I beleive we are in training for it now, not particulary for those who may go but all our training is in preparation for it. It will probably stary mid 2012 or early 2013. It can be, usually is depending whether you deploy with a reg bn or a TA composite company.
Depends how long the war lasts and our involvement in it. Given the current prediction of combat operations ending in 2015, I would say it would be unlikely.
Herrick 20 as you will be unlikely to make it through Phase 1, CIC and DIE (Dir. Inf Employment) training (which is kicking in now) in time for mobilisation for Herrick 18 at the back end of next year.
4. If you mean pre-deployment training (or Mission Specific Training) Infantry battalions deploying on that tour will start next autumn which is when TA augmentees will mobilise to join them. However prior to mobilising they will have had to have completed DIE training at their TA battalion to make sure that they are up to Grade 1 Infantryman standard.
5. You are mobuilised for a period of 12 months which covers your pre-tour training with your Regular unit, the tour itself and the post tour leave and accumulated annual leave.
7 Rifles hasn't sent a Formed Coy since 2007 as the demand for men from our Regular battalions has become the priority and supporting them is our mission. This may or may not change in the future, but i don't honestly see them back in Afghanistan at this rate. Other battalions have sent Formed Coys more recently. The mobisation time would be the same though the training might be different as the role of a formed Coy differs from that of a battalion. Am thinking of things like Combined Arms Live Fire Exercises etc., probably wouldn't be jacked up for a TA Formed Coy, but could be wrong.
thanks, and I am glad your friend lived. I don't think it is ally, more honourable or important or something like that.
It may seem like I am all keen or whatever, but things are shaping up with my life that some commitments will end for me at the end of this year which will basically give me an open slate in 2012 with lots of time for training etc... so H18 deployment fits perfectly if it were possible, if that makes sense. H20 would be late 2013 which I don't have a crystal ball on unfortunately.
Very few things in this world are truly impossible, but joining the TA in Feb (a process which takes about a month) to mobilise as a combat Infantryman in Oct/Nov is as pretty close to impossible as will get. Even back when it was possible to mobilise straight after CIC (which hasn't happened for a couple of years now) that would have been stretching it.