As a young officer in a teeth arm I am now staggered by the hurdles placed before us all in order to get from where I am now to Leading a Sqn. (The only post we all want as a Maj). This 'Tunnel of Doom' is made darker by the need to find all the augmentees for the OCP (about 3000), of which many are SO3 posts and junior SO2 jobs. To add insult to injury the new ICSC(L) programme means that effectively everyone gets to go to staff college. So the point of going to RHQ for a sound thrashing in the top Capt jobs at RD is also fairly pointless. Further to that there is now a view to bolt on an extra year to ICSC(L) for those who finish in the top quartile. Is it me or are we just slowly re-inventing the wheel of proper staff college. And as for MK2 and the MA programme - completely barking. The ROCC programme sadly written by someone who wears my capbadge. Apologies to all. What I am getting at is how do we expect to retain young officers when there is nothing to look forward to except trawls and crappy SO3 jobs at Bde HQ.