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Trade milestones for NCMS are recognized with promotion. If you achieve the qualification you can be promoted.*That's what I meant, just wasn't clear. Still makes absolutely zero sense.
If someone earns a clearance diver badge, jump wings etc they can still wear them regardless of what trade/element they end up in. This is just standards RCN stupidity, good thing our ships are in great shape and fully crewed with no issues to be sorted out.
Even though this didn't take much actual work (virtually none, based on the quality of the pin) still pretty much any time they spent on this could have been better spent doing anything else. If they were going to half ass a pin for a core trade progression milestone they should have started with the various NCM ones, not the NWOs. I don't think anyone wants any, but really just seems like an NWO dick swinging item for the wet/dry lists that have started. Which is redundant really, and if someone needs a golden moustache for people to know they were a CO, probably weren't a good one (but not bad enough to make the paper).
Trade milestones listed for these NWO badges are not promotable gateways (though they add points to the PER). I do not know what LCdr/Cdr NWO's have for qualifications especially when you mix in PRes. Plenty of MCDV CO's and AOPS CO's will not have been an ORO.*
Basically we are all losing our s*** over what is essentially, at its core, a trade badge.
NWO SLt and above will have it (bronze minimum), Engineers will not. Loggies will still have their different cap badge.
As for wet/dry that balloon was popped well over 10 years ago. When the CMS sent out a letter to all MARS officers regarding the career progression opportunity differences between those unofficial lists. Basically spoke to the elephant in the room.
*I know @Navy_Pete you know this, I'm not being condescending, just being extra clear for the public forum's sake as others may not know it.