Petroleum Op - RLC

Discussion in 'RLC' started by auzzy, Dec 27, 2005.

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  1. hi guys, Can some one plz give me some info on ATR Pirbright and some info on Petroleum Op, for example advantages of better money and/or better promotion, stuff like that.

    Cheers
     
  2. The Pet Op trade isnt what it used to be Auzzy. It has been going through slow changes since the RAOC/RLC amalgamation. The Trogs (ex RCT) are running the show and private contractors are taking the established Op tours. If the Trogs get there way (and they will) the only option left open to RLC Pet Ops is to drive Bulk Fuel Carrying Vehicles around Germany for no apparent reason. Promotion is easy, a pulse and occasional heart beat is optional though. If you get bored, you may be given the opportunity to fill thousands upon thousands of jerricans at the Depot in Bournemouth. If you like getting dirty and dont mind smelling of Dieso twenty four seven, then you are in for a fun time.

    Pirbright is a cake walk. Keep your mouth shut, so what your told and dont eat the boot polish and you will see yourself through it.
     
  3. thnx "DR"
     
  4. Ever thought of being a Postal & Courier Op? Loads of travel and no stinking diesel as the main tool of your trade. Rememver, there's a BFPO in every British Overseas Embassy!
     
  5. Where to start????

    As with all other logistic functions, once a safe threat level has been reached in a conflict zone, the boys n girls in uniform go home ( for leave and to get ready for the next war) and a civvy contractor does the job - food, fuel, transport - what's new?

    The Depot at West Moors, near bournemouth does fill a zillion jerricans a month, but a clever new machine does the dirty smelly work and the civvies operate the machine.

    The reason fuel exercises are pointless in Germany is that you can only "play" with the pitiful volume of fuel that can be used up on the exercise. Which means that unless you have a few dozen Tornados and Chinooks to support, you end up moving the same 4 tankers worth of fuel around. (I speak from experience having had to plan "wet" fuel exercises in germany a couple of times).

    Fuel has be critical to every op since the end of the Cold War and still is in Afghanistan. Find me a JNCO Pet Op who isn't on his second row of medals and I'll ask him/her which depots they've been instructing at :wink: Pet Ops work extremely hard, but also play extremly hard as well, unlike the grey existance of many of the non specialised RLC roles to be found in Abingdon, Aldershot, Gutersloh et al. I have been in both roles a couple of times so I speak from experience. Like other specialist small trades (Pet Op, Tk Tptr, P&M, Pioneer) there is also a cameraderie which has long been lost in the grey driver trade and supply specialist trade.
     
  6. Ok Pipeline I was at Pirbright for a while am only on my first row.
     
  7. I know pet ops who have got an impressive row of medals - however Ive also seen them shafted in the pursuit of them medals - 1 example was a sgt, you know him MSI64, who did Afgan for 7 month then 2 weeks later Telic for 6 month then after a break of only about 3 months the falklands for 6 months then within weeks back to Telic again for 6 months (all with the same sqn - just selected on trawls for qualified manpower). His marriage was tetering on the edge. But the service says we Seniors should not have welfare probs - but what if your trade, or the lack of bodies in it, are the cause?
     
  8. Not quite right on the postings front but thanks for making me look good or SAD depending on which way you look at it.
     
  9. Empire....i think i know who you are on about ref the many tours, but if its the same person he didnt do Falklands...but even so like you said, its the state of the trade when you go to a FSS in Aldershot and you are gauranteed, as a SNCO, at least one Falklands tour + what ever Telic/Herrick is going on. On average a SNCO out of a 36months posting was going to spend 18 of it away on tour.
     
  10. Telic one three and five guys.Had 110 days to myself in two years.
     
  11. Petroleum Operators have always banged in the tours its the way it has always been, I speak from experience. The trade has changed but we will always be needed. I have not served in the FSS yet, but it does seem that they are driver orientated at the moment. There are developments afoot that may see the Pet Ops serving with other helicopter units other than 16 AAB. We will just have to wait and see what develops, if anything, however I might not see the changes as I do not have long to do YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
     
  12. The FSS are only driver orientated as we are a minority in them within a Transport Regt. But you will find that the skills the PetOp can bring to the FSS means the drivers rely on us a great deal. Also the CO of a Tpt Regt which has a FSS tend to see us as "show off Sqn"...after all what would a General rather see? A load of DROPS picking up simmo on a rack or a fully cammed up BFI with rather large american tanker sittin on it? So we are in a way helping his career look good, well it was with 10 Regt in Aldershot.
     
  13. The FSS are only driver orientated as we are a minority in them within a Transport Regt. But you will find that the skills the PetOp can bring to the FSS means the drivers rely on us a great deal. Also the CO of a Tpt Regt which has a FSS tend to see us as "show off Sqn"...after all what would a General rather see? A load of DROPS picking up simmo on a rack or a fully cammed up BFI with rather large american tanker sittin on it? So we are in a way helping his career look good, well it was with 10 Regt in Aldershot.
     
  14. Not hard to make Drivers look good, Have worked in FSS and it always seemed to be the Pet troop who got the SH**E jobs
     
  15. Yes..because most of our drivers werent banned for D&D! And actually had the licences for the trucks the Regt held.
    Regt Ops Officer "need someone to drive a DROPS to Marchwood with HAZMAT to pick up bits of CH2 tanks that were taken out"
    Trog Tp Comdr "i have 2 DROPS drivers but no HAZMAT, 2 HAZMAT holders but no DROPS...tell you what we will put them in together and that will do" !!!!!
    Regt Ops Officer "mmm ill see the Pet Tp, see what they can do"
    Pet Tp Sgt "How many you want Sir,"!

    WE CAN DO YOUR JOB...YOU CANT DO OURS!