I'm not sure I understand your comment that higher echelons need us - FF/DD SPO enhancement has not been a FLEET directive, it was a ComMarRes idea.
This is not to say you cannot add value to an RFA/STUFT etc, and I'm sure their Masters would be more than happy to have you on-board.
I don't want this to turn into a flame war, but having had first hand experience of what the GSSR SPO teams do, I am in some small way qualified to talk about this!
This is exactly my point. As far as ComMarRes is concerned this IS what the fleet want from the RNR. But you say not. So the point is the higher echelons are giving a totally different message to the actually working level fleet. I totally agree with you m8. You boys need to tell your bosses that they're talking bollux if that's what you think.
However, in terms of training us for RFA / STUFT, perhaps you guys should put your money where your mouth is and help us to become the dedicated professionals you think we're not - instead of complaining we're not up to the job........