- 26-05-2012, 13:40 #1
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TA troops 'too poorly trained to make up for Army cutsí
TA troops 'too poorly trained to make up for Army cuts’ - Telegraph
There was only just enough time to train them to use a medium machinegun, with no realistic possibility that they will have time to learn how to handle a heavy machinegun, he added.
An MoD review of the TA last year found it was in “serious decline in terms of numbers, capability and morale”.
The force had only 20,000 trained soldiers, out of a requirement of 37,000, and the number of personnel who were “active” was as low as 14,000.
“Current forecasts see the TA ageing and reducing to potentially unsustainable levels by 2015,” the report concluded.If your soldiers aren't coming off most weekends telling those who weren't there "shit mate, you dipped out" then time to cull your training team with prejudice.
- 26-05-2012, 14:00 #2
And these revelations are surprising how?
While I do not support or condone leaks and see that the quotes listed in the article lack context, I particularly agree with this:
"The commander said
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- 26-05-2012, 14:05 #3
"Reservists are supposed to dedicate one day a week and about 20 weekends a year."
WTF? Since when?
Well-researched journalism durch."Few and short were the prayers we said, and we spoke not a word of sorrow; but we steadfastly gazed on the face that was dead, and we bitterly thought of the morrow."
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- 26-05-2012, 14:05 #4
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Does a TA bloke really need to know how to use a HMG? If he knows how to utilise a GPMG (for example) the HMG is just he big brother.
Ensure the basics are correctly and thoroughly taught, and the rest can follow as and when.
The TA isn't a replacement for a regular soldier. They get a lot less time to train, so should we expect the same breadth of knowledge? Note, I said knowledge width, not standards.
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- 26-05-2012, 14:18 #5
An MoD spokesman said: “The Army will be restructured to a total strength of 120,000 personnel by 2020, of which 30,000 will be trained reserves. We are investing £1.8 billion over 10 years to enhance the capability and strength of the reserves and better integrate them with the regular component.”
Doesn't happen overnight MSR.SSAFA Bereaved Families Support Group member.
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- 26-05-2012, 14:42 #6
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You need at least 3 TA blokes to man every 'regular' spot. Pref more.
Ie if you want to have an 80,000 man regular component with a 30,000 TA then expect to be able to draw on no more than 10,000 of thsoe TAs (barring outright war and a full call up). That is taking in to accout that many of those on the books within the TA are still undergoing training and 'maturing' in to a useable product.
- 26-05-2012, 14:45 #7
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- 26-05-2012, 15:08 #8
Last time a thread was started about a Telegraph article on the TA we were here for months.
Yes the TA is in a sh1t state. However as OOTS will soon be along to remind us this is due to years of neglect from full timers. And this time it is the full timers who will need to take responsibility for sorting it out.
Personally the thought of a regular soldier losing his job due to my hobby sickens me. However the direction has been set some time ago.BARB - 150
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- 26-05-2012, 15:10 #9
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- 26-05-2012, 15:11 #10
Oh GOD, Baldrick.
What is the TA? What is their role? Do they understand their role? Does the government know what their role is?
I am out of date now, but I served with a TA unit as PSI. We had, in our Sqn a very good core of well trained, highly motivated blokes. Unfortunately they were the Chief Clerk, SQMS, SSM, some of the troop commanders, the OC, 2i/c, a couple of very good troop Sgts and the odd Cpl who knew what he was about.
The rest of the blokes changed like the wind.
So what was in it for the blokes on the ground floor? Come in a couple of times a week. have a parade and get fucked around for a couple of hours. Restrictions on vehicle use, fuel and so on meant that blokes were being trained at the drill hall all the time. By the same Sgt(s) on the same subjects. The Sgts used to get pissed off with doing the same stuff for different blokes week in and week out.
I used to get pissed off booking courses (loads of bloody courses) for blokes who just didn't turn up for them.
I hope things have changed because to be honest it was soul destroying.
In my day, the best the TA could offer was a core of blokes who could train conscripts in the event of a call up. And it was a shame because some of our TA blokes were of the best quality. But the TA then, wasn't really a force to be reckoned with.3; 2; 1; Firing NOW.........
3; 2; 1; Firing NOW ........
FFS Pass me the bloody matches.
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