From a trade training point of view, I think this is leading us down the route of units being composed of those people who can do their civilian job in green.
We can't employ many of the regiment on the kit as we don't have time to teach them, we are totally reliant on soldiers civilian skills or experience. I reckon it'll get far worse (especially for those in Sigs roles when BOWMAN comes in).
In the vein of the thread though, I'd be embarassed if I could not complete an 8 mile brisk walk with CFT load.
This expertise seems to be concentrated in groups of SNCO's and officers, (and a few sigs and JNCO's)
I don't understand why we seem to have gained a large skills gap between ORs and officers/SNCO's? (Tempted to think their civilian skill are pushing them far above their fellow soldiers and they are gaining accelerated promotion).
This won't be apparent (yet) in many units, but units that have modern kit have already created the 'specialist TA IS pool' and we will never be able to train soldiers upto the required standards ever again. as the time needed to train is not economical.
The above is not intended as a whinge, more a discusion.
Having officers understand comms is a pain in the ass as it creates multiple chains of command frequently the same problem is being resolved by the two different rank groups