The current Director has, on more than one occassion, made it clear that he regards the percentage of Late Entrant Officers in our glorious Corps to be slightly too high. To that end, he has instigated measures (or soon will), two of which are that commissioning can granted only from WO1, and candidates will face a selection board interview. Now, The Intelligence Corps has a number of officer LSNs to fill. On the plus/gains side you have these being filled by DE from Sandhurst, and some transferee officers from other capbadges. The remainder need to be filled by LEs. On the minus side you have wastage, which falls into two main categories - those officers who sign off to seek life elsewhere, and those at the end of their contract. Increasingly, sadly, there is a growing third reason of operational losses. So despite what the Director might wish, and I not correct in saying that the number of vacancies is dicatated by a Glasgow spreadsheet telling the Corps how many officers are needed for the upcoming year, after the gains and losses have been calculated. If this is the case, what influence can the Director bring to bear on the numbers?