LIAG, LCICSG and RSigs Technical Officers (PQOs)

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  1. Does anyone know the 'real' amount of time specialists need to put in (I've seen the minimum quoted figures). I'm considering my options but doing 220 miles each way (frequently) seems to be a non starter.

    Also does anyone know the PQO process, I've been told its 2x 2 week courses @ RMAS but its possible to do the first one with the AMS. Are other routes available such as LE?

    Anyone know a rough date when LCICSG will start?

    Also has anyone transfered from a normal Sig Regt to a specialist and how did you find it. I think I might miss the social side, possibly end up spending less time with my family as I understand I'd be moving from an 'enabler' post to a likely to be mobilised post.

    p.s. anyone from my unit reading this, it doesn't mean the gypo is moving again, just I'd be stupid to ignore my options.
     
  2. Polar,

    you collecting TRF's, flashes and cap badges??!!!
     
  3. :lol: :lol: No those days are long behind me, unless we've got to sew regional Bde badges back on, when everything is announced on the 14th (or is that rest of the TA less 2 Bde)

    I reckon in a few years time I'll be wanting to spend more time with the kids, go out a lot more and enjoy the outdoors. Around that time the Mrs should be back in work full time, so I reckon it'd be a good time to slow down my attendance.

    Part of me also thinks I should do a tour but I don't fancy posts that'd be available for TA (in my rank/trade). I'd guess a Technical Officer would be placed in more suitable/interesting appointment.

    I'm not even sure about work, I might be working in the Corsham area for a while
     
  4. 220 miles is f*ck all, my FofS(V) travels from Isle of Man to Duck country, admittedly no on a Tuesday, and the Tp Sgt travels 200 miles on a weekend,.
     



  5. Polar, to answer some of your questions:



    1. The mimimum time is 19 days per annum - 2 weeks camp and 2 weekends but just like normal units people do a lot more and there are more weekends planned and executed then the pure minimum. Incidentally you will still need to do MATT (Level 2) and specialist units also have a bit of a social life as well even though they are 'national' units - as the new term will be!



    2. PQO Courses are 4 weeks in 2 + 2 (both should normally be at RMAS but you are right the CoC is looking at AMS as a possible alternative for the first 2)



    3. LICSG (Land Information Communications System Group) - The 'old' IT Specialists Pool - will be forming up during 2006. An advert for the appointment of a Project Officer (SO2) will be out this month to start the organisation. LICSG will include PQOs and Corps Specialists (ex Reg YofS, FofS, IS Supvr, Tfc Offrs & TOTs etc). Advertisments for applicatiations to join will be posted in the summer and specific types of individuals directly approached



    4. LIAG has a number of individuals who have transferred into it from 'mainstream' TA units (and indeed ex-Regs) both with DE and LE commissions. They have to pass, like everyone else, the LIAG selection (LICSG will have a similar selection process). DE/LE offrs who joined LIAG from other TA units - and not just RSIGNALS, LIAG is open to ALL cap badges - have also returned to 'mainstream units' as well after completeing a tour with LIAG!


    You need to speak to CVHQ RSIGNALS or LIAG about your 'professional' background and whether you skills would be suitable for LIAG/LICSG. In your circumstance you might be better to go for a LE commission (if you are a WO2), get commissioned that way then do the selection and transfer - less time at RMAS as a result!



    Hope that helps. If you want PM me.
     



  6. Polar, to answer some of your questions:



    1. The mimimum time is 19 days per annum - 2 weeks camp and 2 weekends but just like normal units people do a lot more and there are more weekends planned and executed then the pure minimum. Incidentally you will still need to do MATT (Level 2) and specialist units also have a bit of a social life as well even though they are 'national' units - as the new term will be!



    2. PQO Courses are 4 weeks in 2 + 2 (both should normally be at RMAS but you are right the CoC is looking at AMS as a possible alternative for the first 2)



    3. LICSG (Land Information Communications System Group) - The 'old' IT Specialists Pool - will be forming up during 2006. An advert for the appointment of a Project Officer (SO2) will be out this month to start the organisation. LICSG will include PQOs and Corps Specialists (ex Reg YofS, FofS, IS Supvr, Tfc Offrs & TOTs etc). Advertisments for applicatiations to join will be posted in the summer and specific types of individuals directly approached



    4. LIAG has a number of individuals who have transferred into it from 'mainstream' TA units (and indeed ex-Regs) both with DE and LE commissions. They have to pass, like everyone else, the LIAG selection (LICSG will have a similar selection process). DE/LE offrs who joined LIAG from other TA units - and not just RSIGNALS, LIAG is open to ALL cap badges - have also returned to 'mainstream units' as well after completeing a tour with LIAG!


    You need to speak to CVHQ RSIGNALS or LIAG about your 'professional' background and whether you skills would be suitable for LIAG/LICSG. In your circumstance you might be better to go for a LE commission (if you are a WO2), get commissioned that way then do the selection and transfer - less time at RMAS as a result!



    Hope that helps. If you want PM me.
     
  7. For some reason that would be quite appropiate :lol:

    From a PM, mobilisations can be quite variable: a couple of weeks to the normal 10 months.

    Also weekends are normally long (4 days) and the camps could be operational! or abroad

    Bobos, are you in some SF unit, I thought 70 miles too far to travel regularly. Has your FofS(V) thought of transfering to 33 Sigs in Liverpool?
     
  8. Indeed mobilisations can be variable - from 4 days to 12 months but, like all mobilisations, you have to volunteer. The situation between 81 Sig Sqn, LIAG and LICSG is quite different but in most cases each unit is given a specific task with a specific deployment time. Camps may be operational - 81's personnel have been to Nepal and the Falklands to do a specific job but, as camp!



    I can not comment on 4 day weekends but that does not surprise me as many 'specialist' organisations and indeed TA Staff in Reg Bdes as well as 12 Sig Gp and 2 Sig Bde do long weekends and even weekday work when able! That is a difference - but then how many times do you work during the week for TA?
     
  9. Many thanks for your advice in the past.

    I think I need to speak to my OC, I'd really like to stay where I am but I can't ignore LCICSG.
     
  10. LIAG sounds like a go-er. Increasing age and declining interest in an organisation that still trains like the Cold War hasn't ended is pushing in the direction of wanting a few days less (potentially) and a proper job to do.

    Might pop into CVHQ/LIAG next time I'm in Corsham.
     
  11. Please let us know anything useful.
     
  12. bump

    (Due to someone asking me about CVHQ and still want to know when to start making enquiries)
     
  13. The part one of the TA PQO can be done with the AMS at Strensall. Course title is Phase 1 Alpha and there are threads relating to it (search 'Strensall' and 'Phase 1 Alpha' to find these)

    P
     
  14. Why doesn't "Someone" just ring LIAG or CVHQ and ask them. I am sure I PM'ed you about LIAG some time ago
     
  15. Yep you did, I wasn't suitable... (but you or INT QSL did mention I'd stand more chance with the new group)