Rang them today.
Spoke to a friendly, helpful individual in the competitions section. He reckoned the competition would be tough because "a lot of the NCOs have engineer qualifications and many of them will probably go for it".
Is this the case? If so, I haven't a hope.
My interpretation of this is that the competition is pretty much an internal promotion and was just being advertised because they are required to do so. This is slightly disconcerting.
Ah well. Soldier on and all that jazz (pardon pun). I applied today. Fingers crossed. That job would be class!
Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.