Compulsory Mobilisation for ex Regulars reservists

#1
Has anyone been compulsory mobilised recently, in the TA its still voluntary but a workmate (ex reg Sigs reservist) mentioned a mate of his had just been called up (and he believes the same could happen to him)????
 
#2
keep an eye out for that big brown envelope waiting for you on your doorstep. its only a matter of time i suppose
 
#4
Not sure it it's true, but I heard it's difficult for us on the reserve list to get out of it once called back.

Lads from my Sqn who went on one of the Telics said there were people who had finished their time on the list that had been called up (somebody said his brother had been called back as a Sapper, and he was in his forties). Also heard of somebody who was forced to go, despite having a bad back signed by a civvie GP.

Any truth in this?
I did get a nasty letter threatening court action because I forgot to update my information - quite ironic getting a letter posted to you saying tell us your address, or we'll trace you and then take you to court to get the costs of finding it back!
 

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#5
amazing__lobster said:
Not sure it it's true, but I heard it's difficult for us on the reserve list to get out of it once called back.

Lads from my Sqn who went on one of the Telics said there were people who had finished their time on the list that had been called up (somebody said his brother had been called back as a Sapper, and he was in his forties). Also heard of somebody who was forced to go, despite having a bad back signed by a civvie GP.

Any truth in this?
I did get a nasty letter threatening court action because I forgot to update my information - quite ironic getting a letter posted to you saying tell us your address, or we'll trace you and then take you to court to get the costs of finding it back!
When I left UK to work I changed my address to that of my parents as a forwarding address - same one I vote from and have a mortgage for. But I never received any mail about anything.
 
#6
amazing__lobster said:
Not sure it it's true, but I heard it's difficult for us on the reserve list to get out of it once called back.
Yep its meant to be far easier to call up TA. The figures I was told was 3 reservists get called up for one slot, with the TA its around 1.25 soldiers for every slot.
 
#7
I'd love to see the call up withstand a challenge in court. Reg reserve is to defend the country not support poorly planned foreign adventures.
 
#8
When I was called up to go to Kosovo in 1999 I was told that ex regs (regardless of what they think) have a reserve liability up to the age of 60. That includes those like myself who had done 22+.

Although there are various different categories of reservist and for old knackers like me to be compulsorily called up we would have to be at General War or in need of my "Specialist" knowledge.

Others who had served less time at the colours and/or were younger come higher up the list.

Dont know if this is still true
 
#9
I also wonder what the response would be from the MOD if the reservist said he was a drug user, would they be able to serve :? If loads of regulars are being canned for failing CDT they couldnt really make someone deploy who's taking drugs in civvy street. Probably a loophole for some. :roll:
 
#11
I didn't realise you were that old CC. :D
 
#14
They're more than welcome to call me up, I'm bored shitless. Have to sort out my knees and slight addition of weight though... Quick tour of 'stan wouldn't hurt the bank at all.
 
#15
The Chinks would have to be moored off Dungerness before a brown envelope landed on my door mat !! FFS I hardly know one end of an SA80 from the other !!!!! I expect the moths have got to my puttes & KF shirts in the loft by now aswell ! Do you reckon I,d get billed for them ?

LT
 
#16
LoneTree said:
The Chinks would have to be moored off Dungerness before a brown envelope landed on my door mat !! FFS I hardly know one end of an SA80 from the other !!!!! I expect the moths have got to my puttes & KF shirts in the loft by now aswell ! Do you reckon I,d get billed for them ?

LT
Puttees and KF shirts went in the early 90's me old codger, saying that im getting close to my 22 so went hunting in the garage to see what kit i had for OPTAG trg. I found my old chinese fighting suit, lightweights and a couple of KP shirts(one still a hairy one and the other nicely ironed and slick) Dont think there on my 1157 though.
 

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#17
polar said:
Has anyone been compulsory mobilised recently, in the TA its still voluntary but a workmate (ex reg Sigs reservist) mentioned a mate of his had just been called up (and he believes the same could happen to him)????
No, no-one has been compulsorally mobilised for several years by the Army.

RAuxAF, yes, they are doing it (rarely) now, they are different, but the Army - nope, not a single one. This accounts for the small percentage of the TA that have been/are mobilised, compared to much greater (4 or 5 times) percentage of the RAuxAF and the RMR. Mind you, the other Reserves are small compared, but as a point of interest, they are more than doing their bit.

So, ex-Regs, sleep safe in the knowledge that the Long Brown Envelope is staying away - for now................... Of course, if you want to go, they'll probably bite your hand off.
 
#18
If they want to beast my fat carcass around the assault course they are welcome to try; I'll stir up mutiny amongst the sprogs, condescend to the CO, patronise the adjutant and quietly threaten to murder the RSM. The Provost Sergeant I would simply bait and ridicule in front of the troops.

I think I could be quite an unwelcome and disruptive influence in any unit and would quickly be returned to civilian life. Fcuk the Bush/Bliar/Broone misadventure.

If however Britain was threatened by a real foreign invasion I would be queueing up outside the depot gates, holding my gut in, trying to look alert and soldierlike and clamouring to re-enlist (along with about a million others.)
 
#19
I still send back my annual reporting form confirming I have legs, arms and can see (hearing in left ear getting worse mind).
Odd thing is there is no space on the form to inform them that I have put on weight, and that I think the moths have probably eaten the 58 webbing and SMG pull-through in my canvas kit bag.
So not much use I'm afraid.
 
#20
RogerOut! said:
Now your talking CC

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