There is much derision, some justified some not, amongst the Regular Army and TA about Officers serving with the ACF. I personally believe, even more so in recent years, that the ACF is much more accountable to the Army and the Army in turn expects much more of the ACF. No one is suggesting for one moment that the average ACF Officer could lead soldiers in battle as a Regular or TA Officer could be expected to do, but I believe ACF Officers are justified in holding the Queens Commission (anyone who talks about Lord Lieutenant Commissions doesn't know their arse from elbow) for the position of responsibility and accountability they are in. The commissioning process, again open to criticism from many in the Regular Army and TA, has been tightened up considerably in the past five or so years since the introduction of ACF candidates before the TCB. The majority of candidates also do a series of pre-TCB weekends and interviews. The vast majority of ACF Officers know their role, know their place, keep their head below the parapit and do the best for their cadets. However, something people may not be aware of is the commissioning process for Officers of the RAF Volunteer Reserve Training Branch (RAFVR(T)). These are the Officers in the ATC. To be commissioned in the RAFVR(T) you have a sit down interview with the Wing Commander (Lt Col equivalent, who runs an ATC 'county') and the Regional Commandant (a Group Captain, Col equivalent, who runs an ATC 'brigade'). That's it: no command tasks, no leaderless tasks, no planning exercises, no obstacle courses, no final races and no lecturettes. They have all their adults, cadets and even Regulars brainwashed into calling them Sir at the end of every sentence and springing to attention with nauseating frequency. They are so prim and proper it is like they are in a comedy sketch. Also, the ATC places a disproportionate responsibility on civilian instructors - they are expected to teach military skills without any formal training. Civilian instructors regularly help with weapon handling, running ranges, and in certain circumstances are even permitted to be a Range Conducting Officer. What views do other people have of ATC Officers and the training of Adults?