10 years as MS and 11 years as Elder, I have never seen a brother been appointed to MS after only one year.
During 11 years as Elder, figure 22 elders meetings with a CO discussing brothers' qualifications... the conversation ALWAYS comes down to hours in field service, visibility, and not being a 'newly converted man.' The only way I could see a one year brother make it to MS is to be a ball of fire as a reg pio (that only can happen 6 months after baptism.) so he would only have 6 months as a reg pio and still be a 'newly converted man.' It has always been seen as 'laying on of hands hastily.'
This WT study article may be pointing out the technical requirements but the last 5 to 7 years of trying to get a man appointed as MS has been extremely difficult. The CO is always covering his own arse, usually shooting down the recommendation with the most inane objections, for example it now seems to be the GB directive that when you look at a married/family mans' hours you subtract 4 hours a month for family study, so you are left over with usually 5 to 7 hours of what they consider 'real field service time.' So a married/family man that works for a living and doing all he can to reach out and work in field service may still not be considered as putting the kingdom first because he 'really only gets less than the national average.'
I could never reconcile all the latest public articles about men reaching out with the opposite attitude by the CO at recommendation time.
Another example of procedure within the last year: The CO outlined how we exactly can answer the question of 'How much field service time do I need to qualify?' The first rule as an elder is to NEVER EVER state an exact hour figure. We were to ask the brother how much service time that HE thought was reasonable, if his figure was above the national average then we were to say, OK that sounds like a good goal for you. THEN IF HE DOES NOT START REPORTING THAT AMOUNT OF TIME, we were supposed to remind him of what 'he agreed to do in service!!!!!!!!!!"
The big bosses know they have a problem of men resigning their positions in the congregation, so they say they need more men to reach out, but the reality is that during the meetings with the CO 'in the back room' it just rarely happens.
This is one more reason that I am...