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Can Wigston survive the onslaught?

Old 29th Sep 2022, 16:49
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Originally Posted by MPN11 View Post
There are certain things that only Officers know, such as the secret handshake, and they need to be taught these things.
The essentials that used to be taught on the "vicars and tarts course"?
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Old 29th Sep 2022, 18:45
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Originally Posted by charliegolf View Post
Then why waste a day at Cranwell. Give them a uniform and say, at 2359 you are an officer. On your way.

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Perhaps they wanted their day to celebrate their promotion. Much as any Officer would rather have had their graduation parade and ball rather than getting their ranks thrown to them and being told to get on their way.

I was at the College during Covid and all graduating cadets were upset at the mandatory changes due to the virus.

The former WOs don’t wear the bands on their headdress because only Officer Cadets wear them. WOs on the CWOC are not Officer Cadets.



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Old 29th Sep 2022, 18:50
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Originally Posted by The Helpful Stacker View Post
The essentials that used to be taught on the "vicars and tarts course"?
Originally Posted by MPN11 View Post
There are certain things that only Officers know, such as the secret handshake, and they need to be taught these things.
oh we knew that, just led you to think at least you had one thing over us 😉
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Old 29th Sep 2022, 19:10
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Originally Posted by dctyke View Post
oh we knew that, just led you to think at least you had one thing over us 😉
No problem … Officer Cadet in both RN and RAF taught me humility! 😎
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Originally Posted by Just This Once... View Post
That politicians are foolish?

Wiggy may have wanted to be a CO but the RAF decided otherwise. He may have wanted to be an AOC but the RAF made the decision to appoint others instead. Wiggy's sponsors may have got him to 2-star but he only got the conciliation prize of a mediocre joint appointment before he limped to 3-star. Neither the RAF or MOD pushed him further but the then Secretary of Defence (the one that told Russia to 'go away') ignored the candidate list for CAS and pushed Wiggy into the job instead.

Outside of being a squadron boss (technically an OC post only), Wiggy's stint as CAS is his first proper command tour. That choice has aged like fine milk.
I would have thought that Tornado Force Commander and Commander British Forces Cyprus would have been command appointments?
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Originally Posted by Melchett01 View Post
I would have thought that Tornado Force Commander and Commander British Forces Cyprus would have been command appointments?
A further twist in the tale is that he is now the Senior Duty Holder for all aircraft in the RAF but he's never been a Delivery Duty Holder nor an Operating Duty Holder.

In DSA01.2 Chapter 2 available via Gov.uk it says : The ODH and DDH should be able to demonstrate that: a) they have the ability to manage the RtL for which they are accountable by having appropriate authority and influence to implement agreed mitigation, including the necessary budgetary involvement; b) they are suitably qualified and experienced to undertake their delegated responsibilities;

How has he demonstrated his ability for the current post in this regard when the two preceding steps for SDH SQEP have not been trodden?
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Old 30th Sep 2022, 14:18
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Originally Posted by Nil_Drift View Post
A further twist in the tale is that he is now the Senior Duty Holder for all aircraft in the RAF but he's never been a Delivery Duty Holder nor an Operating Duty Holder.

In DSA01.2 Chapter 2 available via Gov.uk it says : The ODH and DDH should be able to demonstrate that: a) they have the ability to manage the RtL for which they are accountable by having appropriate authority and influence to implement agreed mitigation, including the necessary budgetary involvement; b) they are suitably qualified and experienced to undertake their delegated responsibilities;

How has he demonstrated his ability for the current post in this regard when the two preceding steps for SDH SQEP have not been trodden?
we’ve been through this - that entire point of the SDH having a Senior Operator and Senior Engineer is to provide that SQEP.
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Originally Posted by alfred_the_great View Post
we’ve been through this - that entire point of the SDH having a Senior Operator and Senior Engineer is to provide that SQEP.
In addition, Haddon-Cave was clear that these should be dedicated 2-star positions. That is not the case for either post.
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Originally Posted by Just This Once... View Post
That politicians are foolish?

Wiggy may have wanted to be a CO but the RAF decided otherwise. He may have wanted to be an AOC but the RAF made the decision to appoint others instead. Wiggy's sponsors may have got him to 2-star but he only got the conciliation prize of a mediocre joint appointment before he limped to 3-star. Neither the RAF or MOD pushed him further but the then Secretary of Defence (the one that told Russia to 'go away') ignored the candidate list for CAS and pushed Wiggy into the job instead.

Outside of being a squadron boss (technically an OC post only), Wiggy's stint as CAS is his first proper command tour. That choice has aged like fine milk.
He was CO of 903EAW out in Basrah. Group Captain post you will find that was. I know as I was out there when he was.
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Old 30th Sep 2022, 17:53
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Originally Posted by Red Line Entry View Post
In addition, Haddon-Cave was clear that these should be dedicated 2-star positions. That is not the case for either post.
I think the recommendation only said "senior rank". With other posts being downgraded maybe these were too?
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