IS MORALE HIGH?

#1
Whenever questioned our Commandrers use words like " Morale is high / the boys are in fine spirit". Hearing that always make me wince when a know that morale is not really high nor are spirits high.

So on balance do you feel that your morale is high? Answer the poll.
 
#2
The Guardian don't seem to think so

US troops continue to kill and be killed, but like the far smaller British forces spend as much time defending themselves as fighting or helping Iraqis. British army morale has plummeted amid resentment of a culture of dependency by the Iraqi police and security forces.

msr
 
#3
The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
#6
My morale was very high until I got a letter from the pollsters apologising for breaching my PERSEC by putting my full title on the envelope. Cnuts! Everyone who I know that are still in, who are Col/Brigadier rank, are deeply hacked off and spend a lot of after-dinner chatting discussing possible international tirbunals, government support and the cost of legal representation...
 
#8
Its the weekend so MORALE IS HIGH
 
#9
Morale? what the feck is that?
 
#10
Is it feck. I think this is quite apt:
sweatysock said:
MORALE ORDERS


In the event of an outbreak of morale, the following action is to be taken IMMEDIATELY:

By the person discovering the morale

Raise the alarm by shouting: MORALE, MORALE, MORALE.
Attempt to gain assistance ring the nearest morale alarm and make a quick attempt to stamp out the morale (do not expose yourself to the source of the morale).
Ring the ANTI DIVISIONAL MORALE TEAM by dialing 666 on any military phone.
Inform the guardroom who will dispatch the Quick Reaction Morale Force and sound the camp morale outbreak siren.

By the Quick Reaction Morale Force

Report to the guardroom without delay.
Collect anti-morale contingency kit (extra duties roster, brooms, black bags etc).
Send one man to meet the Divisional Anti-Morale Team.

3. By those in the vicinity of the morale

Close all the doors and windows.
Attack the morale with all available resources.
Retire to a safe distance and await the arrival of the Divisional Anti-Morale Team.

4. By the Divisional Anti-Morale Team

Don morale proof anoraks, white socks and brogues.
Locate the source of the morale and contain immediately.
Place all affected personnel on fatigues and dispense extra duties in
blocks of no less than 15.
Reassure all minor cases by having them clean up outside areas for 1
hour.
Do NOT expose yourself for longer than absolutely necessary.

The above action should be sufficient to prevent the outbreak spreading. Extra preventative measures that can be taken could employed are:

Restrict all personnel to barracks.
Introduce a two-can rule in the Sqn/Unit Mess Bars.
Withdraw chips from all meals.
Instigate Ex Pointless [expletive] on a weekly basis.
In severe cases delay mail in and out and place a fault on the Paradigm telephone system.


MORALE IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY
- HELP US TO STAMP IT OUT -
 
#12
Red_Dragon said:
Morale high...hell yes 94 days to civ and counting.
I feel for you.

You'll get out, discover civvy street is a bag of bollocks, then wish for the army again.

I am now retired, previously I was raking in over £50k/year as a freelance IT specialist. Prior to that, I was barely scraping £20k in the army. Yet, I'd trade it all: my large house, my car, my wife/kids, to relive my time in the army.

It's a bug, you don't know you got it until you can't do it no more.
 
#15
Manchester_Rogue said
You'll get out, discover civvy street is a bag of balls, then wish for the army again.

I am now retired, previously I was raking in over £50k/year as a freelance IT specialist. Prior to that, I was barely scraping £20k in the army. Yet, I'd trade it all: my large house, my car, my wife/kids, to relive my time in the army.

It's a bug, you don't know you got it until you can't do it no more.
Too true

WW
 
#16
Morale? Ahhh, yes. That takes me back...

I always used to compare the use of the title 'Unit Morale Officer' with 'Unit Fire Officer'. They seemed to have much the same purpose.
 
#17
Take care Red Dragon, or should I say Ddraig Goch.
Someone else pointed out that 'civvy street' is sh*t and they were right. It has got very much worse in the last ten years.
Remember, the grass is always greener in someone else's field, and dragons do not eat grass!
As for morale - I can remember it - just!
 
#18
Remember it maybe, measure it recently - now thats achallenge. Perhaps if you made attenadnace at visits of senior officers / politicians volunatry then you may have ameasure of morale ( which means in its most base form Confidence in your leadership)
 
#19
Morale is OK.

The younger guys like the repetitive tours, the older ones tend to have a different outlook which comes with age and responsibility.

But sometimes the short notice changes can get you down a bit irrespective of who you are.

As for Civvy Street - it is not the "hell on earth" that a lot of people like to make out when compared with the Army. If that were the case then there would be 55 million people trying to join up.

Nonetheless - morale generally (at least in my small part of the army) is OK. The question really is vested in the personnel responsible for administering duties where morale issues creep in (notwithstanding issues out of their control; pay and allowances, housing etc).

So if you have piss poor unit - then the corrolary is that morale will suffer.

At least that's how I view it.
 

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