You’re playing a dangerous game if you want to cut the amount of eligible trainers like that. I’ve witnessed a trainer shortage in other places, and it’s hairy. The fact is:
1: Since PD is the first branch for almost everyone, there’s a lot of cadets that need to be trained and a lot of demand for trainers.
2: The fact that you make it an application by default means not as many people will choose to pursue it.
3: you’re not going to find that many people who want to train so much they make it their job like that, and possibly not enough to fulfill requirements.
4: FTOs are going to be shoehorned into training all the time no matter what they’re doing because they’re certified for it, and since there’s less of them they’re going to be spending a lot of time training, which is not respectful to people who came to the server to RP and not to train. The training grind might also scare away potential applicants.
Conclusion: An FTO system works for state because they’re not an entry level branch, meaning they have less trainees. The solution is to notify potential sergeants that they will be expected to train, they will use the provided document as a standard and they will be punished if they don’t use it. Even if a training training has to be conducted it’s better than an FTO system. If someone is turned off by an occasional training then they are not a good candidate for a PD supervisor. I’ll be honest, training cadets back to back for hours is not my favorite activity on server, but it’s not hard and it doesn’t take a terribly long time using the doc, so the best solution is informing and enforcing training rules on sergeants. By the way, had I not been a trainer on a much stricter server I wouldn’t have looked for a document no one told me about when I was promoted, so it might really help more than you might realize to tell people when they’re given the responsibility.