A couple of HMP guys were on Telic 3 serving with the Military Provost Staff. Both were from different nicks and the policy and support were worlds apart. The guy from the north had no problems and good support, but the guy in the south had loads of problems which eventually lead to him resigning and applying for reinstatement after his tour at a different nick. Neither had any problems before or since putting in their 19 day minimum but then again the MPS are very, very flexible on time and dates.
It seems to depend on region to region, nick to nick on how they apply policy.
Dust off me boots, keychain rusty and looking forward to Christmas off, a drunken New Year, then back on the landings!!!!!
Two tours in the last four years, amounting to two years and one month total mobilised service. My nick have been superb, but I think it depends on your Governor and relationship with him or her.
I have received nothing but support from all at my large London local. I also worked with a few HMP staff in Iraq who were mobilised, as well as some working for the Service out there. Also know of one bloke who was out in Afghan at the same time as myself.
The Prison Service no longer has reserved occupation status. In fact it hasn't since 2001.
Be aware though that shift work and a TA career can be difficult to manage. If you are single no problem, but Mrs McKay and the little McKays have different ideas.
I applied for a temporary (6 months) admin job in the prison service and was told I would have to leave the TA at the interview. It took them 3 months to reply to my CV which seemed strange as they were looking for someone to start immediately. They said they would tell me yea or nay within a week. Never heard back from them. Bit of a shower really. I was the first person they had interviewed apparently.
As I was between jobs the TA was my only source of income and it seemed a bit strange to sack it when in 6 months I might be in the same position.
The pay they were offering was a bit poo as well but I was desperate.
Mr Mckay, Nice one glad you are back safe, as well as deployments with the TA, you can also deploy with HMPS, I have done Telic 4 and 5, Palestine and the Stan 2005 and 2006. We have blokes in East Timor and possibly will be be deploying to the new Kosovo EU mission. Most HMPS deployments will only be open to those with military experience so try and stay in the TA if you can.