Having serving 16 years I can quite honestly say that there has been 'angst' in the Corp for that entire 16 years and a lot of it appears to have been ignored by the 'higher echelon' for that same, 16 years.
i) If it doesn't directly effect them they couldn't care less!!
ii) If 'angst' and 'misery' is created amongst the lower ranks while furthering your career, that is a perfectly acceptable compromise!!
iii) There is no 'angst' in the higher echelon, so, obviously, there is no 'angst' at all!!
Bugger me the 'higher echelons are w*nkers and they don't care' slogans really are dull.
I would argue that you are (after 16yrs) somewhat closer to the higher echelons than you make out.
If you have that attitude with 4yrs to do then I pity your unit. You have enough time left to do something with your life. If you don't like it, then spend the time working towards career No2, but do not become (perhaps you already are) a whinging f*cker who just p*sses everyone off. It is neither big nor clever.
Personally my 15+ yrs in the Corps have been gleaming. Great soldiers, great postings, great sport, loads of Ops and a good dose of drinking
As has been said many times, this is not a new story. I joined in 1967 and left in 1996. In that time, I came across many who whinged about things without getting off their arrises and doing something. The number of guys in Cyprus who used to moan about nothing to do used to make me want to scream. I couldn't find enough hours in the day to do all the things available and they used to fess in their pits waiting till the NAAFI opened FFS!
In my last posting, I had two particular guys who felt the world owed them a living. I interviewed both and gave one the advice, "If you don't like it, leave" as I felt he was wasting my time and his attitude was having a knock on effect with the other guys. The other one was just frustrated because Manning & Records wouldn't give him a good career path. I told him that, if he put his efforts into the Troop and stopped his whinging I'd help him all I could.
The first one left the next year and, last I heard, has a job in some boring office working for local government. The other guy is now an RSM in the Corps (or was up till last October when I saw him at a reunion).
So the answer is, guys, you'll only get out of it what you put it into it, honest.
(PS bit of a whinging prat myself in my younger days..we had a club called the Permanent Corporals Club and used to whinge like crazy. I was almost 30 when I realised what a prat I was...retired as a Major 17 years later so I've been there, done that...once you grow up it gets a helluvalot better and, no, I'm not patronising you. It's always been like that)
Couldn't agree more. I have had my time in a crap unit but made the most of it by getting stuck into sports and organising charity events. To be honest I organised them more for the CR and time pass than the charity money raised but it made the time pass quicker I am now about to go on another good posting. Effort is rewarded wherever you are regardless of what the whingers say!!!
Is that what you are doing then? Helping out the manpower in the Corps before you can't wait to leave in 4 years? Taking one for the team are we?
I've always said regardless of how many are in my Tp, Sqn or Regt I would much rather work with 5 guys who want to be there and are willing to be there and get stuck in than 50 guys who don't. In any walk in life a happy worker is a good worker.
What does my declaration of really looking forward to leaving the Corps and indeed the Army have to do with taking one for the team? The sort of statement made by a chav on the street.
Whitehall pays me a pretty decent salary and as such they will continue to get my total committment in every aspect of what it is to be a member of our Corps/Army. I will still run Battle Camps, MATT Camps, Mess Functions etc as I always have done, until it is time for me to start thinking about looking after number 1. That is widely acknowledged as being when you hit your 2 years to push point.
It is a very foolish person who pushes all the way to the bitter end and probably one who will end up badly prepared for his second career.
with all the hats we have to wear we are all really tall.
heres my jiff job hat, and this one is my phone bich hat, heres my brew bitch hat.... the list goes on but i dont want to reveal too much. (edited to add, come to think about it its the same everywhere!)
posting confirmed now... just have to wait 4 months for a replacement.