Interesting to note how the RNR always shoots itself in the foot. Maybe we should run with what was being muted at the MOD a few years ago. Keep the professional Aviators/Mariners/Medics and ex RN, bin the rest. It will get rid of the arguments of whether any reservist is capable of taking on Senior rank. Of course we do not want this and there have been a lot of arguments put forward against it. Talking to Senior Regular officers, they have been impressed by the Reserve and those officers at SO1 level who have been able to stand their ground with their equals and peers. Promotion within the reserve has changed and is no longer based on whether you are a good egg for the unit or the Reserve. Your RN functional employer is having more say. Within the three specs above it is the Regular 1* Functional employer and his COS, who endorses any recommendation for promotion to SO2 or SO1. It is your insert slip from your exercises that now carries the weight, plus also your OJAR from your mobilsation. Are we now saying that the assessment of Regular 1*'s and his staff are not good enough, as they are basing their assessment on the person being capable of filling an SO1 position and weighing up against regular competition for the rank. If that is what we are saying then certainly one 2SL when he was an OF5 was under the wrong impression. Re the number of SO1's. There are only really three specs that have a requirements for SO1's and they have been mentioned above. Their relevant 1*'s are adamant that they are as substansive rank. At present none of the SO1's are CO's of units. Therefore we now have a conflict between what some on this forum want and what the regular service want. Are we to deny any JO the right to progress through the ranks to the highest level, if he or she has the professional ability to do so? There are quite a few that have been promoted to SO1 due to their performance during their mobilised time, where work thrown at them was at the level expected of an SO2/SO1.