Hot off the presses is the following information; Offr Wg: 26 LE commissions this year LE offrs get an FCR(LE) at 3rd YOS CRAB 1 â 80 runners for 34 places. Those with 2 OJARS as a Capt had a MUCH better chance of placing. Sldr Wg: 22% of Corps is non-FE (3rd worst in the Army after Bands and Dentists!!) Rec Mech prom to Sgt now on merit only (no 45o line) Residual service rules are under review by AG â Dec 06 may see the rule scrapped. SJAR comes in for WO in 07 with first reports used by MCM in 08. PAAB â 3rd attempt now possible! Versatile Engagement (known as VEng) from 08 12 yrs initial â then convert to: 24 yrs main â most will do this with some converting to: To age 55 â very few will serve all the way to 55 â they go onto 6 year blocks (much like the current continuance) Policy on converting from OEng to VEng to fol. All promotion boards are now posted to Army net. G1 General: Spiked cards are now out â all soldiers should be carrying them. Used to deal with drink spiking in pubs/clubs. NOTICAS cell has moved to Insworth. Old number still works but takes 10+ rings to go through. New number now out on Compassionate cards. JPA will allow sldrs (and offrs!) to now contribute the days pay to REME funds live on the sys. Regtl Col is concerned that a strapped sldr will opt out at the last min to pay for his food on PAYD. Army Investigation Aftercare Support Cell (AIASC) will now manage relationship with deceased sldrâs families G4: New Support Vehicle â SV. Enters service in 07 but rec variant is not due until 09. SEME will have an example of some (inc rec) variants soon. G6: CSS BISA is dead in the long grass â do not hold you breath â the plan is to put JAMES 2 out on DII (Deployed) with a âbespokeâ sys to link down from BGs. Management of the Joint Deployed Inventory (MJDI replaces USAS and GLOBAL) will link from JAMES 2 on DII back to base. G7: YO trg: EngO viva will be at the end of the YOâs first tour. This will be 18 months (12 at present). During this time they will be with the unit for 12(ish) months. Considered a massive ask to pass so quick. PANTHER â new comd and liaison veh. There is a huge trg bill due to remote gun trg. DEME(A) COS is leading on a massive shake up of REME trg - catalyst is the DTR and preferred bidder dates. Bottom line is a move away from Tiffy and long courses in general and towards more work based learning. To be discussed at COâs Cabal. Cl 1 time bar looks like it will be removed, the course may also shrink and a financial incentive is planned at the end. Fireside chat: DEME(A) continued to robustly drive LEAN â after much âdiscussionâ he did however admit that we are in danger of clouding the issue with other factors; RLC constraints and manpower pressures being the biggest two. The drive towards IWFM is not helping as it shows LEAN as the solution to mass production of vehs ready for CHE and not in a more general light.