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Drill Nights !

#1
Morning all

Has/Do any other units have issuses with the number of unit members turning up to Drill Nights? Juniors and Seniors!

Most Drill nights at my Unit its full screws and recurits !!!!

Also my unit is now implimenting Minimum Manning Nights (not at any time to be called Standown! (Training officer! dont like it called that))

How and when are the old smokes that do turn up actually ment to get any training and how do the new bods get to learn anything ?

Rant/Winge over!

cheers
 
#6
We have a good mix turning up at ours! There are also quite a few new recruits as well as people that have been there since the dawn of time!
 
#8
we seem to get quite a few rcts, they seem to stick around for the initial 'TAFs' weekends until they attempt to run the mile and a half. thats when they realise that theyve got problems with their knees (load of bolloc*s), then they tend to leave. as for amount of people parading, were supposed to be the biggest sqn in the regt with amount signed on... do we ever see them?! do we heck! i rekon the most ive seen parade is about 40 and thats out of atleast 100! its mental! im sure people sign up for the green kit, well they must do! as for training... thats a joke too, whats the point in having a training programme which gets chucked out of the window at the very last minute so the night just turns into a gin-gan-gooley! woah what a rant! i feel much better now!
 
#9
Our troop is extremely bottom heavy. Our normal turnout is 2-3 Signallers, 2-3 Sergeants and about 10 recruits. We have no JNCOs on our books and as triplesix said we have a training program which seems to go to the dogs at the drop of a hat. But apart from that all is good on a Tuesday night!
 
#10
Good to know its not (Or Not Good if you follow) only my unit !! what you get in for a weekend ?
 
#11
OK, this isn't entended to be a dig but maybe the unit in question should ask why people aren't turning in instead of placing an (I am led to believe) illegal system of forcing people to turn up.

Also if its Seniors not turning in then perhaps conversations without tea and biscuits are in order.
 
#13
ben0239 said:
We average between 40 - 50 people on a typical drill night, with 20 or so those being recruits.
Fuck me. I've never seen those sort of numbers. What type of unit are you?
 
#14
40 guys on parade is normal, last night we had a little more than that, and thats after the normal annual camp backlash. We have a very strong recruiting team, and at the moment our retention remains pretty good. We are part of 106 royal artillery.
 

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#15
ben0239 said:
40 guys on parade is normal, last night we had a little more than that, and thats after the normal annual camp backlash. We have a very strong recruiting team, and at the moment our retention remains pretty good. We are part of 106 royal artillery.
Trained soldiers or including recruits?
 
#17
22, sorry no, 21 on the books (just a platoon loc) 4 gone regular in last 6 months-ish, 9 on tour or POTL or sick leave right now, leaving 12 in the UK, about 7 (I think) just gone States, out of the remaining fist, 4 turned up last night, including me........

Is that Ok? We seem to go from 4-6 to 14 on a night. On weekends we go from 3 or 4 (last FTX, just before everybody goes to the States!) to some of the lads have to drive up to Coy HQ cos the 14 seat minibus is full!
 
#18
GuybrushThreepwood said:
Last night we were a little more evenly balanced:

Capt x 1
WO2 x 1
Sgt x 3
Sig(Traded) x 5
Sig(NFQ) x 3
Rct x 3

Was a nice change to have a more seniors in

16 out of an establishment of....?
 
#20
My unit is SQN has four troops split across three TACs. One at each of the outlying TACs and two troops at mine.

Sadly though from two troops we get the fewest numbers with around 6-9 people turning up from rcts,pte and corporals. we always have a nearly full compliment of officers kicking about though.

last night again the training plan with Pete Tong with the person responsible for it failing to deliver it to those needed. However, we were told by the OC as a method of getting back to the old days of full turn out, we've been told tuesday nights are going to be 'fun'! to help encourage the non attenders back.

i'm uncertain whether to be excited or worried when the word fun is used.
 

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