Does the TA offer this too? If not, why not?

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by Tartan_Terrier, Dec 12, 2007.

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  1. I just had a quick look over on the RAuxAF website and spotted this:

    I'm not sure if this project was born on the back of the TA's Summer Challenge, but it seems like they've taken it a step (or two) further.

    I think it sounds like a great idea, and if they advertise it properly, I'm sure it will be a big success.

    Any comments?

  2. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    I think the clue/problem is inthe bit that says "You may elect to undertake short periods of mobilised service". The Army, except in some pretty specialised circumstances (mainly Medics) is only interested in those willing and able to deploy for the full 6 months. Still, it seems like it could be a good idea, and may be worth following up. Given the horrendous state of RAuxAF manning, they are desperate enough to try anything. Perhaps the TA should watch, and learn from their successes and from their mistakes.
  3. Not that great ?
    Pay scheme as per TA - days wage per day trained.
    Only in the "Hols" - fair one - like Summer Challenge as you said.
    ( Sounds like they will get the X Factor tho ?)

    Guaranteed mobilisation - may appeal to some ?

    A bounty.

    Sounds like a cross between OTC and TA ?

    It does sound pretty flexible though. Thats probably the best bit.
  4. Sounds a good idea. I wonder how long it is tho before we go down the American route & offer all Uni fees paid in return for a spell in HMF.

  5. Students as Rock Apes?

    Could be quite funny!
  6. Actually that sounds just like the TA., if you think about it

    You are more than welcome to join the TA for 4 - 5 years whilst a student

  7. Agreed, it's all in the marketing strategy, and the way you put it across, you could, I suppose, do this at unit level to your local Uni's around freshers fayre time, lot's of poster's (doesn't cost a lot to make these your self, I had 200 hundred done a while ago, designed myself, and Coy fund's forked out £80 to have them printed, sent out to businesses and Uni's etc - actually got a few blokes in as a direct result) and glitz, to essentially sell a package we already offer (just unpackaged!).
    Hello up there! Reading this lot are you?!
  8. It also may have something to do with the fact that the Regular Regiment are well under strength at present, and they are hoping to somehow drag some across :?
  9. The TA wouldn't do it. It would decrease the potential pool of regular (and TA?) officers - who should be joining the OTC
  10. Sound exactly the same as summer challenge.

    Cram all the recruit training into the summer holidays and at the end of 5 weeks you're a trained soldier.

    Nothing new here and offer nothing more than the TA does
  11. This did get my eye...

    "You may elect to undertake short periods of mobilised service during your holidays "
  12. Do university fees get paid for cadetships?
  13. Yep, you also get salaried. Only a handful given out each year, and i'm not sure if the scheme is still going...

  14. "Sorry I couldn't do my homework, the Taliban blew it up."
  15. Sympathetic_Reaction

    Sympathetic_Reaction LE Book Reviewer

    You used to also get bursaries...which was £1,750 a year or £2,250 if engineering I think, not sure if they are still around.