Is that the NWS's opinion or yours?The problem is.....most local nets are county based. They activate when the weather enters their county, and deactivate when it leaves their county. Since 1987, I was a traditional "spotter". I would wait all year only to activate twice and never see anything. Most "spotters" have never seen a tornado. When I listen to a local net, I hear so much bad information it is scary. Obvious scud being called in as a funnel. Overestimation of wind speed. I hear too many excited, scared, poorly trained people. The net controllers filter most of the junk out, but still....Also, the traditional "spotter" does not have GR3 in their vehicle nor other equipment. Chasers see more severe weather and gain more experience in one season than most "spotters" do in an entire lifetime. After just 3 seasons of all out chasing, I am a MUCH better asset to the NWS than I was after 20 years as a "spotter"!
You've got to understand that what chasers are, and what spotters are intended to be, are completely different.
The way the NWS rep explained it during the training session I attended, the function of the spotter is to simply provide ground truth of severe conditions. GR3 doesn't make a spotter any more of an asset - the NWS already has the radar and can see it just fine. What they want to know is, is there in fact 1-inch hail (bigger than a quarter?) or is there in fact 58mph wind (is foliage being torn up or is there structural damage?) or is there in fact a tornado? There's no special equipment you need to give these observations, or that would make them more accurate in a way that makes one spotter "more of an asset" than a spotter who doesn't have them.
Now granted, new people will make misidentifications and overestimations; but when was the last time you saw a tornado warning issued because somebody on a net reported "obvious scud" as a funnel cloud? It doesn't happen. And I'm sure plenty of newbie chasers have torn off down dirt roads and across fields in burning pursuit of shelf clouds.
If your passion is to see severe weather, you probably really shouldn't be a spotter; because that need to see a funnel cloud is what causes the misidentification.