3 Month tours - Who has been on one?

#1
Only reason I ask (yet again), is that our orders regularly say they are available, but when asking the COC, they say they don't exist...

I understand that the practicalities of OPTAG etc.... make them rare, but way advertise them so often?
 

The_Duke

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#3
Why?

You can do 3 month tours in the TA. Bibo, get you road slapper on and come over to the dark side - you can be over in time for a nice 3 monther at the end of next year!
 
#4
tearsbeforebedtime said:
Might be best asking on a RAF site, mate.
Really I better grip them for that extra 3 months Im doing then.
 
#5
The_Duke said:
Why?

You can do 3 month tours in the TA. Bibo, get you road slapper on and come over to the dark side - you can be over in time for a nice 3 monther at the end of next year!
:) Don't tempt me...
 

Pob02

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#6
bibo_boy said:
Only reason I ask (yet again), is that our orders regularly say they are available, but when asking the COC, they say they don't exist...

I understand that the practicalities of OPTAG etc.... make them rare, but way advertise them so often?
Did a 3 monther to Kosovo back in 2002 as an IR. In total 4.5 months away from work taking in a very basic Mobilisation, OPTAG and after the tour POTL ( umm obviously after it . . not sure why I wrote that).

Also had lads turn up partway through tour in Afghanistan as IRs.
 
#7
Not 3 month, but I once heard of a lad who did a 3 hour tour. A 3 hour tour. The weather started getting rough, and the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would be lost. The minnow would be lost. Hope this helps.
 
#9
As for Pob02, only at JHF (A) in 2007 - and working with Hantslad's missus. (HL, how is 'She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed' doing ?)

Exactly 100 Days in theatre. One of the best things I have ever done. Not sure if 'the rules' would allow me the same 'bite-size' opportunity again - it fitted with work a treat. The standard tour length seems to be the norm with 6 Regt nowadays.

:)
 
#10
Hantslad said:
RAF are changing to 6 month tours (as the RAF Regt already have)
The RAF Regt have always been at 6 month tours.Other arms are at 4 months but I have heard nothing about that changing.
 
#11
FrogPrince said:
As for Pob02, only at JHF (A) in 2007 - and working with Hantslad's missus. (HL, how is 'She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed' doing ?)

Exactly 100 Days in theatre. One of the best things I have ever done. Not sure if 'the rules' would allow me the same 'bite-size' opportunity again - it fitted with work a treat. The standard tour length seems to be the norm with 6 Regt nowadays.

:)
Exactly
 
#13
Re the 6 month tour change - Errrm soon. There has been a directive sent round about it. Can't find the exact reference at the moment and Im at work so can't dig it out.

Frog Prince, Mrs Hantslad is good thanks!
 
#17
Submarines (SSBN) do three to four month tours,SSN can do up to nine months but will get ashore for some of that,nothing to do with the army but thought I would add it anyways,awaiting flak!
 
#18
Aircrew and submariners are both in operational roles that are incredibly mentally (as well as physically) taxing, plus the fact that they require extra specialist training. Therefore it is in the forces financial interests to retain them for as long as poss.
 
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