We have discussed this at length, and as you know, I mostly agree with your ideas. However, what you propose is in no way comparable to the old novice license in complexity of technical study required, and that is where I take exception. If we wanted a 50 question entry level test, maybe it would be better to just reset the general as entry level, and assign a 50 question test. Roll the existing tech questions into the general pool, eliminate duplicate areas, and create a new 50 question test. Eliminate tech totally, as you have described, but have people enter as general, with those existing privileges that generals have. The 50 question test would be the same as the old general had, so there couldn't be a lot of complaints. If you wanted a true "entry level" test, it needs to be on the same level (or simpler), than the existing technician, not more difficult.