Well the pin has been pulled, but before the boots and haircut brigade go ape have a read below, I am not here to stir sh!t merely point out that sense in streamlining our LE fraternity into a more useful bunch. Firstly, what job can an RD LE do? They can be OC Spt/HQ Sqn (can be done by a DE), they can be an MTO (can be done by just about anybody (I know two units where an Ex tech and Ex Op are MTWOs so how tough can the job be?)). They can be RCMO, but how many times have you seen an Ex RD RMCO who either hates the everbody/supervisory trades or doesn't have the social or management skills to talk in a respectful manner to those who seek their guidance? They could of course be a family/welfare officer but as per the last sentence why would be put someone who has no approachability in a position where they would have to deal with welfare/family issues? Secondly, economics. We are shrinking rapidly and to be blunt there is no room for deadwood. We may soon see our DE's increased and many will not have a technical/operating background so we have to make sure as a Corps we have enough trade expertise coming through (how many of the RD community bin their trade knowledge at the moment they go boots and haircuts?). Thirdly, adaptability. Whereas those in the technical trade would have the ability to do the MTO/OC Sqn/RCMO/QM roles, could this be said of the RD community? How many of them can step up to TOT/Traffic/SO2/3 Staff roles etc? This may seem a little cruel to finger point at men and women who will have given most, if not all, of their adult lives to the Corps but I am afraid we have to adapt to our chaning shape and size and as such here is an area where we can start. Again, this is not an anti-RD attack, I think it is just common sense. Discuss.