I am sure that everyone will agree that the decision to change the Corps RSM to a Corps ASM was without doubt an inspired one. After all, why should a technical Corps have a non-technical tradesman as the figure head of the Other Ranks. The system has now been in place a few years and we have had a variety of incumbents, but I am sure that a few of you will have spotted an ongoing flaw in the appointment process, have you? The Corps ASM is selected from a short-list of suitable candidates identified during the LE Commissioning process and, in the end, the decision is made by the current DEME(A); he must choose someone who has already been chosen to become an officer! Does anyone truly believe that such an individual is best placed to represent the Other Ranks of the Corps? Can you honestly trust such an individual to raise contentious issues with the Officers of the Corps on your behalf? What is the alternative I hear you ask? The Corps has now made a firm commitment to the Versatile Engagement (VEng). All junior members of the Corps are on VEng and many more senior members have been converted to VEng as a result of the VEng Boards. VEng therefore gives some members of the Corps, the opportunity to continue in a full career as a WO1 (ASM), without accepting a commission. Would a full career ASM, who will not receive further promotion, not be a better representative of the Other Ranks of the Corps? Now I am not for one minute suggesting that we have an X-Factor style phone-in to vote for the next ASM, however as MCM Div now conduct an annual assignments plot for WO1's, potential candidates could be identified using this process and then approached to gauge their interest; a final short-list of interested candidates could then be interviewed. A condition of acceptance would have to be that the individual accepts full career continuance, whilst not applying for a commission during their 2-3 year tenure as Corps ASM. A final benefit of this process would be the opportunity for the position of Corps ASM to be filled by a suitable Artisan. Gentlemen, I leave it to your vote and discussion.