ive just had a phone call telling me my name was one of seven that came out the hat for the whole regiment for op telic 4, ive got about a months notice which really gives me the hump as I was expecting them to ask for volunteers. My civvy job pays about double my army salary and subsequently it reflects in my possesions/lifestyle ie 3 properties to pays for and all the landlord maintenance that goes with it. If Im sent away for the proposed 7 months and any of my tenants have problems im snookered. Its not like I can nip round and fix whatever it is they are whining about. Secondly my life insurance does not cover a 7.62 so if I cop it my wife and family will be forced to sell up. will the army help me out with insurance? My boss is also ranting because there is a lack of staff at work and me going just puts a bigger strain on the rest of the team. This whole episode has really put a bitter taste in my mouth, I went out there last time as a regular, the war is now over (technically) and its seemingly obvious that the only reason ive been fingered is because the army is in such a state of overstretch due to cutbacks. I understand its unfair to keep sending the regs on back to back tours but then this is due to decisions made to cut the army back by the top brass. No-one likes paying for a massive army but its obvious what we have at the moment is simply not adequate. The "solution" to call up the T.A. (a cost effective army that costs one sixth in wages) is just a piss take. The government saves money and I get stung. Thats the bottom line. For those of you who think im shirking, your mistaken. If there was a direct threat to the U.K I would be first down there to sign for my gat which is the whole point in the T.A. this is a different animal completely. This is the cheapskate answer to the armys bigger problem. The labour answer. has anyone got any worthwhile advice regarding pay/proprerty/insurance/civvy job problems? or should i just shoot the defence minister?