Is it true that the RLC driver trade is to be no more?

#1
I heard a shocking rumour that the RLC driver trade is to be binned and amalgamated with the soon to be amalgamated Sup Con/Spec trade.

Is this true?
 
#3
I doubt very much this is true! When you look at other trades within the RLC, such as Port Operator, Radio Operator, etc, they are in fact part of the driver trade! Hence their full title for example is Driver/Port Operator, or Driver/Radio Operator!

The trade which will be affected is the Vehicle Specialist Trade. This trade is rumoured to merge with the Driver Trade. Although this wont affect it too much, it just means that trade is admined from that desk in Glasgow.

Of course, it's just what i heard. 8)
 
#4
Also heard that the Rad Ops will have the Dvr part taken away from them and concentrate solely on comms
 
#5
Rumour has it (so it must be 90% true) that the Dvr part is to be removed from all other trades. The Dvr trade to be scrapped by 2007 with all drivers given an option to re-trade ?

Theory is that all other trades can get their own composite number of driving quals and non RLC regt's can do the same.
 
#6
So what happens to the many transport regiments and the manpower required to maintain the fleets?
 
#9
I remember a time when we (the RAOC) used to have drivers as a trade, but it did't stop us all doing a drivers job just to get to work. The majority of us were either HGV2 or 3 back then. If I'm not mistaken the RAOC even had more HGV1 drivers than the RCT aswell.
Drivers, don't need them as a seperate trade, especially those with the Corgi toy on their arm. Give everyone the chance to eat Yorkies, hold up traffic on the motorway and cut up motorist at every chance.
 
#10
GasmaskWilf said:
I remember a time when we (the RAOC) used to have drivers as a trade, but it did't stop us all doing a drivers job just to get to work. The majority of us were either HGV2 or 3 back then. If I'm not mistaken the RAOC even had more HGV1 drivers than the RCT aswell.
Drivers, don't need them as a seperate trade, especially those with the Corgi toy on their arm. Give everyone the chance to eat Yorkies, hold up traffic on the motorway and cut up motorist at every chance.
Yes, but you did not have vast fleets and all of the specilaist equipment which goes with them. I would be shocked if they ever did get rid of the driver trade, especially considering all of the specialist courses which fit into it.
 
#12
Could speedy enlighten us all to the Specialist Courses that go into the driver trade?

And I must agree with viciouscircle,,,,


Best joke i heard all day!
 
#13
Easy, there's the thingy course and the urmmm, ye know, the other thingy I think. Ack, c'mon, ye must know :wink:
 
#14
The Driver Trade is not going to go. Veh Spec prob will as a stand alone trade- it will prob become part of the driver trade. Now ARRSE is a great site and thats why i am here - but if you want to know the truth do something orriginal - write to DRLC himself and ask him the question.
 
#16
country boy said:
The Driver Trade is not going to go. Veh Spec prob will as a stand alone trade- it will prob become part of the driver trade. Now ARRSE is a great site and thats why i am here - but if you want to know the truth do something orriginal - write to DRLC himself and ask him the question.
I did, and he suggested I should post the question on arrse and to stop wasting his time.
 
#17
I seem to remember back in the 90's (early ish) that the Veh Spec trade was to be done away with - cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth etc at Ashchurch et al. What happened (he asks hypothetically)? Give it a couple of years and the powers that be realised that they needed VS's, panic over and some VSs' are still B1 drivers with more letters on their driving licences than I knew existed (apart from the one we had in my unit who had his one and only ever epiletic fit on the last night of his B1 driver course at Leconfield! Not a good thing if you are driving on blue lightsa following a Police escort with blue flashing lights and strobes!). As for binning the driver bit of the trades, why not as all the "technical" bits of driving e.g. big trucks with tanks on are being contracted out to civvy firms and even mundane "technical" jobs like servicing and "A" jobs will in future be done by the civvy firms who will look after the military fleet. At the rend of the day as far as I can make out having driver on your CEG just gives you the chance of being on more than one promotion board e.g. on the Driver/Rad Op and Driver roll (not to mention the "Master Driver" gag MCM Div have been pulling for years). Now I'm going to duck to avoid all the Teddy Bears leaving Trogs prams.................Incoming! :p
 
#18
Any one can get a driving licence - whats 'specialist' about it?

My wife can drive - [not that I let her of course] and I can't see me giving her trade pay in addition to the monthly house keeping.

Mind you she doesn't insist on me feeding her with egg banjo's before I get her to take my load so perhaps she isn't a proper driver after all... :p
 
#20
I drove to work today Check me out!

Not even a spec qual on my UNICOM! That'll be why we retain the trade then!

As for maintaining the fleet, who is it that actually breaks the fleet? :twisted:

As for egg banjos, I'm off to the kitchen. Again. And again. And.......
 

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