Tell me what you want to know via pm. In essence CVHQ RA is made up of some specialist Gunner pools and the All Arms Watchkeepers Pool.
The Watchkeepers Pool is made up of officers from all arms who are committed to 19 days per annum working in HQ's from Bde to ARRC. Currently at 175 strong (always vacancies for good Chaps) the pool recruits both Ex Regular officers and TA officers who have reached the end of their time in their Bn's. We work as watchkeepers and the job is very much what you make of it, some become trusted members of HQ teams, and some are asked to make the tea.
If you've come to the end of your high intensity active time in either the Regs or Vols, the Pool lets you contribute at a lower, but still much needed level. Be prepared to trade off what can be sometimes quite boring work, for still being part of the green world. The Pool itself has a wide range of officers and a good atmosphere, and of course we get to go out to the Field Army where there are still lots of people that are good to know.
The Watchkeepers and Liaison Officers Pool is for Captains (SO3), Majors (SO2) & Lt Colonels (SO1). There are those who have joined the Pool as Capts and have gone on to become Lt Cols. The SO1s tend to be LOs for Bde and upwards. They also have the joy of writing the CRs for the other CVHQ RA watchkeepers in their formation.
Whilst I, personally, am in the "do I want to still do this" mind frame, I would say I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and heartily recommend the Pool to TA and ex-Regs alike.
I was there for about ten years (watchkeepers' pool) and it was great. Well run, minimal bullshit, and a great bunch of people. Variety of Exs ranging from Staff College to Germany and Oman; 19 days/year for a bounty; and zero responsibility for anybody other than yourself.
Only downside: having to do a lot of watchkeeping! After a HERRICK tour in that role it was time to move on. This was in about 2009/2010 - it may have changed since.
In my case they discovered an x factor over payment going back to 2008 when I was down there on an FTRS contract. Rather than explain the issue and indeed fight it on your behalf they just told me to re pay it (over £2k). I am currently on an FTRS contract and my FTRS unit does my daily admin. My SSgt immediately advised me of my options, the OC is supportive and the Bde SPS gave immediate advice and I have an appeal going through. In short all the stuff CVHQ (RA) should have done and they failed to do. Had a seriously bad effect on me. After 40 years I leave with little respect for them. The admin has always been poor but now its up the hoop. Appears there are up to 200 over payments of X Factor going back up to ten years being reclaimed. Be very interesting to see the effect of that on reserves retention?
I did a TELIC years ago where we had a number of CVHQ augmentees in our HQ.
They varied, to put it mildly.
Some, mostly the younger and more enthusiastic element, I'd work with again tomorrow. The older c**ts, you know the "I was a Coy Cdr in Ireland / Cyprus / CORPORATE" types - frankly, I'd have rather have had mates who were CFAVs. At least they'd have known their limitations and would have tried to look enthusiastic..............