Gen Nick Carter - a year in post as CGS. Give us a progress update?

Mr_Fingerz

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I think we're getting new shirts. Not sure what else has changed.
And you can ignore the new shirts and wear your ally old ones - the RSM of the Army says so.

But on-topic, I think Carter has a very clear vision of where he wants the Army to go, he just needs to cut out the 1* and OF5 'socialisation' quagmire.
 
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And you can ignore the new shirts and wear your ally old ones - the RSM of the Army says so.

But on-topic, I think Carter has a very clear vision of where he wants the Army to go, he just needs to cut out the 1* and OF5 'socialisation' quagmire.
He'd probably like the Army to go in the direction of Syria if he wants to avoid more cuts to his new trainset ;)
 

Mr_Fingerz

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As an old soldier and well past it - was that other person in the video (not the General) the RSM of the Army

Archie
Yes it was.
 
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And you can ignore the new shirts and wear your ally old ones - the RSM of the Army says so.

But on-topic, I think Carter has a very clear vision of where he wants the Army to go, he just needs to cut out the 1* and OF5 'socialisation' quagmire.
Exactly my reason for being interested. 1 year in post (anniversary tomorrow) , doesn't leave him much time to generate momentum. Nowt much being reported in the press - until and including this morning's headliner. Many peeps on here were optimistic at the beginning of the year. Old cynic that I am, I'm looking for signs of progress to assess whether optimism is justifiably undimmed, or ebbing away as the dance of the shirtsleeves begins again.
 
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All sorts of freudian listening:

"The army has a lavish culture"

Sadly the use of "empowerment" by CGS suggests things may not be going his way.
Sounds like a version of the "integrity" drum that was being beaten for most of the early 90s.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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From my days in C&E when the "empowerment" argument was entered into it meant getting people to make decisions well above their paygrade.

And not supporting them when it went breasts skywards.

I suspect that the Army will do exactly the same.
 
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Exactly my reason for being interested. 1 year in post (anniversary tomorrow) , doesn't leave him much time to generate momentum. Nowt much being reported in the press - until and including this morning's headliner. Many peeps on here were optimistic at the beginning of the year. Old cynic that I am, I'm looking for signs of progress to assess whether optimism is justifiably undimmed, or ebbing away as the dance of the shirtsleeves begins again.
Interesting. I was more interested in identifying my New College bedroom than watching Nick Carter - my boss overheard someone (very senior) at that Sandhurst do saying how good it was to 'see so many of the Army's COs and other WTE personnel in one place', thereby setting in concrete the Army's class structure big stylee. It's a ******* pity nobody had planted a bomb (maybe he should have taken one with him).

The sad thing is that neither he nor Nick C will see the problem of comments like that. It looks to me as though to Nick Carter, the Army is a big version of his rifle company - make a few loud noises about progress, get a good CSM and move on. HQ Army is, as usual, a desperate place full of either thrusters or bed-blockers.

I think it's telling that we at least have a conversation about it though - imagine a discussion like this about Gibbs or Inge?
 

Mr_Fingerz

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Sorry. "WTE"?
 
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Where Talent Endures. It's a formal term for top-15% jobs that get filled by thrusters and are essential if you want to make it to the top.
I prefer 'The Future of our Service' vice 'thrusters'.

Yours,

WTE post incumbent...
 

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