I know - my sqn comd in Bos wasn't impressed when I eventually got my first pay statement in theatre which showed him I was being paid more than him (and that was just by the army, I didn't mention I was still being paid by my firm at home......)
this is on top of an e-mail sent out to our company's saying that we are not allowed to sleep in the drill hall.i live in leeds and my drill hall is in scunthorpe(yes,i know),which means a 120 mile round trip everyday,to gain a days pay.after they pay me m.m.r.,who will be better off.i already have over 40 days in and have another course to do in january,so i wll be expecting a letter saying dont bother coming in for a while.
How on earth can the post rebalancing TA function remotely like the Reg Army wants it too when you are limited in this way. By the time you've done camp, remembrance day, and MATTs, you'll only have four weekends for the rest of the year.
seem's to be a recuring theme in the TA. No money left chap's... dont bother coming in
there should never come a point when there are "no MTD's", it's not the fault of training major's/unit's... They provide excellent training (well most of the time ). The budget in the first instance is simply inadequate for the needs of the TA in the current operational environment. The problem lies in the hands of accountants in whitehall...and us mere mortals can do nothing to sort out the little scrotes.
it wont matter anyway...when JPA comes in TA wages will be a thing of the past...
This has been an "issue " for years. The answer is to train away, ignoring the "MTD Shortfall" because sometime in Feb Bde will look at the position across the board, discover that some dug-away Medic or REME unit has a heap left and redistribute them. Whats the worst that can happen ? CO on the Bde Comds carpet ? Unlikely. Imagine the front page of the paper " Senior Officer Disciplined for training troops too well"
I used to work in above mentioned bean counter office. Come March it's all spend spend spend even though we've spent the whole year trying to ensure we stick to a ridiculously low set budget.
Basically you have to lie right from the start about your requirements or you'll never get anywhere near what you need.
Personally I dont think things like mil pay should be budgeted, I mean who can accurately predict when wars are going to happen and how many more soldiers were going to need to recruit to make up for the 1000's we made redundant years ago and hired us civvies to do the jobs.
Maybe they'll start sending the civvies to war too? Thank God things is Lebanon have calmed down a bit, if we were going in on a third front we'd basically be down to 20 mtd's i reckon, and that includes MATTS!
In fairness some people don't seem to even manage one weekend a month, the ones who do are seen as the backbone of the troop/sqn/regt and as such are usually the recruiters or the snco's. Then just to buck the trend there are the students who come in to get fed on a weekend and the guys who are just army barmy. I myself can only manage one weekend a month becuase on the other weekends I'm either at my civvy job or sleeping off a week of nights. I make up the time by coming into the TAC during the week to do the maintenance that I cannot get the rest of my crew to do .
Don't "they" redistribute" the MTD's from the un-attenders from your own regt first ?
believe it or not NO unit is limited to less than 90 days which can be authorised by the CO/2IC/Trg Maj. If you need more the application goes to the Bde and if its more than 117 then the request has to go to LAND.
Now if a TA soldier/Officer is a regular attender and assists the unit in other ways and I'm not talking about the seniors that hide in the mess on a drill night or the WO's and Offr's that hide in the QM's department on a Trg weekend !!!!!!!!
I m talking about the ones that actually help to maintain the functionality of a unit well the MTD's are there for them and always will be.
One of my lads has already done 80 MTD including a Med hat trip and has been warned by the PSAO that he might have problems in the very near future. The PSI has made it clear to me that there could very well be problems with MTD's next year. We're clearing out deadwood to try and free MTD's for lads who turn up. The CSM, PC and various other older seniors have been chatting about the complete f**K up that has occurred in the past with lads being made to turn up and work all weekend but only get paid for 1 (ONE) day. As they commented, attendance fell through the floor and downwards, with lads even turning up in their own cars and disappearing Saturday night.