Whilst wandering around the garages the other day, we got in a bit of discussion about trades and training within the Corps. And wondered about the creation of a new trade for Regimental Duties. (The Royal Signals used to have a General Duties or we could call it Regimental Specialist as per REME or perhaps Non-Communications Support Specialist ). Anyway. The thinking went along the lines of allowing ANY Class 2 LCpl or higher to formally retrade to this specialisation. Those in this trade would be selected for duties such as Phase 1 instructor (junior and adult), Mil Trg slots (phase 2 and in unit), APTI, RP duties and suchlike. Appointments such as RQMS (A), Training WO and similar could be opened to them with commisioning routes such as QM (A) and Regt Trg Officer. SQMS in some units could also be given, with the thinking that the new Lineystoreman could take the specialised SQMS slots, RQMS (T) and MTWO slots, and that these should be considered as Supervisory slots in the same way as Foreman or Yeoman. (Doesn't mean they get the badge though). Edit, i suppose a better term would be "tied promotion routes" ie Driver Storeman, SQMS, MTWO, RQMS (T), QM (T)/MTO. Tech, Foreman/Tech SSgt-Tech WO. It was thought that SSM and RSM, maybe even RQMS (a) should be left open to ALL trades bar those who had already moved in to a supervisor slot (hence the above classificaion of RQMS (T) and MTWO), nor anyone who had opted for WOiT. It was sort of hoped that this parrellel trade would allow those who wish to pursue the RD side of things would then not be expected to compete on the trade side also. ie the class 2 tech who knows they MUST complete a one year long Class 1 course, when they don't want to. Retrading would take longer. Transfer to Class 2 could be a sort of one year probation/qual up period. With Class 1 NCSS being awarded on either attendance of the relevant courses AND/OR a specific Class 1 course at Blandford. ie Obtain APTI cse, MLT and RP course = Cl 1 NCSS. Obtain OA SAA, Kayak Instr and CBRN = Cl 1 NCSS. Or CBRN, Top rope and abseil and Class 1 NCSS cse = Cl 1 NCSS. Pay would be set at Lower, but with Cl 1 could come Full screw rank. Given the nature of most of the roles that would be undertaken by the NCSS this seems fair, and would perhaps require the use of cse specific for retrade. Workable?