Idea being you put to use what you learned sitting in the right seat for 3-5 years.
That's my point... just who are these newbies going to be learning from ?
It's evident that the companies curent flight crew are lacking some of the qualities necessary to ensure a safe operation... what's being done to overhaul the system ? If the newbies are going to be learning from the current batch of captains who themselves are lacking in good cockpit discipline then we simply perpetuate the problem.
Perhaps what's needed is an influx of experienced people in the left hand seat who've had the benefit of good training in their earlier careers as opposed to the fast track upgrades employed by Pinnacle/Colgan type operations.
The least that the public should expect is a new Flight Ops Director in place to oversee a major improvement in cockpit procedures..
I suspect that there are a good number of left seaters in the operation who are operating under the delusion that they're adequate for the task... it must come as something of a culture shock to them when they upgrade to a major carrier and learn for the first time just how differently things are done.