Thank you, all are fine and considering that the camp was opened officially in 1958 and that the vast majority of the Sqn has done at least one operational tour at some point, never mind training through the "troubles", it really isn't too much of a drama.
a very brief history: (although the latter bit needs updating, CVR(T) SCIMITAR now with BGTI)
(1) Category C-1 training is defined as normal training for which personnel are on duty, eligible to travel at public expense and receive normal allowances, as appropriate, but voluntarily forego to receive pay. (See also para 7.065f.)
(2) Category C-2 training is defined as training of limited value for which personnel are on duty but for which there is no entitlement to pay, allowances or travel costs except where specifically stated elsewhere in these
The current guidance is that if drill night training is part of or in support of the output priorities, it is to be paid. Obviously, the CoC have to take hard decisions as to what training is applicable and who does it, as they are the ones who will have to justify the expenditure.
All other drill night training is to be C1 - not C2 - but is to be reduced to twice a month where possible.
As our new ME is retention and with only one weekend booked in for full pay etc between now and April, we have decided to consider the option of voting money across from all 3 messes for an AT weekend to try and break up the bleak non-existant trg programme. Anyone else putting their hands into their own coffers to support the retention issue???
On an up side, when you look at time between now and April there are approximately 22 weeks to go (equivalent to around 5.5 MTDs for Tues trg, but holidays/xmas will reduce this naturally anyway.) Christmas is usually lean for us for trg weekends, and November includes Remembrance, which I don't mind doing for free anyway!!! So actually you are only looking at Jan, Feb and Mar which only has possibly 6 weekends trg that'd normally be occurring. Not many people would make all 6 weekends anyway so actually the amount of trg we are missing out on is not necessarily as bad as you might think -