A touch different. The high-end special mission units use 'squadron' in the British sense, around 60-80 specialist types in the doorkicking line of business. I *thought* squadron commanders in these units were OF-3, though, but I'm sure you're right.But is that not the same for US Army Cav/Aviation? Lt Cols Command the “Squadron”, which is actually their name for a Battalion?
Or are they literally Commanding 60(ish) blokes and gals?
IS there a precedent for that?Swiftly followed by mass P45s for a lot of senior officers,
Didn't AVM Keith Park have a lot to do with it- who was also sidetracked.IS there a precedent for that?
In the Senior Service perhaps the unfortunate Admiral Byng still casts a shadow, but when was the last senior officer sacked for military incompetence (excluding filling in expenses forms)?
Of course the Light Blue hit the jackpot when they sidetracked Dowding shortly after he (and pretty much he alone) won the Battle of Britain.
Park was The Man. I have the BofB 75 edition of the Air Power journal, which contains many of his directives to Sector Controllers. Talk about the ability to clearly communicate comd’s intent with clarity and brevity.
(when I opined to AOC 11 Gp that this was a skill RAF senior officers had lost, he looked at me like a dog watching the telly).
He certainly says some unusual things. His comments between 2 min 09 and 2 min 16 for example.That’s a hilarious interview.
And going to cause some very sad para and bootneck staff officers who’ve been very hard not to use the word “special” and have been using “specialised”. And all for naught. Poor them.