I've had a good think on whether to start this topic or not. However, my curiosity has got the better of me. Sjt Chris Reed has been the latest casualty in Helmand. I've read his colleagues comments on Defence Intranet and clearly he was a top bloke. However, this sentence caught my eye: Is it usual for someone to make Sjt after 7 years? Can you really gain the required knowledge in such a short time? I know we've had quite a few threads on the speed of promotion for Scalies, but this is even quicker. Let's not turn this thread into another RIP one, nor start on the "you're disrespecting him" nonsense. Cheers.