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Old 18 December 2000, 15:38
FNG FNG is offline
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Many of your early QL courses are scored only for the top three candidates, and then the rest are ranked in the categories of 'Upper third', 'Middle', and 'Lower third'.

Like Enfield said, doing well in your QL2, QL3 and QL4 won't make it easier for you to get a jump course, but you may be one of the first ones the Ops staff calls when a spot does become available. They'll probably give it to someone who they think have a good chance of passing the course, and that probably means a hard charging soldier with a good track record in past courses.

You have to realize first that jump courses are only offered in Trenton several times a year, and Reg force, or any other airborne tasked units have priority. If there are spaces open, then the rest of the units in the area will try to fight for one of those spaces. And so within the regiment itself, you have to compete with others to get that space.

On the topic of officers...although I am not an officer, or have the qualifications, I have realized this from reading about battles in Italy carried out by the Hasty Ps.
I have previously thought the same as others about Os, but after consideration, I realize that they are not to blame.

The reason high ranking officers are detached to the troops is because it simply isn't their job to pay much personal concern. Think about it... if reserve units were all at full strength, with regiments numbering at nearly a thousand. How can the regiment's CO possibly worry about the welfare a thousand people? They can't... not directly at least.

It is the job of his RSM or CSM to tell him of any problems within the CO's coy. Likewise, it is the job of the Pl. WO to inform the CSM or RSM if there exist a problem in a Platoon. And as you may have already guessed, it's your Sect. Comd.'s job to keep the Pl. WO informed. That's why the chain of command exists. It is unrealisitic for troops to expect a high ranking officer to keep track of the status of everyone of his troops, especially in battle.

An officer thinks of his troops as battle assets. A regiment's CO thinks of his assets as three or four companies, and the OC of each company thinks of his assets as three platoons. So when they issue orders, they issue three or four sets of orders, one to each Coy or Pl... not a hundred set of orders, one for each soldier in a Coy.

So if you think it is always the officers who don't think about the troops, you may have to ask yourself... is your Pl. WO or CSM keeping the Os informed? Did YOU let your Sect. Comd or Pl. WO know about what your situation is?

Yes, in the current peace time reserve system, with only a few hundred soldiers in each regiment, it is easy to think that the CO should know everything, such as personal history, performance in duty, or moral of each individual soldier; and many COs do in fact know all their troops. But they are not trained to do that. We, the troops and NCO always want training to be realistic... so shouldn't the officers also carry out their peacetime duties as with accordance to wartime?

[This message has been edited by FNG (edited 12-18-2000).]
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