Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by eSeL, May 8, 2006.

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  1. eSeL

    eSeL LE

    Not really an opinion of sorts, more a rant:

    I am off the firm believe that my boss has it in for me today. Went down with my camp release form to beg for two weeks off for a nice foriegn exchange trip to Florida (to have a jolly with some nice National Guardsmen). Obviously this seem like a good opportunity, but no, it's not to be: too many other people on work-related courses, so I've come too late and denied. Not happy.

    To ad insult to injury, I find a floating blood-stained tampon in the toilet. I believe it to have sinister purpose. There are no other culprits as my boss is the only female in the office.

    Anyone else having a bad day?
  2. ytomk

    ytomk Old-Salt

    That's a cnut mate. That sounds an awesome trip. Can I go?
  3. eSeL

    eSeL LE

    If you're a Royal Irish Ranger, certainly...

    I'm gutted :(
  4. KINGO

    KINGO Old-Salt

    Just go, I would...

    Sounds to me like she needs shafting up the arrse too... :wink:
  5. b_flat

    b_flat Old-Salt


    I've always had to do camp in my own time. And then my Boss would try to invent reasons why I couldn't have those particular weeks (even if I was booking 6 months in advance).

    The Boss once explained to me that the reason for her dislike of the British Army was that the Black and Tans burned her Grandfathers house in the 1920's. 8O She and her father were born in the UK.

    She also informed me that my continued membership of the TA would "slow" my career, as she felt it showed disloyalty to the company, (this being a large multinational).

    I continue, partly to spite her :D , and because I hate blackmail.

    Best Regards,

  6. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    Years ago, in the 70s, I was a TA soldier and had a rather odd female boss whose father was from NI. She always gave me a hard time, despite the fact that I discovered her father had been in the RAF for 22yrs! She used to hint that she knew people involved with PIRA, and failed to heed my warning that I would report what she said. Though I suspected that the nearest she'd come to anything Irish was driving past the Irish Club, I dobbed her in. She had a visit from SB - nothing found on the PIRA front, but she got nicked for the cannabis plants in her house!
  7. eSeL

    eSeL LE

    The thing is, she's usually cool about it. One of the drivers in my place is a Staff Sergeant in the RLC, she has no problems with letting her go away on camp (she's currently in Slovenia with Army paragliding team). I think I just picked a bad day to break the news to her (as the toiletry evidence may have proved).

    Sure there'll be other camps (to Lydd & Hythe.... great). That or go on the PTI course which was threatened for later in the year...
  8. Goku

    Goku Guest

    Ever considered having a word with your HR manager or getting her up in front of an employment tribunal?

    It would be far more fun to make her squirm.
  9. Or, as loudly as possible, tell her in no uncertain terms that if she ever threatens your career you will slap her with a court summons faster than she can flush...
  10. bobos

    bobos LE

    Wot does the union say, assuming you have a union. I am a member of Unison and they have been unbelieveably helpful
  11. b_flat

    b_flat Old-Salt

    Thanks, Goku,

    I did consider it, but I suspect it would make life even more difficult. After all, she has demonstrated that she can hold a grudge for 3 generations! 8O

    Due to my occupation I have no chance of transferring to another department either.

    And HR are French :cry: So I don't expect much sympathy.

    As I haven't applied for a new job since joining the TA, does anyone have any views on how this fact should be introduced to a potential new employer, (And what the likely outcome would be up against the equivalent but non TA applicant?).

    Best Regards,


    (Sorry if this is hi-jacking a thread, please let me know and I'll start a new one)
  12. bobos

    bobos LE

    This is the problem in todays society. if you declare your TA interest at an interview, you have less chance, but if you show your skills, theoretically it should demonstrate your fine upstanding self as a true brit.
    I spoke to a very good recruitment consultant who said to put the skills on, but dont mention you are still serving unless asked.
  13. Green_Homer

    Green_Homer War Hero

    I heard that we have to tell our prospective employers before we apply, however they apparently legally they cannot turn you down because of membership but of course they can find some other technicality :( probably wrong though
  14. msr

    msr LE


    I was of the understanding that legally they can turn you down - that's the problem.

  15. Green_Homer

    Green_Homer War Hero


    Is that purely for being in the TA, or along the lines of potential mobilisation risks and that the employer can claim that they will suffer hardship?

    Only ask as I am about to join the post grad market as well as taking significant steps to further my TA career.