I considered posting this in Infantry forum, but felt it would get wider coverage in Officer forum. I would like to seek opinions about a fairly sensitive topic - YO training for operations. The Infantry demands that pl comds conduct PCBC prior to commanding its soldiers. I see no problem with that whatsoever. I remember a scottish DINF saying that he would not allow a YO to go on ops unless he had passed PCBC because he felt he owed it to the soldiers that they were led by correctly trained officers. Another thread has commented on BBC documentaries about RA in Iraq. I saw an episode where one of the tp ldrs arrived apparently straight from RMAS -i.e., without going on Tp Ldrs course. One assumes that the RA YO course does not offer any more training that would be relevant to leading a patrol in Iraq. If the pl comd was an infantryman he would have had completed PCBC and therefore his men would be better served. If a non-infantry YO is going to lead soldiers in an 'infantry role' does he need more than just RMAS training?