My new sub is smart as a whip! He came in under these COVID conditions & still gets it. Trained together (separate vehicles) for the maximum 5 days & ran it on his own 3 days later... no help at all & very few mistakes. Thrown on a different route Saturday due to my working RDWL & got a little bit of help but likely would have been back by 5 without it. Today, 2nd time on my route (Staycationing) & he was back at 3... on a Monday!Virus restrictions on sharing the same airspace have made trainings, and shadow days, ridiculously unproductive. Those RCA's who have come in under this mess and actually stay and try to carry a part of the route should be commended, encouraged, helped in any way possible, and given plenty of atta-boys by the regs who want a relief person to lean on. Yes, it's irritating when "I never got babied like this!" and "in my day, it was sink or swim, sweetheart, so suck it up!" is in the reg's bitter thoughts, but we don't have to EXPRESS those thoughts...c'mon, have a heart, help the little fledglings. NO disrespect intended to newbies or old, disgruntled regs!!!!
Just depends on the person as to whether they make it in these times or not.