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The 'Not the CR2 army leadership' thread

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On the CR2 upgrade thread, I published this post, which will go down in the anals of ARRSE history:

"This has come up in many threads. Several of the same points over and over, including how, as the army/military shrinks, the truly talented bugger off elsewhere and the group-think specialists stay on because, frankly, they know they'd be caught out if they left.

That's not wholly true. As in policing, there are some truly talented and dedicated individuals who are remaining because they know that if they go the job's truly fücked, if I may borrow a phrase.

Current recruiting, though, seems to be doing a good job of alienating the traditional feedstock while not doing a very good job of attracting the non-traditional. Those complaints about gender and ethnicity have a fair basis in fact.

So, in many cases, we're caught between dinosaurs, mediocrities and those who seem determined to dismantle the system from within.

Probably a discussion for a different thread, though."

So, here it is.
 
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We will have the bitter retired Major along shortly to complain about marksmanship and wedgiments!
 
Would anyone notice? It is not as if most infantry battalions are well-manned to begin with...
Exactly. Neither are they overly busy just now. Realistically we have too small an army to be of much use in a major war on continental Europe, no great desire to become involved in Africa, Asia or South America, and no need to be involved in North America, Australasia or Antarctica.
I suspect we'd be better off either going full heavy metal, or boosting RM numbers for long range littoral forays.
 
On the aspect of those who clear off, I knew a number of good officers in REME who where promoted to Major and/or Lt Colonel quite early in their careers. They realised that they were of good quality so left with their pensions after two years in the rank for better paid jobs as civilians.
The smaller the Army the more good quality officers will realise that their careers are limited so will leave for pastures new.
 
On the aspect of those who clear off, I knew a number of good officers in REME who where promoted to Major and/or Lt Colonel quite early in their careers. They realised that they were of good quality so left with their pensions after two years in the rank for better paid jobs as civilians.
The smaller the Army the more good quality officers will realise that their careers are limited so will leave for pastures new.

Equally true of good quality NCOs and WOs.
 
Is it time for this thread again?
 
I left when I realised there wasn't a Field Marshall's Baton in my small pack......not that I ever wore one.
 

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