What ever happened to the old role of the squadron 2IC. Previously they were also the Ops Officer. They were well qualified and could hold their own in the Ops environment. Now it appears that a lot of young Lieutenants are posted in on promotion to Captain and are instantly employed in G1 jobs (CRs, manning etc) as 2ICs . Is this fair on them? How can they evolve (be taught) to be Sqn Comds if they are employed in G1 roles, move on to Adjt roles, then get Comd of a Sqn if they have not worked in the Ops room? I am not stating that they are incapable of commanding a Sqn, however, if after being an officer in the Corps they are posted as 2IC Sqn and they are only dealing with G1 issues (I know some will come back on the site and say they have many tasks) How can we expect them to take Comd in an Ops role if their whole career to date is based on (except some paperwork training) soldiers welfare and discipline (isnât that what Tp Comds do â plus adv trg). This surely is not the way ahead for the Corps. Where is their experience of writing warning order, exercise instruction Op orders etc (donât tell me that comes at Staff College, surely that is just crossing the Ts and dotting the Is) The under qualified 2IC (not their fault at this point) is currently trg the Tp Comds to look after troops, but only in G1 issues (at this point we, the Corps have not shown them how to be Ops Officers). The Tp Comds have little enough knowledge as it is of comms/Ops. The end result it that more and more Tp SNCOs are responsible for CRs etc. The SSM is doing recces and discipline without giving the benefit of their wisdom to the 2IC. The Ops teams do not have the chance to share their experience with the 2IC and the Tp SNCOs are too caught up in paperwork dealing with G1 issues to effectively train the Tps. Why? Because the Sqn 2IC is too busy doing mid year appraisals, CRs, discipline matters etc. End result = the Sqn Comd of the not too distant future is reacting to paperwork and reports pushed down from Land, IIP, SHEF, MCM Div, to ensure that all the deadlines are met for reporting, these are then pushed down to the Tps, and the Sqn 2IC is responsible for checking the content. Therefore the Sqn Comd of the future is left in the position where they think this is the norm. I am sure that this is not relevant to all Sqn 2IC jobs across the Corps but is vastly becoming the norm for the majority. MAJORity, funny word to end this on, especially when we are discussing the future Comds in the Corps, who are, in the vast majority of cases, being misemployed. Misemployment is what these concerns are based on. If they are going to Comd in the future lets give them a fair crack of the whip and employ them as Sqn 2ICs/Ops Officers. Alternatively bring in another Captian as Ops Officers and not as G1 Clerks. Look forward to your thoughts.