They would not be dropping part of their requirements at all.
I finally got Scoutbook setup when it went free so I marked Bobcat for everyone on the same date. I learned if you mark it done for Bobcat and it’s considered completed for their second rank. So they don’t need to repeat it for Tiger.
I could have a family wait until their very last meeting, do the pamphlet and award both ranks at the same time and that’s completely legitimate today. I could have a family lie that they completed it at home and that’s allowed in the advancement guide.
I can see your point on the optics. I have an idea that could work to reduce the “I fake did it” impact and allow more flexibility.
Cyber chip is as much about online youth protection as not and if you earn this in 1st grade you don’t need to again until 4th. I could see rolling cyberchip into being an annual requirement and require the unit to do an age-specific roll play activity on bullying with current theories on how to react as an alternative to the booklet. You either take time in a meeting or not and a kid whose parent will never go over the booklet heard the content. In terms of total impact bullying is a far bigger problem than other forms of abuse, with 3 in 10 kids impacted, and a lot of the techniques like grooming can use bullying as a proxy.
More flexibility, more content, more often.