Is REME MCM a personnel department, who are approachable, with a view to IIP and retention? (I think NOT!!) · Pay 2000 was a major blow to retention within REME, why attend extended trade and military courses (most of which are worthless in civilian life), get paid the same as an Infantry person, BUT have reduced promotion prospects (unless tiffy). Additionally have inferior working conditions (extended hours as a result of inadequate Equipment Care). · This combined with the lack of information from REME MCM concerning postings, promotion and publication of results causes confusion and career indecision and personnel signing off. · Unless you are an Officer, it is discouraged to contact REME MCM, as a result desk personnel often have to act on third hand information, or a preference of posting request which invariably is invalid, due to limited posts becoming vacant. If you request a list of posts available, invariably you will be told to submit a preference of posting by the unapproachable desk officer Major (Rtd. RAMC) · Promotion to Artisan VM SSGT (beside waiting for someone to die!) what do you have to do to gain promotion? After 19 years, 6 yrs sub Sgt, FE, glowing CR s, been deployed all over the world and running my own 8 person fitter section, I have been informed I am qualified. So why am I not promoted? Is the answer I m not sucking unto the OC, or a YES man? (How do they select personnel, a lucky dip bag?) Then to add insult to injury it is impossible to ascertain your position on the promotion board, AND they only issue the first 6 months results. So how can you plan your life when REME MCM are aware of who will be promoted and posted within the next 12 months, withhold the information at the stage when you are starting to plan a major career change which have severe implications on family life (especially children in education). CONCLUSION In my opinion REME MCM requires new blood in the form of NON-MILITARY management, to bring them from the 19th into the 21st century, and remove the old boy network! This would provide much needed NEW ideas and hopefully improve the passage of information, enabling individuals to monitor their own careers make an educated career plan, and ultimately improve retention through awareness. Nick (A very disillusioned, unsatisfied VM Sgt) ANY COMMENTS?