I am under the distinct impression talking to people more grown up than I that there is a feeling in the Field Army that when the kids leave the factory they brain dump and shrug off whatever they have learnt along with the battle blazer. Is this a unique stand point? Does this mean I am getting crusty? Does anyone care? I am convinced that 80% of the kids who pass RCB would be ok with or without RMAS; mostly they would be 'better' but they weren't bad in the first place. What can RMAS teach the President of the winning Oxford boat crew about leadership, selfless commitment, teamwork and gerneral all-round-good-egg-ish-ness? Likewise can RMAS really test the commitment or robustness of the two blokes who rowed the Atlantic? I know, they are a distinct minority, but are good examples of the standard of man and woman wanting to be junior officers today. What about the remaining 20% - well most of them leave either of their own volition or by invitation. The stupid, devious ones get caught but the clever, devious ones don't. The ones who know how to play the game but don't like the rules slip through. Is the problem of 'bad' officers as stark as imagined. What on earth possesses young officers on leaving Sandhurst to: a. Walk into the RSM's office and introducing themselves: 'Hi, I'm Brian'? b. Sh@g a JNCO? c. Sh@g a SNCO? d. Call their pl sgt by his first name and 'dispense with all that formality cr@p'?