RAF reservist exodus

#1
News of widespread discontent amongst reservists being told they'll be doing solely CSS / CBRN with no element of choice. Quite a few looking at the TA. Cant say I blame them.
 
#3
Crikey not all reservists are over 45! Those that are "young" enough wont give up weekends to do the mind numbing stuff PB and are already looking elsewhere
 
#4
Given that all R Aux AF units are not Regiment, this is a bit of a misleading statement isn't it? Can't see the Int & Movs (or the rest) reservists getting re-roled.
 
#5
The role / status thing is a bit of a mosaic. One or two are full regiment, others OSS.
Yes I should have been more specific with the initial thread but there are dramas unfolding at 5 different units that i know of, with different duties.
I think your spot on about the ints and movers, my bad. Its the others!
 
#6
Nor the medics and comms guys.

Surely one of the points of the RAuxAF is to attract those with proffesional civvy quals and retain those with certain knowledges.
 
#7
I believe they are being dealt with as a special case due to the professional qual requirements as you said CF. I know that they have been scouring other units looking for suitable bods.
 
#8
Sometimes a doctor doesnt want to do medical things and is happy enough at their local unit. In any event ive missed out a few here.
 
#9
But the point is there. There is growing resentment with a regular system telling part timers (who have a choice) that the reason they rock up is being removed.
 
#10
But the point is there. There is growing resentment with a regular system telling part timers (who have a choice) that the reason they rock up is being removed.
It's almost like the RAuxAF doesn't exist to provide somewhere fun to go at weekends but to provide a reserve capability required to support the regular force, isn't it?
 
#12
Thank you JBM.

I can almost see the popcorn posts already.

A few points however.

Who would give up their weekends to do something miserable?

Lets face being a reservist is certainly not for the cash.

They all have their own reasons for rocking up. Perhaps fun is in there.

On a serious note I've already mentioned OSS units and alluded to one of their core duties.

We can chase this one around the park all day, for some fulfilling their intense dislike of reservists. But, again the point remains. There will be a skill drain as people leave. And it will be to the TA's benefit.

PM.
 
#13
Any system that requires you to volunteer to turn up and be run ragged or even volunteer to go away for 6 months to be shot at in some dusty place should surely need to be very well paid or have some added value to the individual (eg fun) if you want to retain them and get them in on weekends
 
#14
Any system that requires you to volunteer to turn up and be run ragged or even volunteer to go away for 6 months to be shot at in some dusty place should surely need to be very well paid or have some added value to the individual (eg fun) if you want to retain them and get them in on weekends
Don't the RAF only do 4 month tours?
 
#15
As with the TA, it's all about the offer. A shit offer means shit retention and recruitment. If the subsequent undermanned unit meets your needs then crack on. If however you wish a highly motivated and fully manned unit then maybe, just maybe, an alternative strategy is in order.
 
#16
Any system that requires you to volunteer to turn up and be run ragged or even volunteer to go away for 6 months to be shot at in some dusty place should surely need to be very well paid or have some added value to the individual (eg fun) if you want to retain them and get them in on weekends
The systems exists in order to provide trained reservists to augment the regular forces when required. Having fun is a bonus on top of the reason why you're there - in order to train for the role the MOD requires of you. Whining that nasty regulars are changing your unit into one that isn't as much fun shows a fundamental misunderstanding of why that unit exists.
 
#17
The RAF simply does not require large numbers of reservists; for those who are not medical, intelligence or movements specialists, opportunities are always going to be limited. If CBRN is becoming the new generalist activity then that is surely inline with the RAF Regt taking it on as the Defence SMEs.
 
#19
Bit of a non-story
Fact - to get the bounty, irrespective of rank or qualifications, one MUST pass the RAFFT. That includes those over 55s
Fact - Squadrons do do fizz on Saturday mornings in their unit.
Fact - they also learn to move from point A to point B in a smart military manner, although I do take issue with the half-spacing idea, sort of rather gay !!
Fact - the bounty quals are basically the same as the TA, the 8-miler and MATTS excepted although they get Regiment FDC training.
Having worn both uniforms, I can accept the RAuxAF may not necessarily be as fit as the TA 9RAF regiment excepted) although from years of experience, not that many soldiers are that much fitter. Bear in mind they do a weekday and a lot more weekends, and also have regimental / batallion camps which the RAuxAF don't have
 

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