Interesting point just came up in another thread - raised by GOATMAN: The US Armed Forces have a stratospherically senior OR at the right hand of each of the relevant service Chiefs of Staff, with a specific mandate to represent enlisted views and interests, both to the chain of command and to - in the US case - Congress and the Senate. They also have Command Sergeants Major at formation level, who perform a similar function for the 4*, 3* and 2* officers in command of those formations. Now, the senior WO in the British Army is the RSM at Sandhurst, right (yes, yes, I know about Conductors RLC, but no-one's going to ask them about anything but their thing, are they?) - and no-one, to the best of my knowledge, calls him from Whitehall for a soundbite on pay and conditions. So - is this a model our Lords and Masters should be thinking about? Are there pros? Are there cons? Should the job be non-commissionable by definition? Edited to give credit where credit's due.