Army 2020: MBLU - Will we ever recruit 30k into the Army Reserve?


The issues of size versus capability

Liger asked: What capabilities is the army losing?
Captain scarlet asked: How is the Army expecting to recruit to 30000 reservists, when, under the new contact with capita there is now a cap on number of days available for recruiting events (400 for the whole south region) and, rumour has it, that units are bring fined 6 figures for breaching corporate mis-selling rules by not having their recruiting events authorised by captia, and in some cases being banned from recruiting?
Px4llp asked: How do you expect to recruit 30,000 in to the TA when there is no space in the existing TA?
How will you recruit ex regulars over the rank of corporal when there are no PIDS in existing units?
Roadster asked: What plans are there to grow the Army if needs be?
MBLU stated: Having 23 years experience in the Territorial Army I can safely say you will not get 30,000 trained Reserves. This figure should be investigated soonest. To overcome this? let's set the Regular Army figure up to over 90,000 minimum.
Vladimir_Ilyich_Crab asked: Is the figure of 10% for the reactive force achievable?
The MPs also questioned the Military Chiefs about the size capability of the Army 2020 plans, see their response:


Length of Response: 24 Minutes (00:39:00 - 1:23:00)


Length of Response: 5 Minutes (1:48:55 - 1:53:00)
Although I never served with the TA, I had friends who did and I used to see them on exercise. The perennial refrain was how under strength TA units were, in particularly infantry units. I remember one occasion when a TA infantry company turned up with only about 35 men. The whole 2020 plan is predicated on a fully recruited TA of 30,000 but I see nothing that leads me to believe that the traditional recruitment problems can be overcome
Consideration should certainly be given to making TA service (or whatever it will be called) a mandatory requirement for young guys 18 to 30 claiming unemployment benefits for more than three months. A mandatory enlistment, mandatory recruit training and mandatory training attendances for a minimum of 12 months - or no unemployment pay!!
Back in the days of the old National Service there was an obligatory TA element and TA units had a rota of training cycles by groups. It worked pretty well and could be adapted for using and training those wanting to draw "the dole" for nothing.
It would certainly get a lot of black economy scroungers off welfare.
Well iv been waiting two years to rejoin my local TA unit..its behind a joke. ..two medical forms lost info and now iv been informed I need another medical THAT I HAVE TO PAY FOR MYSELF..enough is enough ...iv decided its not worth carrying on with the application. I might as well become a ACF instructor.
There will be the heaviest burden on the TA units in the Reaction Force, esp 4 PARA. 16th AA is under strength with only 2 regular units (2 and 3 PARA) and 4 PARA.

Armour TA is provided by the Royal Wessex Yeomanry though I dont expect that to be used most of the time unless its an Iraq-style invasion.

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