We have often resorted to non-commisoned paltoon commanders in the infantry. On an op tour five years ago, two of the platoon commanders in my company were CSgts. The two platoons they commanded were by far the most effctive in the Bn.
all for the troop commander bit, good for someone with a bit of experience to do the job (rules out cpl ibilola then ) and would be excellent for those CMTs who are looking to move on to RSM posts afterwards.
All of these threads appear to have been initiated by members with minimal posts to their names. I think 'Ibby the Corporal' has several identities.
Still, he can have as many as he likes.........it's just that he'll not be able to include 'WO2' amongst his collection.
Now then, exceptionally well qualified Corporal.........make sure those ablutions are clean and get by yer bed. There's an exceptionally unqualified WO2 somewhere in your unit, who wants to conduct a room inspection.
Speaking as one who was a troopy not all that long ago, I can testify that our role lacks clarity and this will not be improved by placing Warrant Officers in these positions. The Medical Regiment concept still needs work on the fine details.
For the record, as a troopy I spent most days in my office doing staff work for my OC, preparing Range Day packages for the regiment and trying to work out what my troop did with their days.
Eventually I discovered that it involved tents, brooms and occasional first parades of BFAs except when we were doing regimental beat-up training for the next deployment. I was so bored I almost sacked it there and then.
WO2 as platoon commander eh, whats a PC? Can't remember the last time I had one of those, in fact I'm the only one left in my platoon. Is somebody trying to tell me something? "Marching up and down the parade ground..." as per Monty Python.
I can't recall ever having to do a CE as a troopy, nor ever since. Of course, that was one of the problems - I never got given proper orders either, just "go there, do this, call me if you have a problem".
As for "cutting their teeth", I'm sorry but that's tantamount to students hanging around in libraries in the belief that some sort of knowledge will move from books to brains without teachers intervening. The Tp Comd role is supposed to be a chance for 2Lt/Lts to learn the routines that RMAS doesn't cover (I didn't even know how to request transport - hell, I didn't know I could!) with the guidance of the Sqn OC/2IC and SSM, but at the same time it should be a chance for the Tp Comd to take control of a Troop and lead them in something more constructive than sweeping f'ing store sheds.
Sorry - OT rant there... Back on-topic, the real problem are the decisions that Tp Comds are supposed to make - officers have the nerve to take the tough calls in a jam, but few WOs I've met will make hard decisions without top-cover. Sensible in barracks, but not the mentality needed whe the shit really hits the fan.