Tis a sorry story, see what you think. As a 'mech' style Tif as long as you pass your CPO's board you then have to wait a certain amount of time before you pick up your buttons. Well having passed my board I knew I was in for a bit of a wait, i.e. 44 months from finishing course. So by the time I would get my buttons I wouldve been a PO for 7 years, fair enough I knew the score when i started Tifs course(ex POWEM). So when my DO interpreted 1066 in my favour, i.e. 1. 9 months onboard 2. Passed PQE 3. Confirmed PO for 2 years I went to table and got my buttons. I knew that 1066 was fairly ambigious and was quite lucky with how my DO and ship's office read 1066. It looked like I would get away with it. Unfortunately unknown to me one of my colleagues who was on tifs course with me but now on another ship failed his board. The reason for his failure he said was that because he wouldnt get his rate for so long he didnt really try, yeah cheers :roll: So when he saw me with buttons, he flew into severe toys out the pram session. Kicked off with his DO who then really did some digging around. Who then discovered a little known DCI that said any time served on course as PO doesnt count, and it is 44 months from finishing course. Needles to say his DO got on the blower to mine and hence I was disrated back to PO after 6 months of being CPO. It looks like I might be able to keep the extra wages I got paid, as I was paid this in 'good stead', and Ive already spent it. Plus as JPA takes any extra monies off you by 4 days pay every month, i couldnt really afford to lose nigh 400 quid a month, every month for 3 months. So now I got to wait another 18 months, oh well, Ive lost my rate before. Back to not being believed by officers because im 'just' a PO, explaining to all and sundry how I lost my rate. On the plus side at least i dont have to go through that bollox of a selection process and subsequent years long wait until the next training year. Just peeved off with the 'that ******* dipped in so im going to do something about it' attitude of my former colleague.