So in 1982 I went on pre Belize leave and 2 days later was called back to go to the FI's.I will give one very simple example:
The NAO produced a report in 2006 on Recruitment and Retention (ancient history I know, but a prime example of a refusal to learn/retain lessons of the past and each cohort having to make their mark).
One of the key recommendations was:
Recommendation 5: The Department is constrained in its ability to reduce the operational tempo, which is impacting on personnel, but should look to investigate measures to provide greater stability and certainty of work patterns for personnel between operational deployments. Whilst recognising the limitations in how much workload can be reduced, the Department should look to improve its ability to let serving personnel know their work patterns over a longer time horizon.
My bold, we still don’t routinely do this, Commanders at all levels have 2 years (max) to make their mark, they are going to take every opportunity to do so. Look at events of the last couple of weeks and troops deploying (rightly so in my opinion) on flood relief, how many FOE’s will be amended to take into account the extra commitment? We all know the answer.
Another looming example is VE Day 75, a bank holiday, known about for a significant period of time. How many soldiers who will be working (and it will be significant) have been formally told not to make personal plans for that weekend. How many know that they will be working just over 10 weeks out?
How many Commanders will be kicking back when the orders come down that another bank holiday is a working weekend? (But the troops will love it!). How much will be removed from the programme to compensate?
Soldiers exist to do the Nations bidding, but it also a voluntary profession. One of the biggest gripes is short notice tasking for long known about tasking, as pointed out by the NAO in 2006.
Treating soldiers as human beings and not commodities is completely within the gift of VSO’s, SO’s, O’s, WO’s, SNCO’s and JNCO’!
Who can I sue, or was that part of being a soldier?