Op Oculus (R.Sigs)

Bearing in mind opsec ya fools.

Well then, has anyone else had CVHQ coming around and doing the hard sell? I'm just wondering how crazy you'd have to be to go and play in Bosnia for 6ish months (plus optag and post leave). Does anyone have current experience of 97 sigs and can recomend for or against it?

Myself I'm considering it as a radop (trade) or IS eng, since that's close to my real world aspirations, and I'm young with relevant degree etc.
Its alot different to Telic & Herrick but still gives you valuable experience. In the summer the weather is stunning - winter can be harsh.
I went on the last one. Got a mate currently out there with 97 and he is having a brilliant time. Build up training was first class - even some of the Regulars said it was the best pre-deployment and Optag training they had ever done in their careers.

If you do Bosnia/Kosovo you get the 3 year exemption from other mobilisation risk.

I am thinking of going again as well having been their once and the fact that they currently seem to be having a brilliant time.
I went in 2004. Did both the COMMCEN, and the DAGGER det. Was ok, some numptys, some good blokes. Stayed in touch with a selected few, since ive been back. Going away does hold youre promotion up, as i was put back for over 2yrs. Worked had for 12-18 months, course after course, to make up time lost, being away. Finaly got up to speed, and got promoted this year.
So the choice is yours.
The decision is yours.
The brief wasn't quite the hard sell I expected, I was half thinking that just by being there I had volunteered myself. Still thinking about it though
Unfortunatley I missed the brief

When is the tour? Summer/Winter?

is it a composite SQN goiing out? or individuals attached to 97sigs?

Any details would be great as im looking for a tour.

PM me.
Check out CHVHQ on Armynet, think there's a few details there: Essentially I believe the plan is the same as last time, forms up in Feb, optag and plenty of pre-tour training and mobilised until Nov/Dec (as long as crab air works you should be home by christmas) with 2 months POTL/Annual leave on the end.

They want pretty much all trades.

The majority of 97 will be reservists, with regs very much in minority - a STAB summer holiday so to speak.
Anyone seen the ORBAT yet? Anyone related to CVHQ know if the vacancies will be published on ArmyNet in the same way as Telic/Herrick and some Oculus are?
The_GreyMan said:
If you think its going to be a party,,,,, DONT GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Strange thou, that party seems to be more popular with TA Sigs than mobilising for Iraq or Stan. Seems to be the main oppurtunity for TA Sigs SNCO's to mobilise and because they are going, they are also drawing a number of JNCO's and OR's. Guess thats true for officers aswell.

Is 34 Sigs Regt the lead unit this time?
I'm not sure who the lead unit is, I heard last year that it was going to be 34.. but there's been no such noise since and if they were it'd probably be posted on here before now.

It would appear that Telic and Herrick are nicely subscribed but the tempo in Bos needs to be maintained, although it is quite a different scenario to Iraq & Afghanistan. 97 being a wholey TA outfit means that there are plenty of slots available from AS/RS Ops through to the mafiosi and Sqn 2IC.

Of course that's just speculation, call/e-mail CHVQ for the full story before booking your holidays.
I was interested to hear at the brief that if you had relevant experience then you could be slotted into a different trade from your main employment, ie IS tech or something, then he said they were after a 2ic and Yos,.................so what do you fancy TA_Sig, 2 i/c do you ?
'kin too right, I'm going for Commander EUFOR.. I know it's not quite in the mandate of 97 Signal Squadron but I'm betting they're flexible.

In reallity I reckon I'll probably factor in somewhere between a discarded offcut of D10 and a G10 table.
TA_sig said:
I heard last year that it was going to be 34.. but there's been no such noise since and if they were it'd probably be posted on here before now.
Yes had it confirmed last night that 34 are the lead unit.

Yes you also have the chance to go as a different trade, this is because the TA doesn't have the trades operations demand.
Balkans - great posting - I loved my time there. Take the chance with both hands.
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