Managing The Burden Of Paperwork As A Reservist

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Travelgall

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I forgot to pick up your point about CFT. It's only right that all fitness tests are equal to the regular army. We as reservists cannot have our cake and eat it (no pun intended), if we want the respect and benefits of regular army service then we have to be at a standard to justify it. And before anyone mentions that we are part time and don't get time off for PT. DEAL WITH IT, NO ONE FORCES US TO TAKE A WAGE FROM OLD LIZ. WE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS.

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That would be a valid point if the regulars were too. But right now senior head sheds in the regular army currently have a sad on about the full time boys chinning off all their MATTs - especially PT - which many have been doing for the last umpteen years btw. Seems they're too busy working as well to fit in their Jogettes and all those wonderful LOAC powerpoint slides. Oh and they'll have to fit even more in with MATT 9 finally getting enough instructors fed through for the Battalions to actually run that MATT. If anything the reserves are better at running MATT's weekends than the regulars, it's just that because of a much shorter amount of training time they have become the main raison d'etre of unmobilised reserves.

Oh and re my 4p worth on MPAR/SJAR box ticking. Get the subject to write the SJAR themselves, and set achievements that they have already passed or are likely to pass bar some unfortunate incident involving them being hit by a bus. Then they have a blinding MPAR, the officer looks like he's a leader of men and the pointless box is ticked.
 
I agree that reservists are often a lot more swept up than Regulars when in comes to MATTS, the bounty qualification has developed this culture.

Let's not except ourselves from the "paper passing" issue too. If you read forums on here you'll see it's an issue for Reservists too.

Personally I hate you suggestion re MPARS/SJARS. It is a deliberate art form and takes skill and practise to get it right. Getting troops to write their own is lazy (although ironically reformatting may take longer than writing it yourself). I agree about the Objective's I always write them retrospectively.

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mso

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Oh and re my 4p worth on MPAR/SJAR box ticking. Get the subject to write the SJAR themselves, and set achievements that they have already passed or are likely to pass bar some unfortunate incident involving them being hit by a bus. Then they have a blinding MPAR, the officer looks like he's a leader of men and the pointless box is ticked.

I do hope you are joking here. This is a massive abdication of responsibility. Setting objectives for the AR is not hard: do you want the person to attend camp ADX or do a course? Is there any thing else they would like to do (time permitting)? Remind them of their responsibilities with supporting Op Fortify, throw in a couple of things they do that you would like to see them carry on with, something they can do which will help with their promotion prospects, or some sort of phys targets to beat and it's pretty much job jobbed.

The MPAR template is printable from the JSP and if you have a folder full of the attached completed with examples, the SJAR pretty much writes itself.

Oh, and if you want the LOAC presentation as a ppt, rather than as a pdf, I'll grab it off a friend of mine and send it to you.
 

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Travelgall

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I do hope you are joking here. This is a massive abdication of responsibility.
Oh, and if you want the LOAC presentation as a ppt, rather than as a pdf, I'll grab it off a friend of mine and send it to you.

Nope deadly serious, I wrote my own last 3 SJAR's and gifted the poor buggers jiffed for this box ticking exercise a handy Cut and Paste word doc for the MPAR's. Made sure I checked the spelling, put two spaces after a full stop and everything.

Thanks for the LOAC offer. But I will never have to do that one.
 
This issue is twofold:

Firstly, there is absolutely no mandatory training on HR process for those outside of AGC (SPS) with only your seniors to advise (assuming they know what the f##k they are doing) and a JSP. This is a hugely failing JOs and needs to be rectified.

Secondly, it's personal responsibility that drives people to do these properly and not chin them off. It seems far too easy for 1ROs and even 2ROs to shirk their duty. This is a command failing and often due to my first point.

Ultimately, and yes, I have read the JSP cover to cover. The subject has an equal responsibility to manage their own reporting. In reality it's difficult for young lads to put pressure on their CoC but the Army's cop out covers the CoC's arse most of the time.

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mso

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This issue is twofold:

Firstly, there is absolutely no mandatory training on HR process for those outside of AGC (SPS) with only your seniors to advise (assuming they know what the f##k they are doing) and a JSP. This is a hugely failing JOs and needs to be rectified.

Your PSAO / RCMO should be a) delivering training, b) being the POC for any questions you may have and c) keeping a watching brief over the process at sub-unit level.

Anything less is just idleness.
 
Your PSAO / RCMO should be a) delivering training, b) being the POC for any questions you may have and c) keeping a watching brief over the process at sub-unit level.

Anything less is just idleness.

Assuming that they both care enough to be diligent and have the knowledge.

I've taken on the responsibility at my unit as noone seems to have a clue



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grunt34

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I agree that reservists are often a lot more swept up than Regulars when in comes to MATTS, the bounty qualification has developed this culture.

Sorry but I disagree - or maybe it's just the Units I spent the last 6 years in. This alternated between being held permanently on VHR, and serving in a specialised combat Unit deploying well inside Harmony guidelines. As a result, MATTs were very much a priority and we had numerous opportunities to get them in.

I can understand that the TA/AR may have an extra financial incentive to do them; however the routine round of Shittagrams that would spin up every Jan when LCpl X had to complete MATT Y before April...these tend to concentrate the mind quite wonderfully to make sure everyone was green well in advance.

And yes, I agree with the earlier point that fitness tests for the TA/AR should be to the same standard as the Regular Army; I can't see how anyone can defend it being otherwise. I was TA Inf from 1988-1995 and we met the same standard as the Regulars then, so why has it fallen out of practice? CFT - 8 miles, 25kg, including Pl weapons (GPMG and, for a while, Charlie G too). In my last but one Unit some of the females had to pass an Infantry standard CFT before they could deploy. If they can do it, why can't blokes in the TA?
 
Probably just the units I spent time in too! I can never remember completing all my MATTS in any year.

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