DC and JB explain the Reserves Review - worth watching

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by MrTracey, Oct 25, 2010.

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  1. Thanks for link, interesting
  2. Interesting to hear DC actually say that he told them to Reshow.

    This is either going to be good for the size and shape of the Reserves - or very very bad. Some-one needs to understand that its not about our political clout ( See £20m "cut" debacle) its about the Reserve being a genuinely good money-saving idea if handled right.
  3. Is tht link knackered, Im only getting sound, a corrupted picture and it freezes after 30 seconds? (that sounds just like the last government!)
  4. Note, no promise of new funds, new equipment or new TACOS. More for less?
  5. msr

    msr LE

    Unless this reshow review starts with the words: "The regular army requires the following from its reserve..." and continues, in detail, for several pages to provide the 'what you want doing', the the review showing 'how it will be done' will be another pointless exercise and deliver a fiasco on the same scale as the carriers -it's as if the MOD simply never learns the absolute basics of project management: if you can't get your specifications agreed and signed off, you will never get the project to deliver on time, if at all.

  6. "regulary requires ....." sounds rather simple .. But a excellent idea to start from
  7. Are you sure?

    What about 'The Reserve requires the following from the Regular Army....' as a starter for ten?

  8. Surely thats the the response to The Regular Army's defination of what they want? Once we know that, we can tell them what we need to deliver.
  9. Ask not what you can do for your country, but what can you country do for you...or to be serious, one of the main themes of the Cottam review was what does the Army need from the Reserves? (oft turned around by those taking part).

    The point about the Cottam Review was that despite being inherently flawed, it did enshrine a couple of things that were of use - the principal one being a commitment to keep the TA Offer intact

    To be exact, an extract from TAQ in 2009 is below - judge for yourself if, nearly two years later, thnings have moved on or improved:

    The Proposition:

    ‘Defence will offer the challenge and reward which attracts people to volunteer, and undertakes to train and support them throughout their Service, including when mobilised and recuperating.’


    Recommendation 6:

    Defence should accept the proposition for the Reserve and acknowledge its current fragility in certain areas.

    TACOS – the need for change – The pivotal importance of training to fulfil the Proposition for the Reserve (is) examined in Chapter 2. The Review also proposes some changes to TACOS to allow the Reserve to play a more effective part in manning the whole force, and to ensure that Reservists are not disadvantaged.

    Future vocational framework – Whilst current TACOS are generically fit for purpose, the wide range of possible engagements means that they risk being divisive and unduly complex in the eyes of Reservists. What is proposed is a framework to rationalise military vocations across the board. The Review found that central to the problem was the way in which the single Services interpret and apply the rules for moving from one form of engagement to another. In order to make the whole force structure work, it is essential to remove the barriers that make it difficult to move between engagements.

    Volunteer Reserve Pensions - The Review does not recommend any changes to existing pension provision, which is considered adequate. The mobilised volunteer reservist is entitled to the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme 2005 (RFPS05), but can choose to have the cost element of its civilian occupational or personal pensions met by Defence or to join, or remain, with the state second pension. For Volunteer Reserves who are not mobilised, the approach should remain that they receive a tax-free bounty if they complete the required number of days training for their trade or specialisation. This is an element of Volunteer Reserve TACOS that remains popular.

    Administrative Burdening - Management of Reservists is hindered significantly at all levels by a lack of coherent, authoritative data. The recent introduction of Joint Personnel Administration also requires greater involvement by line managers. The burden of administration is greater than ever as a result of introducing Regular requirements to
    Reservists that divert them from training activities or take additional time out of their civilian lives. Defence should look at how best to reduce these administrative burdens.

    Welfare - There is a need to make Reservists and their families more aware of the welfare resources available from the date of joining. The Review believes that the overall approach should be simplified through a unifying strategy led by Defence. This should be supported by a webbased portal.