Not a dig at Techs but just always wondered why they were normally given their first tape after doing their time at Harrogate.? 18 years old with no real Army life behind them against the Operators who had 3 or 4 years in and got made up at 21 or 22 year of age. Was there ever a real justification for it? I have heard it was . 1. To give them higher pay as an incentive to stay in for longer- but most were brain washed and had signed on for 9 anyway. 2. To give them some authority- yes, that really worked Anyone know the truth?