I can see the reasoning, we used to see the posters and know exactly what we needed to bring just from the 'advert' and at waht time (although on my first weekend I tabbed around all weekend with sports and pub gear in my bergan)
We follow a similar format, but with just a bit more detail (time, kit required, dress etc) and post it on the board with a sign up sheet at least 1 month before the exercise date. Does any one sign up? Do they FCUK! We still end up ringing around to try and find out numbers coming in. Amazing how many people seem to have theri phones off on Tuesday night!
PS busy weekend if all of the promised lessons are to be taught and practiced
This has always been an issue since the Ark - how to communicate effectively to our Toms.
In the good old days (out comes lamp) we used to recieve letters in the post to each soldier not the ful instruction but 1 sheet A4 giving all you needed to know. For cost reasons this was stopped. Now we publisk a poster on the notice board, e-mail full letter to Coy & Pl HQ staff and I usually peronally grab every scroat in the corridor at some point and ask them direct - If they know nothing about it, I then ask their Pl HQ why they don't know? - and still there are some who slip through the net.
With the advent of DII we are getting all our soldiers to take ARMYNET ID's/ mail accounts and will hold a e-mail address list at Coy level to mail out this type of stuff once again.
However I still believe face to face discussions with our soldiery by well motivate PL staff is the best sales technique (just need to work on the latter!)
Morale in my platoon is at rock bottom becuase of the headshed. We have a CO going round saying he is going to sack Sgt X for not turning up at the weekend even though Sgt X made it clear that he won't be able to go 8 weeks beforehand (due to family commitments)! We have NCO's that haven't been promoted for nearly a year even though they've done the course (and did well on it), the slots are available and they are generally good blokes.
We have a QM that won't issue the Platoon enough PLCE which means that if all of our regular attenders in the platoon turned up (approx 12) for a weekend we wouldn't all have kit. I know for a fact that it's sat in the RQMS stores he just won't give it to us though. Plt Sgt has indented for it numerous times over the past year. Meanwhile there are companies with kit above their establishment in the unit.
We have an OC who won't listen to his NCO's with regards to the lack of suitable equipment for training. i.e At my location we no longer have any weapons (of any description), compasses or any other military equipment apart from minimal sets of PLCE. Despite several requests for the equipment over the past 6 months nothing has come back to us.
Toms are getting pi**ed off on weekends because the training is too fast paced and they are not able to take it all in (not enough time spent on basic skills and drills IMHO) and all that happens is that they bollocked by everyone from JNCO's to the TM & CO because they are not sure of what they are doing.
I really do feel for the state of my Platoon, Company and the Btn as a whole if things keep carrying on like this. It's got so bad that despite an apparently decent camp this year being set up with some Gucci training that Toms and NCO's would rather do a course, any course, to avoid going and getting fcuked around.
Despite this I am not inclined to seek a transfer and would rather work with people to become part of the solution rather than just wash my hands off it and walk away after nearly ten years.
Suit yourself, but for someone whose sig block bangs on about senses of proportion and common sense, I'd like to see the timings on your coord instructions.
I won't say anything about your sense of humour 'cos that's obviously got a big red flashing light over it at the mo'.
Wouldn't that be a useful pre-requisite to going on the weekend itself?!
I'm interested in how that weekend was planned. Was it a case of you have covered all the subjects previously and this was an 'assessment' of the skills learnt. Or, a series of stands and the blokes selected which ones they did? Or did you really cover all of those subjects in a single weekend? (I'm not trying to be facetious (for a change!), but genuinely interested).
I agree the poster advert is a good idea. We have used these in the past. One that stick's in the mind was advertising a particualr training ex and under transport it had "Shank's Pony", the numer of people who commented (seriously) that they couldn't ride a horse was astonishing!
I'm interested in how that weekend was planned. Was it a case of you have covered all the subjects previously and this was an 'assessment' of the skills learnt. Or, a series of stands and the blokes selected which ones they did? Or did you really cover all of those subjects in a single weekend? (I'm not trying to be facetious (for a change!), but genuinely interested)