At a party over the weekend, I caught up with an acquaintance currently serving at the last unit I was with a few years back. Since his current CO has been in post a lot of soldiers have signed off as well as best part of a dozen officers leaving. Morale is not good. new RMAS regimental quotas may mean the officer posts will take longer to fill. The good level the previous Co had left the Bn in is being eroded and things seem to be coming to a head. I had been on ops with the current CO when he was a Coy comd and things only went okay due to a lot of people paddling like fcuk below the surface and patching up the lack of practicality in his plans . A CSM even had to pack his bergen for him once . Yet he gets promoted and continues to command in a wishy washy way on ops. Has he been promoted because he makes all the right noises upwards? or because he has an excellent staff capability and his destined place is higher up, away from the troops, thinking permanently of the bigger picture and "synergistic combined effect"? I served with one or two brilliant COs (the best a jock CO nicknamed warrior), most to a man non grads who only wanted to command their Bn on ops. The rest were more and more "intelligent" COs who saw Bn command as only a step to a higher staff career, but is this the future? more career orientated COs than "professional"?