These quotes combined are close to the situation at a neighbouring Sqn.
1x officer as OC
1x “new style WO” (promoted through from Sgt)
Selection of CIs
The WO was 2IC and much more “Officer” than “NCO till i die” type and when the OC said they were standing down in X months due to bigger and better role at work everyone expected the WO to step up.
Apparently it was suggested he should get a commission given the enevitable path he was on but he like the CI couldnt see the personal benefit.
Despite 10 years service as an NCO, everyones favourite candidate and someone with the skills and compentance for the role - to do what everyone wanted was to get a commission.
A paperwork process to apply
A board to sit
OASC to complete
And then ATF
All to prove what everyone new he was capable and willing to do.
I heard it was “too much bother for a change in cloth [rank slide]” and why there is now a baby officer running the unit, less than 4 years experience of the organisation discounting time ~30 years ago when they were a cadet themselves.
The Squadron is doing ok, but the process doesnt attract the right people…or at least puts off those who could be right