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It's not whining about training, it was complaining about the way the training was delivered.I'm sure you're smart enough to understand the difference between qualified, current, proficient and expert when it comes to training, right? When bullets end up coming back towards me from those Fig 11 targets on the range, I definitely want to be way better than "qualified" to do pairs live. Pairs live is a dangerous training event, and takes a lot of work up to do safely. We all have our biases based on our environments and trades, so maybe your trade doesn't need this training but mine definitely does, and it was removed without any nuance to that requirement.
Everyone loves to beat the strawman about HRA/FSAs (I won't say clerks so people don't get triggered) not needing Army training. No problem, remove them. The Combat Support trades require it as well as some of the Combat Service Support trades, and the Army has pushed that onto the trade schools to figure out instead of having the Combat Arms create a standard they want to see out of their enablers so they're safe and effective on the battlefield.
All this whining about BMQ-L and AJLC makes me wonder if those folks would be singing a different tune if environmental allowances were treated like spec pay: You gain it and keep it based on specific training requirements. If HRAs/FSAs don't need field training, no problem, they don't need LDA either, they can get casual.
Doing a BMQ-L when you join doesn't help much when you never go to the field in your career, or only go after 10-15 years working in other environments. Having the training delivered locally as required, frees up time and money, while also ensuring the training is still fresh and relevant. We have limited numbers, and are going to be in this situation for some time to come, finding ways to balance "nice to have" training with "need to have" training is smart use of our people.
Otherwise why not send all CAF members on the BMQ-L, and NETP? Sure you might not have to fight a fire at sea in your entire career, but in the event of a fire/flood at sea I want the "riders" to be useful, and not just huddled in the Wardroom/Jr. Ranks/C&POs wondering what is happening.