- 29-05-2012, 20:05 #231
- 29-05-2012, 20:54 #232
- Join Date
- Oct 2007
- 29-05-2012, 21:34 #233
The FR ExO is great at buzzword heavy big hand small map vision and all that, but it does gloss over the details just a teensy little bit. And the details are what matter.
The A2020 announcement will either slip or come out so incoherent that we'll be seeing amendments every six months from now until 2020. Reorganising the Army isn't a trivial task, after all. I feel the pace is just a touch sporty to succeed. And until the Regular element is properly nailed down the TA can't be.
New TACOS ? The Queens speech was curiously quiet about establishing a whole new category of employee in law so it won't be soon. My predictions: an initial draft will come out, written by Regular staff officers, and be comprehensively laughed at by lawyers and employers alike. Another draft will follow in a year or so, this time with the involvement of people who actually understand employment law and civilian firms. Then another period for committees, consultations etc ... then an election. Post election Parliament will concentrate on whatever the lot that get in promised so so I reckon 2016 or later for Parliamentary action. If at all, given that the economy is hardly conducive to spending the money necessary and if we're not on Ops the urgency will evaporate.
Part-time regulars ? The Regs will be desperately casting around for something to do to fill their days once Ops are finished, Germany is closed and most soldiers live in a super garrison for the whole of their career. They'll be precious little left to use the TA for. Well, unless something big kicks off but if you claim you can predict what that will be that you're an idiot or a liar.Feles mala! Cur cista non uteris? Stramentum novum in ea posui.
- 29-05-2012, 22:56 #234
"The truth is that commentators rush out their opinions based on their preconceived notions before they know the full facts"
The Arabist blog
- 29-05-2012, 23:14 #235
- Join Date
- May 2008
- moving fast enough to not have to watch my back
edited to add: and the history of our illustrious Corps is enough precedent in its own right to suggest that it'll be at a point when we are least prepared to deal with it - SDSR anyone?
Last edited by theblindking; 29-05-2012 at 23:17."The Intelligence officer - or non-commissioned officer - with his enquiring mind, his refusal to accept everything at face value, and with his interest in what has happened limited to the help it will be in in estimating what is going to happen, is "different", and therefore still, to a certain extent, suspect."
- 29-05-2012, 23:14 #236
Despite all of the ARAB/STAB wittering I keep seeing on various discussions on this forum I would like to put forward some common bonds to you...
The regs have some extremely good soldiers, they also have a reasonable number of sick lame lazy and complete throbbers.
The TA see above
Both will be shafted by senior officers of either persuasion if means another pip/crown/MBE/OBE/semi-retirement on the board of BAE
I for one look forward to the brave new world, I hope against all the odds that it is a better TA/Army I will be part of but I will not be holding my breath.
Certa Fucking Cito my arse.Semper in excretia sumus solim profundum variat…
- 30-05-2012, 00:11 #237
Cynical, me ?
Personally I'm hoping for tanks and lots of them. I like tanks.Feles mala! Cur cista non uteris? Stramentum novum in ea posui.
- 30-05-2012, 08:36 #238
Hmm. I thought the appendix to the FR20 Exec order was quite clear...Moi?
The issue for me is the 'integration' bit - we'll look back on it in 15 years time and say 'wasn't it obvious that it wouldn't work'?
Different people doing different things for different reasons.Have Faith....it'll all be OK in the end (but then again, with the GCM and FR2020, maybe it won't be.....).
- 30-05-2012, 08:58 #239
- Join Date
- Jun 2005
- 30-05-2012, 09:45 #240
As OOTS states above I cannot see additional compulsion being implemented any time soon. Anything seen as 'anti business' in these tough times is not likely to get far. If it is instigated, by the time it gets through parliament the Camp Bastion funereal pyre of UOR kit will be ablaze and the only UK forces left in Afghanistan will be those with black nasty over the eyes and a taste for tropical DPM.
Anyway, who needs more compulsion? There are millions of unemployed 18-24 year olds who have plenty of 'spare time' for the TA and compulsion aplenty, namely because they have nothing else to do but sit on park benches and self abuse in their parents spare room. Some very capable graduates amongst them.
This demographic will soon stock the ranks as part of the recruiting surge and they have enough time on their hands to do all the courses us with 'proper jobs' could ever dream of.
My unit has had an influx of loads of them. I'm not complaining and I doubt the unit is either.
As a senior officer who knows I am a STAB (shameful I know, but he asked me directly if I was a spineless commitmentphobe) remarked to me last week, the TA is seen by many as a second job. And there are record numbers of people that are jobless at the moment and would bite someones hand off for a job of any kind.
As the economic ill winds are set to continue to blow well into this decade (I reckon well past HERRICK ENDEX) there will be a steady inflow. Once the ranks are stocked implement regular standards and sling anyone that fails fitness tests out. Simples.BARB - 150
Selection - A+ (asked to be DS)
Run time - 6.40
Job role - SAS, Para's, Marine's or INTEL
Phase 1 - Dont need to do it, promoted instantly to Brigadier