Let's cut to the chase.
blw2's son is APL doing the PL's job because PL got elected and he's sitting back not doing training, basically taking up a leadership opportunity for another scout for the next 6 months. The boys ask why, and all the adults do is recite back, "Because that's what the book says." The situation festers for 6 months and if they haven't already checked out, they get a chance to correct the problem. In the meantime the PL takes the slings and arrows from the adults who spend an inordinate amount of scout time trying to budge this boy off this butt. To no avail! So the boy doesn't get credit for being PL for 6 months. In the meantime blw2's son had to postpone his leadership opportunity credit for 6 months and that too is a total waste of time for him as well. Well, the PL needed his chance at a POR, well, so did blw2's son and in my book he and his fellow patrol members, once they realized their mistake needed a chance to correct things and were denied by the adults that are reciting "the book!"
And who's in complete control of this whole fiasco? It ain't the scouts, that's for sure!
As SM I am there to create opportunities for the boys. NOT ALL BOYS WANT THEM! NOT ALL THE BOYS ARE READY FOR THEM! And I really don't want to waste my scouting time teaching boys how to tolerate poor leadership for 6 months, I would rather have them exposed to great leadership so they have a chance to learn something useful.
I'm not about to have to deal with the hassle of 6 months worth of dysfunctional patrol method just because the adults with the book forbid it. I don't have the discipline problems that will naturally arise because of this entrenchment. Attendance will be down, morale will be poor, the boys will argue and the campouts, if planned at all will be miserable for the boys. The adults will need to constantly referee the situation.
I HAVE SEEN IT DONE MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS! I don't want to hassle with it. I simply say, "It's your problem, you fix it." 99% of the time they dump the worthless PL and put in another one that will do the job. The fix takes about a half hour.
On the other hand if the PL is doing a great job at the end of 6 months, he just stays on as long as he and the boys want him to stay on. If that locks up a POR for other boys needing POR credit for advancement, it's the PL's job to find him a POR he can do. It's all part of taking care of your boys.
Sorry, I just can't justify to my boys waiting for six months to pass before they can have a functional patrol that the adult leaders aren't yelling at their PL to get his act together.
The reason my leaders mature faster than a lot of others is because they don't need to wait 6 months for some slug to get out of their way.... just because some book said that's the way it needs to be done.
So what about the slug PL's? eventually they mature and get their opportunities as well. My boys learn from their failures and failing is not a negative thing in the troop. It's just a temporary setback.
My POR leaders are either functional or they are history. The boys simply have the authority to run the program effectively and if that isn't happening, they can fix it on the spot...and they do.