Um, is it me?
I knew about the revision to the Army Jobs web site - indeed, I knew about the forthcoming change to the logo. I wasn't aware however, that it would be in the public domain quite so soon, nor that it would be launched with so little fanfare.
Furthermore, I have now sat and looked at it (sad I know) and it strikes me that although it sits there in the top right hand corner - looking for all the world somewhat innocent and polished - it might represent one of the most significant changes in military policy and the history of the TA within the last 100 years.
An event that happened right under our noses, and one that we had no influence over. One that could be a turning point, irreversible, and perhaps self destructive.
Just stop for a moment and think about it. What does the new logo say?
Is it just the next natural step in the process of the TA and the Regulars becoming better integrated? Perhaps it's just a natty bit of marketing and actually, the real substance doesn't match the promise? Maybe it's just a an internal thing and only the military will understand it and it's no great shakes. But maybe, just maybe, is it (in the notable absence of the admittedly horrible and old fashioned green and yellow logo) indicative of something far more sinister, meaningful, and fundamental?
The more I think about it, the more I am of the opinion that it is the latter.
No more will there be a clear distinction between Territorial and Regular.
No more will the broad and 'volunteer' ethos of the self perpetuating TA (as was) exist.
What real power will the hierarchy of the TA now be able to exert?
Who's now running the TA?
What is the TA? - does it exist anymore? (I'm beginning to think not)
What is 'spare time' (as quoted all over the web site) - could a Regular join the TA in his 'spare' time?
If we're all part of the same Army - where is the parity of terms and conditions on a pro rata basis?
Can this leap into a fully joined up effort be sustained? - is it just because of current world events and can it ever be reversed?
Is it really joined up?
Is it me?
thoughts on a postcard ......