No mince pie stupor..... then or now.
Yes, to a very limited degree, gliding scholarships continued. However, the numbers were drastically reduced, based on the gliding being carried out at RAFGSA sites. Major logistical & admin issues were not addressed - the considerable distance that most cadets would have to travel for their successive weekends, & the huge "gotcha" of having to be accompanied by a CFAV or "guardian" as no DBS was in place for the RAFGSA instructors. Consequently, there were pointed comments from on high stating that the take-up had been poor.
Encompassing BGA from the outset would have drastically enhanced the number of successful gliding scholarships.
Not at all - 2 years ago, at our annual presentations, the guest speaker (serving AVM), quoted numbers for the Services that showed very high percentages of officers (across all 3 Services) were ex-ATC; Can't remember the exact numbers quoted, but for the RAF, it was over 50% - & even higher for the Army! Earlier this year, I took the time to drop in for a long chat at our local RAF CIO; they were emphatic that time in the ATC is invaluable & highly regarded.