While I don't consider myself to be long in the tooth (over 10 years as an RA Officer), neither do I view myself as a crow bag, so I felt I would ask the question: Do people think that officer's standards are slipping? By which I mean how they behave, what they expect to do at RD etc. I have heard quite a few new(ish) officers wandering around recently with no grasp of the "dull" background stuff that need to be carried out at RD (Mess Committees, standards of behaviour and etiquette, functions, others), as they have been pretty much thrashed by the Op tempo for the 2/3/4 even 5 years that they have served. If not on ops, they were training for ops or on the usual training rotation. In a way, I don't blame the Officers concerned - they know no different - and I can't blame "the system", as it is there to prepare these guys for a job (ops), but is it a bad (or sad) thing that some of the traditions of the Gunners (yes, mostly Officer Corps specific, but some WO & SNCOs I have spoken to recently see the same in their mess) are looking to die out as people don't have the time or patience, or see the need to do these things? Or am I just a stuffy, crusty old bloke (I hope not) who has finally realised that my time within the RD confines of the Horse have finally rubbed off and I am now sufficiently senior of service to rustle my Telegraph and harrumph the NIG Officers of today - I am sure it was different when I was that NIG Officer though! Thoughts, abuse, right royal ribbings and opinions all interestingly received.