This is a question being pondered by many at this moment in time, inside and outside of SEME. But has anyone stopped and thought to ask the craftsman what he thinks? Could it be the contrast in course length? Having to do 5 months worth of bench fitting, welding, sheet metal work and black smithing. Before moving on to learn how a weapon they have never seen before operates, how to fully strip/ assemble, what common damages are and go through the AESP word for word. Not only this they have to build up a weapon ready to fire and revise for a theory examination within 10 days of first laying eyes on the weapon. On joining the REME as an armourer are you not supposed to be an apprentice? If you were I am sure your GPMG lecturers would not be wasting your precious time leaving you unattended whilst smoking a pipe and watching films in the classroom next door. An apprentice is told what mistake he has made and how to correct it; not having the weapon slammed back on his desk and told nothing more than XUF! It seems to me that the old and bold lecturers there believe if you do not understand what I have told you the first time, then tough shit. The lecturers love each other down at the small arms section dont they? It is hard to concentrate when you have got the Phil Mitchell look alike (Strongbow jacket) and Mr Artisan Sgt for 22 years moaning about your previous instructors in front of your face. And what about Mr Heckler & Koch himself? - The HI waddling in every five minutes giving you the graph/timeline saying You are here and you should be up here! You will be glad to know that the Royal Marines get preferential treatment on the ARMR course. In this instance 2 Royals and 2 Cfn failed a theory exam. The HI, out of the goodness of his heart, decided to personally give the failed students a lecture after hours to help them overcome the resit exam. The only problem is he forgot to invite the Cfn. My peers and I believe that the only way to overcome this problem is to get rid of VT. Military instructors should be installed. The examiner hung, drawn and quartered for his incompetence and the non essential shite at the start of the course shortened. Give us more time on the weapons. Finally bring the passion that we had before starting the course back! But we all know that is never going to happen. So Army, get used to the shortage. A Ghost at SEME-Boredom.