Seen this on the Staff Officers forum and I thought it be good here.pombsen-armchair-warrior said:As I was sitting here, gazing at the pile of dust inexorably gathering on my failed plans, a thought struck me. Do Div/Bde HQ have the right sort of organic sp?
Currently each HQ is supported by a Sig Regt/Sqn. As well as delivering its specialist role of comms, it is also responsible for a whole raft of admin sp, including setting up the HQ and guarding tasks.
At a time when specialists are becoming increasingly more difficult to retain is this an effective use of specialist resource, or could not this admin sp be delivered more effectively by the addition of an RLC Pioneer Sqn/Tp, with a (potentially) compensating reduction in the R Sigs est.
This would allow the OC Sigs to concentrate on his core task of delivering comms, whilst leaving the admin/security to an organisation better placed to deliver the required admin effect, and in addition provide greater flexibility and capability through use of a host of Pioneer artisan skills.
Just a thought.
I understand this idea has been considered but was rejected, Sigs would have had to transfer a number of soldiers to the RLC to offset the burden this would added them.
I've worked in a Bde HQ where the admin/support was done by RLC and it appeared to work very well.