That's the only one I've seen, the TA Specialist slop-jockey who leaves his top cheffing job at the Happy Eater on the A49 to go and poison soldiers for 19 days a year with a bit of gliding and back-slapping thrown in.
Anyone heard the radio advert? "One weekend in four at regular army rates of pay" My missus kicked the S**T out of me the first time she heard that one! Might be because I'd just done 5 weekends in 6. Not optional be there or be in the poo! In addition as far as I remember we are not quite on full regular rates of pay... Not that i'm moaning if I was doing it for the dosh i'd have started burger flipping in my spare time. Oh and see if they start mentioning the bounty payment i'll really be in the poo!
Work had a laugh at that one, plus you missed the 17 days a year training. They thought it was typical 'Labour Spin' as they missed of 6 months op tour in every 3 years. The public isn't stupid and they know what joining the TA means these days.
Maybe they are concentrating on the support arms cause the publicity the TA is getting has been beneficial to combat arms but not so the support arms.
Or has someone realised the support arms Temping Agencies will soon be empty. I think my corps will run out of trade groups early next year (especially Cpls/Sgts), these trades were hit hard during the early Telics and will be needed again for ARRC deployment.
Good point polar, Looks like they don't tend to run short of my rank so i've not had the brown envelope (yet), hope it comes soon im gagging to go somewhere warm. My lot have been quite lucky in that we only had a few folk go however, as you say the pool is getting shallow just now so stand by is what i've been telling my guys and girls. Can see lots of employer appeals from my neck of the woods.