Well, no, of course not but why not. Let's start to employ the best man for the job. Regional Bdes are all about the civil military relationships. They require little operational savvy. The units within the bdes are reserve units (I acknowledge that there are exceptions, so calm down) and most of them are never going to deploy on ops as formed units. The bdes themselves are certainly not going to do so (excluding the NI Bde that is already on ops). In my bde the most challenging activities in the trg year are providing military support to the 2700 children taking part in Ten Tors and a CAST exercise every now and then. And I know that the military planning demanded of a bde during CAST could be conducted by a competent captain and a decent QM and that the bde comds role is to create an effective civil - military relationship, but even then, as a junior partner. So, the most significant operational task that will ever be conducted by a regional bde is carried out entirely in the civilian arena. I argue that a high-quality reserve officer with all the civilian skills, local contacts and experience is more likely to be better suited to manage a regional bde than regular officer recently returned from commanding in the green zone and working as a Colonel in the Armt Briefing Team or at Warminster, Germany or Glasgow. The thing that will stop us using the best man for the job is the unstated MS issue of having regular officers reported on by a TA officer with the perceived career foul this cheapened report may have and the loss of jobs for the boys. However, it may be time to grow up and give the job to the person best suited to the task. So, let's gently start the roumour "I hear Col X (chose a decent one for God's sake) is going to comand 143 Bde" and it'll become the truth .....and one, two, three...you are back in the room.