Should the British Army have a similar rank to the WO/Chief WO in the US Armed Forces for technical specialists e.g. Medical Personnel and Helecopter Pilots? US WOs have to pass an arduous WO Candidates Course before they become WO1s, and commissioned as CWOs a couple of years later. They all have officer status. This seems a better solution than the aborted Professionally Qualified WO scheme (ie SNCO) planned for the AMS a few months ago. At least those personnel taking degrees and HNDs who don't have command responsibilities would get some recognition in terms of rank. The saddest thing at Shrivenham a few years back was seeing trainee Radiographers (private soldiers) not beng able to socialise with the other undergraduates who were officers.