I'm talking about those who joined as Supply Controllers from the word go; these hard-working and intelligent soldiers have had at least two major hammer blows directed against them in recent years.... Firstly, you might recall that in the years 1999-2002 approximately,SupCon was THE trade to either transfer to from within the RLC or to re-capbadge to if from another Arm or Service. The reason behind this was quite simple;it was the best trade for promotion.And to a full-screw/lance-jack with 9-12 years service at their original job and going nowhere fast this was undoubtedly true.How many came in from "the outside" and received one CR(as SJAR's hadnt been invented yet) in their new job and miraculously appeared on the next board? It was as if the preceding 9-12 years,and sometimes more in certain cases,hadnt happened and the soldier had suddenly reinvented her/himself... Ive seen soldiers do one job as a SupCon,get found out and then be moved to RCMO's Sgt or Admin Sgt where they could do no more damage at trade. The second big thing to test any loyal "pure" SupCon was the amalgamation of the SupCon and SupSpecs trade to form the mongrel job of firstly Supplier and now "Logistic Specialist". It must be said that this was the aim of SupSpecs for many a year and they achieved it.You only had to listen to them whingeing about SupCon promotion whenever a board was published to see how bitter they were.My answer to them everytime was usually along the lines of "When I walked into the ACIO I turned left and when you walked in you turned right; you made your choice so how about crying about Drivers,Chefs,Movers or even other cap-badges promotion if it bothers you that much?" This usually did the trick. However,they got their way and what is the result? People pigeon-holed into jobs and unable to get out of them because they are either too good at them and so cant be replaced or conversely the useless staying at an easy "Log Spec" role because no-one else wants them. Still, I had a good run at being a Supply Controller and look back fondly to when the full-screw provisioner at a Stores Sect/Tp or even Sgt provisioner at Bde Sp Sqns told a higher-ranking SupSpec what was about to arrive in his beloved storehouse or wagons and what was leaving it and there was nothing they could do about it. "Log Specs".... I despair. PS Pet Ops - you're next into the mongrel trade.