COVID-19 mobilisation

Chimp

ADC
I have no Reserve liability (medical retirement dontchyaknow)) but I can dream:
 
Silly question time.

Why are reserves being mobilised? There will be several regular RLC units not resupplying ammo to arty and armd units that are not on firing camps. Their LADs and Wksps aren’t fixing as many wagons because they won’t be breaking. 5x campaign Signal Regiments that could surely spare a few squadrons between them? How many infantry companies, arty btys and RAC sqns have blokes available for general manpower.

Given the nause involved in officially calling out a reservist, let alone three thousand of them, this just surprises me a bit.

Or am I wrong, and the MOD has already committed tens of thousands of troops and these are being called up as reinforcements to the tens of thousands already on task? I know there was 10-20000 on standby, but if they’re not actually on task, just on standby, why the reservists?

Or is this the MOD getting ahead of the game and calling them out ahead of when they’re actually needed?

Not having a dig, just mildly curious.
well all the military stuff seems to be going on as normal
 
Silly question time.

Why are reserves being mobilised? There will be several regular RLC units not resupplying ammo to arty and armd units that are not on firing camps. Their LADs and Wksps aren’t fixing as many wagons because they won’t be breaking. 5x campaign Signal Regiments that could surely spare a few squadrons between them? How many infantry companies, arty btys and RAC sqns have blokes available for general manpower.

Given the nause involved in officially calling out a reservist, let alone three thousand of them, this just surprises me a bit.

Or am I wrong, and the MOD has already committed tens of thousands of troops and these are being called up as reinforcements to the tens of thousands already on task? I know there was 10-20000 on standby, but if they’re not actually on task, just on standby, why the reservists?

Or is this the MOD getting ahead of the game and calling them out ahead of when they’re actually needed?

Not having a dig, just mildly curious.
Most military LAD types are not qualified on civilian trucks. Most reserve REME types in the vm trade are vocational mechanics, many in the HGV market....

As an example.

Signals wise, because UK Ops is a reserve role only a very limited number of regulars dedicated as a matter of routine...
 
Silly question time.

Why are reserves being mobilised?

Or is this the MOD getting ahead of the game and calling them out ahead of when they’re actually needed?

Not having a dig, just mildly curious.
Mostly for specialist skills. Some in the public eye, some not.
 
Most military LAD types are not qualified on civilian trucks. Most reserve REME types in the vm trade are vocational mechanics, many in the HGV market....

As an example.

Signals wise, because UK Ops is a reserve role only a very limited number of regulars dedicated as a matter of routine...
So what about the 10-20000 regular tps on standby then? Won’t they be unqualified/wrong role to do their actual jobs? Perhaps they are mainly general manpower in the form of Arty/Inf/RAC units.

I can see say RE building temporary hospitals and morgues, RLC and if necessary RAF doing delivery/logistic work, but it surprises me that Signals units are not being crashed out to provide command/control because they are not UK-roled. I would have thought the basic requirement of comms and HQ facilities could be provided by any CSR, independent of normal role. Same job as they would do on any normal op, just in the UK. Perhaps they are, and any R SIGNALS reservists being called out are augmenting that deployment.

As I say, just curious as to what these reservists are doing that isn’t/can’t be done more quickly with regular tps. Fixing civvy trucks for one, it seems.
 

mrboo

War Hero
As I said before on another forum while back I have no interest going back in . I am like most up for doing my bit I ama HGV class 1 driver that left the reserves 18 months ago and was wondering if I should contact my old regiment.
 

Chimp

ADC
I am sure you would have been OK anyway.

I don't think the RMP reserves are mobilising.
Wrong: a mate of mine who left a while ago has just had the call.
 
From what I can tell, the vast majority of the 20000 regulars assigned to this are sat on their arse waiting for taskings; and the 3000 reservists are not at all being called for their specialist skills, but simply to go join the regs in sitting on their arse waiting for taskings. A couple of hundred have built some hospitals, a handful more learning to drive oxygen trucks.
The reason signals aren't being called us cause everything is being done on the existing Comms infrastructure (including WhatsApp it seems).
Most jobs don't actually need the military. The delivery firms, big to small, have plenty of capacity and happy to take the extra contracts. It was civvie sparkies that did the hospital, not army. Civvies are building the temp morgues.
All that's actually needed is decisive coordination. This isn't a war where the army needs to be entirely self-sufficient. The economy has far more infrastructure, capabilities, resources and manpower than the army could ever hope to match. Need some more PPE, send a WO round to all the nearby textile firms with the required pattern, tell them how many are needed and when by, tell them the price they will be paid, and that a refusal to meet the need will be severely frowned upon. But does the army know enough about civilian capabilities to be able to task them for what is required? Or are they trying to solve everything with just military resources?
 

QRK2

LE
As I say, just curious as to what these reservists are doing that isn’t/can’t be done more quickly with regular tps. Fixing civvy trucks for one, it seems.
Get OBEs distributed across the AR chain of command (not least those bits of it that are Regular Officers of course)
 

Chimp

ADC
What we need is a Covid-19 HQ. This should be at least a 3* affair. That means a few key commands - medical, logistic & liaison - led by Teeth Arm 2*s. Each must have a Colonel COS (preferably infantry) and a 1* deputy (loggy or medic to take the blame) etc, etc. If Glasgow gets its act together should be set up in time for commanders to attend the Palace by the end of the year...
 
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ExREME..TECH

On ROPS
On ROPs
Not getting COVID 19..... waiting till the 2020 version is available.
I will wait until COVID 21 comes out and get the 19 version as it will be cheap
 
From what I can tell, the vast majority of the 20000 regulars assigned to this are sat on their arse waiting for taskings; and the 3000 reservists are not at all being called for their specialist skills, but simply to go join the regs in sitting on their arse waiting for taskings. A couple of hundred have built some hospitals, a handful more learning to drive oxygen trucks.
The reason signals aren't being called us cause everything is being done on the existing Comms infrastructure (including WhatsApp it seems).
Most jobs don't actually need the military. The delivery firms, big to small, have plenty of capacity and happy to take the extra contracts. It was civvie sparkies that did the hospital, not army. Civvies are building the temp morgues.
All that's actually needed is decisive coordination. This isn't a war where the army needs to be entirely self-sufficient. The economy has far more infrastructure, capabilities, resources and manpower than the army could ever hope to match. Need some more PPE, send a WO round to all the nearby textile firms with the required pattern, tell them how many are needed and when by, tell them the price they will be paid, and that a refusal to meet the need will be severely frowned upon. But does the army know enough about civilian capabilities to be able to task them for what is required? Or are they trying to solve everything with just military resources?
A number of reserve signals are being used.

Precisely because we normally utilise that existing infra and integrate it into military and more robust comms. That is the UK Ops piece, aswell as the fact we train and exercise with civil police etc. Which the regulars don't.
 
From what I can tell, the vast majority of the 20000 regulars assigned to this are sat on their arse waiting for taskings; and the 3000 reservists are not at all being called for their specialist skills, but simply to go join the regs in sitting on their arse waiting for taskings. A couple of hundred have built some hospitals, a handful more learning to drive oxygen trucks.
The reason signals aren't being called us cause everything is being done on the existing Comms infrastructure (including WhatsApp it seems).
Most jobs don't actually need the military. The delivery firms, big to small, have plenty of capacity and happy to take the extra contracts. It was civvie sparkies that did the hospital, not army. Civvies are building the temp morgues.
All that's actually needed is decisive coordination. This isn't a war where the army needs to be entirely self-sufficient. The economy has far more infrastructure, capabilities, resources and manpower than the army could ever hope to match. Need some more PPE, send a WO round to all the nearby textile firms with the required pattern, tell them how many are needed and when by, tell them the price they will be paid, and that a refusal to meet the need will be severely frowned upon. But does the army know enough about civilian capabilities to be able to task them for what is required? Or are they trying to solve everything with just military resources?
What a pity you weren't consulted earlier, armed forces personnel needn't have bothered.
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
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You miss the point that they'd probably already unloaded them, but had to put them back again for the photo op.
On the run up to Op Fresco, me and a couple of other lads got stitched to be background artistes in a local news report.

While the reporter ditted on about the military making preparations for potential fire strikes, we had to mill about in the background doing “fireman stuff” unrolling and then re-rolling up a load of fire hoses.
 

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