Can the TA function without it's Regular Component?

#4
There is no way that the TA could function without a full-time component. Whether this is provided by Reg, FTRS, TA ADC or civvie, all or even all bar one of those is a different matter.
 
#5
There is no way that the TA could function without a full-time component. Whether this is provided by Reg, FTRS, TA ADC or civvie, all or even all bar one of those is a different matter.
Fully agree and frankly its a pretty bone question. Pretty much every volunteer organisation has some sort of full-time component - the Cadets have a goodly tranche at County/Bn level, even the Scouts have a fair few. There could be an argument for thinning it out - but in order to do so it would take a HUGE change in the MODs penchant for creating nugatory paperwork.
 
#6
Only in the same way that Myra Hindley could run a creche.
 
#7
Would be far too expensive to set up - e.g new G4 chain?
 
#10
Without its Regular component, yes. Without permanent staff, no. Makes sense, though, to form the permanent staff from Regulars.

Justification? It has been done. It wasn't always One Army.
 
#11
Ok.... infantry no way, it's right sized .....

Sigs??? - tech - we don't have a jobs for the TA's ones let alone regular and we have enough regulars to man about 5 FFR dets which is roughly the amount of dets a regiment holds.....
 
#13
I supose it depends on the unit and its role. My squadron supports a regular regiment, its PSI's are drawn from that regiment alone. The PSI's provide the essential link to the regular regt and without them we would not be able to fill that specific role. As for admin, booking courses etc I would rather see a NRPS/FTRS type who has greater availabliity since our PSI's, quite understandably, are often not available.

Cardinal
 
#15
Well we had 6 of the top of my head on the last course so more than enough to cover any LF eventually :)

And some more due to go
 
#18
Is it possible to have a reserve force without a regular? Yes.
Is it possible to have a regular force without a reserve? Yes.
Is there an optimum balance of regular to reserve forces (force mix)? Maybe.
Does having a balance of regular/reserve forces allow the MOD to maintain a total force that takes account of the various issues associated with doing so, such as the demographic issues of specialist recruitment? Yes.
Are regular forces expensive? Yes, especially when you dont use them.
Are reserve forces expensive? Yes, especially when you do use them.
 
#19
Without its Regular component, yes. Without permanent staff, no. Makes sense, though, to form the permanent staff from Regulars.

Justification? It has been done. It wasn't always One Army.
The permanent staff in TA units like PSAO's and SQMS's etc look after the administrative function of TA units like ensuring those that turn up get paid etc and clothing issue's.

It is the SPSI's however who are responsible for ensuring Tuesday nights, training and exercising weekends happen. Equipment is serviced and maintained, training areas are booked and everything else that is involved in ensuring these weekends and Tuesday nights happen is the sole responsibility of the SPSI's.

So perhaps the TA cannot function without its regular component.
 
#20
Ok.... infantry no way, it's right sized .....

Sigs??? - tech - we don't have a jobs for the TA's ones let alone regular and we have enough regulars to man about 5 FFR dets which is roughly the amount of dets a regiment holds.....
There always has to be one nugget who doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.

Come back to me when you can back up that statement.
 
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