Originally Posted by KronoRed
Why walk into a close to impossible situation and sully your name for life when you can stay a LT and make more $
On a personal note, in my occupation I'm in a "Happy LT" situation and its got a very strong appeal. A lot of people look at the overall quality of life when evaluating a job, not just a title, recognition or income. The hours, stress level, travel and accountability are all severe for my boss whereas I'm financially comfortable hanging back, dealing with a minimal amount of the BS and seeing my kids grow up.
Also, when positions do come open(happens a lot) guys in my position very much look at the potential for success. In fact its the first thing you look at. NO ONE wants to walk into a situation in which you are set up for failure because you won't ever be able to go get your old cushy "trusted LT" job back if you fail.
Anyway, just my .02 but for me and a lot of guys I know in similar situations, Krono's post is dead on accurate.