He was a G3 guru as most are nowadays, however the unit went down badly on LSI, ECI and Admin Inspection, the G1/G4 inspections. The re-inspection went even worse and that is no good when you are in charge of the principal G1/G4 unit within the Bde.
Maybe they will put in a CO who is knowledgeable and interested in G1 and G4 issues. The moment they changed the names of REME Workhops to REME Battalions the G4 ES focus began to take second place to G3 warry activities. We are maybe too far down this line to recover.
Workshops were for workers - Battalions were for infantrymen, and we never got the balance right. Changes need to be made now we will be up against real G4 Officers like the RLC.
So he has been sacked - yeh ha, he never came out his office in any case.
I agree that REME were much better when they repaired our equipment instead of playing the soldier thing. REME has lost a lot of street cred by passing the workload to civvies instead of getting on with it themselves.
**** me this was obvious back in 94, the change from workshop to Bn was all too blatant, big train set for officers(DE) who have never held any real responsibility until reaching the rank of capt, by which time it's too ******* late. The old wksp era was all geared to getting the job done and being a very skilled tradesman/woman with the ethos of only the strong survive, Chieftain being the test with the amount of work she brought. I now look on and feel quite sorry for the keen members of the Corps who are not served well by the Ivory tower. If I had my time again I would join the RAC.
I was a Cpl at 4 Armd Wksp in 1982-1984 and the ASM ruled. Manhours were counted in hundreds of thousands (across 470+ soldiers).
I was then a Tiffy at 12 Armd Wksp in 1993 when it changed to 1 Bn REME, the ASM was shoved aside and the RD took over. We were the 'total quality' unit for the Army due to the CO (who was a very good bloke). The Battalion ethos was beginning to set foot in the Corps at 2nd line. The Work(shop) ethos was eroding swiftly, only in hindsight do you realise quite how swiftly.
I then reappeared as a LE Capt at 6 Bn REME in 1998 and the work ethic had disappeared completely. We got the AQMSs of Pack Section of both 14 Fd Wksp and 9 Fd Wksp and between the two sections they had repaired less than 10 power packs in the previous 12 months - ABRO did the rest.
Now we are told that we are not here to repair kit unless it has training value! We are here to train for war!! What a massive shift in ethos in just 26 years.
I spent my second posting at a Bn in Germany. What a waste of time! I spent next to no time fixing kit, unless it was on a GPATE concentration. And even that was only 9-5 for 5 days!!! Other than that, we seemed to spend more time doing CES checks on our B fleet and rolling cam nets around the floor. I mistakenly thought that I'd be able to get more time working on kit at a Bn.
On the positive side, I can sort a cam net out in 30 seconds, do drill really well, pass an APWT with my eyes closed, list the CES items for an 8t TM and their NSNs off the top of my head, attack an enemy position and call in air support... and make really really good egg banjos.
It's not the Bns that have changed REME, it's the nature of the political world in which we work. For all you fossils out there, we aren't fighting the cold war anymore, the nature (and number) of recruits is fundamentally different and we have to manage our own budgets in a way we never needed to only a few years ago. Don't be afraid of change. You don't have a choice anyway.
For all you fossils out there, we aren't fighting the cold war anymore, the nature (and number) of recruits is fundamentally different and we have to manage our own budgets in a way we never needed to only a few years ago.
Sorry blaming the quality of recruits doesn't wash. On Herrick 7 we had a few young lads attached for a couple of days from 1Bn, noticing they were not too clever with the spanners I got chatting to them about what they had been up to since leaving Bordon.
On average they had been out of training for around a year and claimed to have done sod all in the way of trade before deploying. Even allowing for PDT that is a long time to be pushing a broom around and doing the leadership days that Bn's seem to be so keen on. Even whilst deployed 1Bn then tried to Lean anything that stayed still long enough and wasn't nailed down. Being stuck on a production line doing the same repetitive crap all day must have made the months fly by.
Over the last few years I have seen the vast majority of second line work being sent to civvy companys rather than to a Bn. This may be good for getting sports afternoons and poet's days but doesn't benefit the tradesman.
Does that mean I don't have to worry about active edge anymore ?? That will please the wife, my 58 pattern has been fezzing under the bed for ages BB I am well aware that the wall came down, I was on about the trade fade that has occured, but thanks for pointing it out.