- Any signed up for the Army Reserves?
Is that it? FFS. That IS the same as being paid nothing.
£44.61 per day for a private?
£76.44 per day for sergeant?
Not worth it even for the senior commissioned officers.
And you can keep the cr@ppy tax free ‘bounty’. W00t. That’s really something to write home about.Posted 4 years ago
I think the biggest flaw in the Reserves strategy is that as modern job security vanishes and things like zero hour contracts become more widespread, being a reserve becomes almost impossible. In the old days of jobs for life, unionised big industry, it was possible to be in the TA and have an employer who accepted it. Now you’d just get fired as soon as they called you up.
Almost every other Western nation has a far higher percentage of part time to full time in their military – the UK was out of step with what has been proven to work across the Western world. It is a very effective mix if done properly, so the MoD was hard pushed to argue anything else, especially with reducing budgets.Posted 4 years ago
As for your ‘get fired’ remark. There is a lot of legal protection surrounding Reserve personnel who have a lot of job protection if called up.
Many sensible employers see the huge advantages of having Reserve personnel on the books and usually support them. Lots of the additional skills and responsibilities they pick up when on duty are useful in business. It is even actively encouraged for employers to engage with the MoD:
Is that it? FFS. That IS the same as being paid nothing.
I think they want people who like having their legs blown off by IEDs and then being abandoned, rather than people who are just in it for the money…..
It is even actively encouraged for employers to engage with the MoD:
I wonder how many actually do though….Posted 4 years ago
This is exactly what’s happening in fact. Should be interesting.
They need to significantly increase the training budgets. It wasn’t so long ago that the govt tried to crush the TA; severely limited MTDs (are they still limited?), and a whole month off wasn’t it?
My memory was generally rushed (and resulting poor quality) training, and that was in a very well regarded unit.
At the end of the day, the TA are a lot better and experienced than they ever were before but most will freely admit that they’re no substitute for full time professionals (which is how they’re being shaped).Posted 4 years ago
I wonder how many actually do though….
I have no idea at all, but this might be of use to you:
most will freely admit that they’re no substitute for full time professionals (which is how they’re being shaped)
I’d counter that. Most with recent operational experience will say that there are good and bad in every Unit in the Armed Forces, and the good Reservists who have been on ops are as good as their oppos. Many seem to prefer having augmentees in the regular Unit than deploying reserve Formed Units. This seems to bring out the best in people and ensure that the integration of FT and PT starts erly in the work up training.Posted 4 years ago
and the good Reservists who have been on ops are as good as their oppos.
That’s a bold statement!
Not my experience, and “are” should be substituted for “were”. Once not doing the job 7 days/week and going back part time, skillfade sets in very quickly. You also generally find that the TA bods don’t do as many tours, and who can blame them with a 18 month turn around? They have their family and proper jobs to think about.
Many seem to prefer having augmentees in the regular Unit than deploying reserve Formed Units.
This is also done to bring them on a bit.Posted 4 years ago
I stand by my comment; they’re no substitute for full time professionals. They’re just not.SuiMember
Job protection, yes we’ve all heard about that in the TA…. Sabre are effing useless when it comes to support and dispute. I seem to remember coming off tour wit my middle management job turned into middle toilets cleaning to teach me a lesson, don’t worry though I got the company back by slicing their maarket share at a competitor….Posted 4 years agonickcSubscriber
A friend of mine was recently selected for redundancy after 15 years, 3 days before his in service pension date… Then invited to join the reserves recently. You can imagine his response I’m sure
In that 15 years he’d pretty much done nothing other than fight in yer actual shooty foreign wars.Posted 4 years ago
they’re no substitute for full time professionals. They’re just not.
That’s a bold statement given the breadth of roles across the Armed Forces. In some areas they are worse, some are equal and some are better. You also have Sponsored Reservists in certain areas who do the same job, just pull a uniform on when needed.
Workup training has been very mission and theatre-specific for a long time now. It also starts very early to ensure everyone is at the same speed. Having attended several post-deployment conferences at Sandhurst over a few turns of the HERRICK handle, I found the regulars of all ranks mostly singing the praises of their augmentees.Posted 4 years ago
I spent the last 3.5 years working for Land Equipment and talking to the Brown Jobs. It was an eye-opener. However, it did mean I worked on a daily basis with those suppporting the teeth arms.Posted 4 years ago
The conferences were held at Sandhurst and those talking were troops just rotating back from AFG, every rank represented. We spent more time talking to those with 3 stripes and less because we knew where truths would come from.RockhopperMember
Just to clear up the pay thing – when you are training or on annual camp etc you will get roughly the same pay as a regular soldier of the same rank. If you are mobilised for ops then the MOD will match your civilian pay (up to £250k a year) plus you get you tax free tour bonus of around £5k I think it is.Posted 4 years ago
Not convinced on the pay still. If Rockhopper is right then:
Option (A) get paid the same as I do now for being shot at, bombed etc (oh, but with a 5k bonus) and with diminished career prospects when I come back from ‘ops’ because of the time spent away from work as against my ‘colleagues’ who stayed here and maintained their contacts etc.
Option (B) get paid the same as I do now, don’t get shot at/bombed and maintain career prospects. But no 5k bonus.
Now I put it like that, I’m sold 😕Posted 4 years ago
Sadly the otherside also has guns!
Unless they outsource the travel bit to Ryanair…..
At somepoint in the future the
Armya Politician will deem that if you are not on operations you should be classed as ‘on standby’ and paid half your basic wages.
Travelling to and from a conflict will be taken out of any annual leave you have due.
Bonuses will be paid for each kill and if you lose a leg you may be required to leave ASAP.
(Its only a few steps away from now).Posted 4 years ago
We used to take turns revolving/changing the targets in a deep trench at the end of a range where we were firing .303’s. I remember then thinking ‘oo this is a bit hairy’ and they weren’t shooting at us.
The Armed Forces arent for everyone.
You either get it or you don’t & never the twain shall meet.
Arguing over it is like a broken pencil.
I’ve suffered from severe Migraines since the age of 15. If my son wants to join do you think in any shape or form I’d stop him? No. It is going to be one box that I wanted to tick that I never will have.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t diss Saint Tony. He’s continuing on his life’s work. Just like God told him too. Bringing peace to the Middle East.
And after a slightly bumpy start, with the whole ‘invading everywhere because George said so’ thing, I think we can all agree its all now going really well. The whole region is like a sea of tranquilityPosted 4 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
S’OK – Davey C worships the hallowed ground he walks on.
We’re in safe hands. 🙂Posted 4 years agopictonroadSubscriber
I’ve put all my money into a savings account, my son can have it when he’s 25 IF he doesn’t have anything to do with any armed forces. I’m hoping that greed will keep him on my side.
Chap at work has been in Helmand this year trying to help build water infrastructure as part of the reservists. Everytime they build something that will bring any benefit to the locals it gets blown up and they get shot at, it’s a spectacular waste of life, effort and money.Posted 4 years ago
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