That's probably the cheapest way of doing it. Maybe Welbeck should pick up where Harrogate left off? A vast proportion of the LE OF3/4 had been through, and the pyramid below was full of them....if Sandhurst is aiming too high.A more fundamental question might be; can Welbeck lead to good technical officers? I have my doubts. The gap between initial selection at 15 to graduation is 6 years for most engineering graduates. Add another year at Sandhurst and six months YO training and it’s quite possible for there to be 8 years between first selection and gainful employment.
Back when RMCS existed, Welbeck and Shrivenham produced a steady stream of technical graduates with military focussed degrees. It did so at a time when around 10% of young people went to university. There just weren’t enough technical graduates coming from mainstream universities to fill the requirement.
Now half do and many are doing STEM subjects. There’s a much bigger pool and far fewer needed.
Surely the answer is to provide an attractive, competitive career and market it well to the graduating STEM population rather than try to select 15 years olds 8 years before they will be employed?