I wonder what war's he's having nightmares about...Ben Wallace says US withdrawal from international leadership under Donald Trump ‘keeps me awake at night’www.theguardian.com
If this is remotely true, I hope it heralds a massive investment in J4 - because that's what the US has down pat. I fear it's going to be a Infantry preservation exercise.
Either way, shots fired for SDSR 20.
I'd agree, as following the withdrawal from East of Suez there was no real need for a decent replacement for Saracen/Saladin.Banner was only part of the reason, the way the British Army was set up to fight in armoured battle groups meant that you needed Infantry to work with the tanks, the ratio was almost 1 apc’s per Tank and the arms plot meant rotating bns regularly so everyone got a chance to experience armoured warfare!
Banner was a huge drain upon manpower which without short tours from BAOR etc wouldn’t have been manageable
One could argue that withdrawal from East of Suez meant that we were fighting many wars with no US help!
Please go to the QM and hand your balls back inWe could also opt to be like Ireland in the foreseeable future...
Less war means less tax payers funds wasted, less blood spilled, doesn't further antagonise p*ssed off countries with UK foreign policies they don't already like and it will also please the gen-pop whom are scratching their heads about Trumps erratic daily decision making.
I suspect that was not what @instinct meant, but issues include:But, but, but... you have recent publicity of RAS between aircraft carriers & other ships, F-35s taking off etc etc
Are you saying this was all just SDSR positioning, a PR sham enhanced to try and sell more capability than can be manned?
NSS - you don't do nuance very well?I suspect that was not what @instinct meant, but issues include:
Manpower - the RN does not have enough SQEP personnel in front line posts, and taking them from support posts means that there is a shortage of SQEP there, which means there is a problem with things like procurement, training, and supporting front line units. Perhaps we the RN had got those extra 1500 personnel as part of SDSR 15.
The RFA also has manpower issues.
Deskilling and Outsourcing - everything seems to be outsourced these days. Apart from a lack of shore jobs for personnel fed up of being at sea all the time, it means there is a lack of personnel who can be deployed in an emergency (think of the manpower needed for naval parties aboard STUFT in 1982), and some things that ships could do themselves now have to been done by a contractor.
The decline in the merchant fleet - although chartering vessels is preferred these days, a real crisis may been taking them up from trade. Only British registered vessels could be used.
Perhaps I should have used a few more words in my original post. No one should be underfunded more or less than anyone else. Big Army or not, it must be balanced. There's no point having the world's best G4 if there is no one to issue the beans and bullets to.At the expense of critically underfunded areas of the Army yes, particularly as spending on the Inf at the expense of i.e. Armour saves the Treasury a fortune.
Army on the cheap.
Thanks for explaining and I agree.Perhaps I should have used a few more words in my original post. No one should be underfunded more or less than anyone else. Big Army or not, it must be balanced. There's no point having the world's best G4 if there is no one to issue the beans and bullets to.
I could add that Armour saves more than just the 'Treasury a fortune', they also save the infantry, underfunded or not.
AIUI moving CSS units in to the AR had more to do with maintaining OF4 opportunities for those who weren't WTE types. Isn't there a REME Bde structure now?Thanks for explaining and I agree.
With my REME background (Reg, TA, FTRS & NRPS) from a REME perspective I'd bin the REME AR element and take those posts into the Regulars and support regular units a lot more closely. Currently, and for a long time, the AR is little more than a convienient place to store unused Green Fleet instead of in CHE and REME AR get nothing like the hands on that they used to and are mainly held at Bn level. I'm aware MoD occasionally rotate some of the Green Fleet, BFA's certainly as my last unit can testify, but if WFM was being done correctly they'd be rotating Green Fleet a heck of a lot more.
Jobs for the boys is a long standing, and somewhat justified REME whinge, it's why REME formed Bns afterall. As for Bde structure, as an NRPS WO I was supported by a succession of excellent Reg SO2 ES and WO2 ES at 51 Bde, attending their conferences regularly. They also provided Lifting Tackle trg annually via the ECIT. After I left my unit changed Bde a number of times and I'm not sure who my old civvy fitter (my eventual replacement AQMS having his job written out by the unit) contacts for support as despite being in Scotland I believe his Div and Bde are in BFG Real joined up thinking thereAIUI moving CSS units in to the AR had more to do with maintaining OF4 opportunities for those who weren't WTE types. Isn't there a REME Bde structure now?
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