Serious post for a change, Upon arrival at my new unit a couple of years ago I was told that to get promoted I would need to have an instructional qualification such as CBRN, BCDT, etc. I appreciate that a soldier needs to remain as employable as possible, but is teaching the only way? From what I've seen so far being the dog's bollocks at your job isn't enough, in fact it's not even necessary as long as your face is seen in the right circles. There are only two others in my unit who AREN'T instructors in something, which leaves us in a pretty poor situation when the board sits, especially as DIT courses aren't exactly being given away in crackers these days. I'm not particularly suited to teaching anyway if I'm being honest, so I'd rather channel my energy into something which could also be more beneficial to myself as an individual. I thought I'd ask others on this forum who may have faced these challenges themselves. What else gets you promoted? Also, which achievements are looked upon more favourably by the board?