Is the TA worthwhile?

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by Chibber, Mar 9, 2008.

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  1. This isn't about the merits of each individual v his/her regular counterparts or the contribution of TA peeps- which has been fantastic. I wonder if there's a better way to provide people to backfill the army on operations.

    E.g. 4 PARA do a gap year where they bring a bloke in, train him for a few months and then deploy him with a regular Bn. No countless years of paying a bounty and MTDs. A far more economical way of delivering the mission statement and they appear to have no problems recruiting people specifically to go on ops (although I gather there are issues with maintaining the para standard).

    Is the 4 PARA gap year model the way to go for the entire TA?

    Has the TA run it's course?
  2. msr

    msr LE

    Well there is a(nother) review of the TA coming our way.

    No doubt this will show us the way.

  3. is that the one where any decisions will not be made public until after the TA100 celebrations!

    and why would that be?
  4. msr

    msr LE

    Could be ;)

  5. Yes...but I have the sneaky feeling that changes are afoot including a name change once TA100 is out the way...or maybe it's me being a cynic! :wink:
  6. msr

    msr LE

    Well a massive reduction in estate is almost certainly heading our way....

  7. More national TA and less regional units!!
    Or are they specialist and independent this week!
  8. As long as they sell off PWOG Grantham I'd be happy!! :D
  9. msr

    msr LE

    Well there's no need for more than one TAC in a major city.

  10. Plz 2 b elaborating Mr MSR habibi.
  11. Manchester has quite a few different TAC's all over the city, I don't see why you shouldn't have more than one TAC in a major city?? I know we share ours in Manchester with another unit I spose that cuts the numbers down but surely major cities are where the majority of recruitment to the TA stems it's best to have a few TAC's? Also is it's easier accessible to travel too.
  12. All good comments.

    The question I was really trying to ask was "Do we need a TA at all now that we can recruit from civvy street, call them up immediately, do a few months PDT followed by an Op tour and discharge?" Far more cost effective than paying the wage bill for the TA, (many of whom will never deploy) and equiping 40,000 people in their specialist roles.

    It's a bit like stepping back in time to the days when we used to raise regiments only in time of war. Far cheaping than having a standing reserve.
  13. msr

    msr LE

    Why have multiple TACs, which requires heating / lighting / repairs / storemen / PSAOs / kit etc when you can have 3 units training in one TAC on different nights and you can sell off some prime real estate for a quick buck?

  14. msr

    msr LE

    Well, some would say that is the way the TA are heading.

    Other would argue that the TA is your insurer of last resort and will be the 're-generators' for a future large scale deliberate intervention (LSDI).

    Perhaps the powers-that-be believe that we will have sufficient warning for the next LSDI that we will be able to requisition the real estate and conscript the recruits that will be needed.

    Given that over 13,000 TA have deployed - that is aprox 1/3 of the TA's strength, the rest being recruits and those leaving, I think you are being a little unfair in your assessment that 'many of whom will never deploy'

  15. How would you see the regular component of the army effected in such a scenario chibber?