does anyone do soldiering anymore?

#5
How does it work with getting rounds? If you're at the right level (SNCO) can you not organise some training and request rounds?
 
#7
Most TA Signal Regiments do not get to use anywhere near their annual entitlement (avg 57,000 rds 5.56mm dependent on role).

This is sometimes due to non availability of range facilities / MTDs or more usually due to 70 blokes "promising" that they will be turning up for a range weekend and then 15 actually turning up.
 
#8
Most TA Signal Regiments do not get to use anywhere near their annual entitlement (avg 57,000 rds 5.56mm dependent on role).

This is sometimes due to non availability of range facilities / MTDs or more usually due to 70 blokes "promising" that they will be turning up for a range weekend and then 15 actually turning up.
Surely that would allow them to fire 5 times as much ammunition, not less?
 
#9
Surely that would allow them to fire 5 times as much ammunition, not less?
Not really, if it's for MATTs training etc and you are trying to get through the extra ammunition you can't really just switch to automatic and give it some rock and roll action to turn live into brass.

Invariably you end up returning boxes of unused ammo to the RQ.
 
#10
That is dinosaur poo's idea of military training; standing on the point with weapon roughly pointing down the range, emptying magazines, all whilst breathing through his mouth and dribbling.

The failed stab ****.
 
#13
We are only expected to do "soldiering" for Lanyard trophy, inter sqn competitions and CLM's
lanyards ok and as for inter sqn competitions... Ha! There's only about 3 people in the other sqns.

It's a little frustrating when all the good things we joined for don't happen anymore... Join the TA and sit in a 9x9!

I can't remember when we did AT last and it's been so long since I've seen my weapon that I've forgotten how to use it (no puns)
 
#15
lanyards ok and as for inter sqn competitions... Ha! There's only about 3 people in the other sqns.

It's a little frustrating when all the good things we joined for don't happen anymore... Join the TA and sit in a 9x9!

I can't remember when we did AT last and it's been so long since I've seen my weapon that I've forgotten how to use it (no puns)
Well realistically how much mil training do you expect a signals unit to do? Surely the priority is for your guys to be proficient in the job that the army has trained and paid you to do. Which probably involves a lot of sitting around in 9x9s.

If you genuinely prefer the mil stuff, why not just transfer to the infantry? Bit of a no brainer.
 
#16
Not really, if it's for MATTs training etc and you are trying to get through the extra ammunition you can't really just switch to automatic and give it some rock and roll action to turn live into brass.

Invariably you end up returning boxes of unused ammo to the RQ.
**** me I didn't realise they were rationing humour.
 
#17
Well realistically how much mil training do you expect a signals unit to do? Surely the priority is for your guys to be proficient in the job that the army has trained and paid you to do. Which probably involves a lot of sitting around in 9x9s.

If you genuinely prefer the mil stuff, why not just transfer to the infantry? Bit of a no brainer.
But out on the ground these guys are expected to do their job, patrol, man 50 cals & GMGs.

MST gives a heads up, but you need the depth of experience.
 
#18
IMO everyone should be proficient in weapons handling and the occasional bit of fieldcraft teachs someone how to admin themselves better. I'm not talking about sigs doing patrols and contact drills every week just once or twice a year would be nice. I asked for weapons to be taken on a patrol competition the other day and was told it was too much trouble!
 
#19
IMO everyone should be proficient in weapons handling and the occasional bit of fieldcraft teachs someone how to admin themselves better. I'm not talking about sigs doing patrols and contact drills every week just once or twice a year would be nice. I asked for weapons to be taken on a patrol competition the other day and was told it was too much trouble!
Once or twice a year is not enough to be proficient with field admin.

Is it not time that specialist trades like signals and medics be attached to infantry units within the TA rather than have thier own squadrons? Say a signal plt as part of an Inf coy. Or a group of medics that provide the medical element of a TA battalion. You'll save a lot of money in real estate as no need to have loads of TA centres and realistic training can take place. On the plus side each arm can help the others with the specialist training they're proficient in. Inf teaching Inf work, signals teaching comms stuff and medics teaching medical stuff.

I know a lot of corps types will say that they're unit doesn't work like that but let's be honest about the last time your unit deployed as a formed group and in role. For eg: 4 med regt (TA) are a field hospital which is pointless.

Maybe I'm being too simplistic but I think it could work with the right senior backing. It would also help chin off the dead weight who don't want to do anything other than the gucci stuff they like doing.
 
#20
Not really, if it's for MATTs training etc and you are trying to get through the extra ammunition you can't really just switch to automatic and give it some rock and roll action to turn live into brass.

Invariably you end up returning boxes of unused ammo to the RQ.
Yes, you can.

Plan ahead and put in the RASP that there will be a Burst shoot (ammo permitting). Ensure you take the shooting practice from the relevant pamphlet and then, in the last half hour of the shooting put blokes on for a burst fire practice. Ensure you record that the shooters that day conducted the shoot. Lends the shoot a certain credibility, and the next time those who HAVE burst fired can go to the back of the line.

I'd imagine more people will turn up the next range day.

So in short, Beiruit unload NO, constructive training taken from the Pam YES>
 

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