Force Protection Tours?

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  1. Do these exist anymore? Or are the tours open to TA infantry just front line "reg replacement/fill the gaps" tours?

  2. Seems to be IRs to the Reg battalions these days. 7 Rifles have been trawling to supply 2 & 4 Rifles on Herrick 15 and are just having a last minute trawl for Herrick 12. Don't know if this is just a Rifles thing due having 5 reg battalions we're pretty much always guaranteed to have one about to go on tour.

    I think the same is true for the Paras. Interesting to know if the Regts are in the same boat.
  3. Our (Inf) lot's last tour was as a formed Coy tasked direct by Brigade. Next one will be as IRs to a Reg Bn.
  4. No more FP jobs for us either....Thank F@ck :)

    All tours are now in support of our 5 Regular Battalions.....not a bad thing
  5. FP is still going on, but it is unlikely that there will be any further formed unit tours. As has been suggested, future tours will be IRs to regular units.
  6. that's what rockapes are for! :D
  7. Same for 6th rifles just be warned off for supply a large number of IRs for 1 rifles next year the rock apes r doing the stagging o at bastion now :D
  8. msr

    msr LE

    Got to love the Short Range Desert Group :)

  9. FP? Who thinks they are going to stag on?
  10. Force protection now handed over to RAF reggy its their job after all frees up infantry for other stuff.
  11. :D :D :D
  12. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    So after years of chat about how formed units are essential for the TA Inf, and 4 Para's route of IRs to regular Bns was not good because the blokes do not deploy with all of their mates around them....suddenly everyone agrees that FP is pump!
  13. It may be 'pump' and it won't win the war - but it can lose you the war in an afternoon (or any other time come to think of it) if you get it wrong..................
  14. Er, who ever said that? 'TA tours' were always regarded as 2nd XI amongst Infantry lads.
  15. Yeah, but it doesn't take trained Infantrymen (i.e. blokes trained to close with and kill the enemy) to do it. Getting Inf lads to stag on instead of sending them to the FOBs and PBs was just a waste of resources.