The Daily Telegraph (registration needed to read anything ) (telegraph.co.uk) quotes 6500 with 2000 being doctors/medics.
Are there enough of us left to meet this requirement ? - bearing in mind that most (if not all) of this number will be various specialised trades rather than BCR.
My gut feel (based on my unit) is that even if everyone who can go does go we'll still fall short of what the establishment would suggest could be provided. The lead time needed to make up for a decade of under-investment in the Army soewhat exceeds to fortnight or so available.
If you ain't invited to the party, it could be for one of several reasons:
a. No-one needs your trade/spec group.
b. They have enough of your trade from other areas.
c. Your name was not in the "definitely up for it" pile, as opposed to the "possibly, but I'm doing my hair today", or the "Sorry, two dependant sprogs and I'm a single parent" piles.
d. You've been forgotten about (strangely enough, it can happen) :'(
Then, of course, as for formed Units, I hear evil rumours that North British Units are more likely to be called, as they are cheaper than southern ones. Anyone else heard this? Sad, but makes sense in these Chancellor-driven times. (Odd that both Inf Pl+ for Kabul come from N of the Wash?)
As to slighted or delighted - this is my last chance, so I'd feel very, very slighted indeed to miss out!
Old Snowy - This is also my last chance (I'm the wrong side of 40). As TA Inf that would put me down the batting order but for the fact the Bde HQ I'm affliated to has a 90%+ chance of going. It all depends if they want to take "known faces" who know the set up with them or back fill with Regulars plucked from elsewhere. I suspect the latter. I might have a better idea later this week.
If any of the powers that be are looking in. I may live in the South, but at the moment I'm one of the cheap ones to mobilise. (Took redundancy last year and my new career does not pay as well as the old one - but I do work from home.)
Formed units indeed, Greenspot!! THe time has come! There will be a huge number of individuals but certainly a small number of sub-units called out as well. BUT don't blame me if the politicians get the wobbles and don't go through with it!!
Well, the numbers for "early days" callout are falling fast (for the Army at any rate) but the first announcement should not be the last. Teeth arms are not required...unless you class those involved in NBC stuff as "teeth"?!
Snowy - perhaps you should post your last "Saw the light at SDR...." on the "TA - What's the Point" thread...since that was my point, in a way, what is the point of TA teeth arm units ? (Not saying, necessarily that there IS no point....)