Ministry of Defence seeks to maximise Reserves contribution through new review

The specialist contribution military reservists have made across society during Britain’s battle against coronavirus will help inform a review examining how defence can maximise the skills of its Reserve Forces.

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Clearly, the absolute cluster that the MoD has just made of reserves mobilisation for ROTOs 1 and 2 of the COVID Support Force has already become a distant corporate memory.
 
Shouldn't we be actually implementing Reserves 2020 before worrying about 2030?
 
Clearly, the absolute cluster that the MoD has just made of reserves mobilisation for ROTOs 1 and 2 of the COVID Support Force has already become a distant corporate memory.
You gonna spill the beans?
 
You gonna spill the beans?
I have to be careful what I say, but a good friend of mine was warned for mobilisation for ROTO2 from Monday 1st June and was told to travel from his home address to Cornwall on Sunday 31st May. Mid-afternoon Saturday 30th May, he received a very apologetic email from an Army 1* standing him down. The background is the very late axing of a large number of roles, with further roles cut after 1600 hrs on Friday 29th May and with others being moved up to 50 miles from their previously planned locations. ROTO1 saw the employment of ICSC en masse. Unfortunately, that decision was again made very late in the day, with the further unfortunate effect that plenty of reservists had already warned off their employers that they were going to be mobilised c.Monday 6th April.
 
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potter

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ROTO1 saw the employment of ICSC en masse. Unfortunately, that decision was again made very late in the day, with the further unfortunate effect that plenty of reservists had already warned off their employers that they were going to be mobilised c.Monday 6th April.
I think that the correct phrasing here is "...plenty of local, UK Ops and LRF experienced Reservists had already warned off their employers that they were going to be mobilised ...."

[Edited to change MACA to UK Ops]
 
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I think that the correct phrasing here is "...plenty of local, MACA and LRF experienced Reservists had already warned off their employers that they were going to be mobilised ...."
Well, I did say that I had to be careful what I posted. I was, however, wise and didn't say anything to my employer...
 

QRK2

LE
I also don't want to be too specific but in my region the local AR Infantry Bn called up all who indicated availability no matter what their skills/quals and then promptly sent them home again (on pay) and they've done negligible relevant tasks since.
 
I also don't want to be too specific but in my region the local AR Infantry Bn called up all who indicated availability no matter what their skills/quals and then promptly sent them home again (on pay) and they've done negligible relevant tasks since.
That is no their fault though.
 
I also don't want to be too specific but in my region the local AR Infantry Bn called up all who indicated availability no matter what their skills/quals and then promptly sent them home again (on pay) and they've done negligible relevant tasks since.
3PWRR?
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
Interesting to see what the roles will be for Covid, since the Mobile Testing Units are looking to go to a commercial provider, the NIGHTINGALEs are pretty much mothballed, and the myriad of "what if" potential MACAs from March have all faded away. Apart from maybe some continued planning support to Local Authorities, even if there is a second infection wave, the "big ticket" jobs that consume non SQEP manpower have pretty much been covered.
 
The reserves had no business getting involved. If 20,000 regulars weren't enough, 2,000 reservists weren't going to make much difference. But hey, mobilising your Battalion is another OJAR tick in the box.
 
The reserves had no business getting involved. If 20,000 regulars weren't enough, 2,000 reservists weren't going to make much difference. But hey, mobilising your Battalion is another OJAR tick in the box.
Not a decision made by reserves though...

oh, and some reservists are specialists in UK Ops, not many regulars are. I do in-fact believe that some of the pandemic plans may have been written by reservists....
 

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