Reborn Regulars, TA all the way?

Regular, TA or Bi-Curious?

  • Ex Reg, now TA

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  • TA all the way.

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  • TA now, will join the Regs one day.

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#1
This post by Alpha Five in the save Chibber thread made me think:

FiveAlpha said:
No, TA is not serving. I'm getting the impression you all have chips on your shoulders. Don't feel bad for not having being a regular soldier. Some's got it, some don't.
What percentage of TA bods are ex Regs, or how many intend to join the Regs after a spell in the TA? Or how many Regs would consider joining the TA?
 
#2
Can't add much to what I said to Chibber. Not sure that I wasn't wasting my time discussing it with him though, he seems to be uninterested in listening to what other, lesser mortals have to say.
 
#3
I would consider joining the TA, all the conditions are right for me.

Niche Trade with HQ close to my home town.
 
#4
I might consider it. My 22 is up next month and I am thinking about it. The only thing putting me off is more tours, and I know that TA members don't have to go on Op tours if they don't want, but I get the feeling that within the TA there is a them and us thing between those terriers that choose to deploy and those that don't. Am I correct in my assumptions? Any serving terriers wish to confirm/deny?
 
#5
The them and us attitude did occur early on but once people began taking a more mature view of things it declined. Some can't mobilise for varying reasons but can still contribute markedly to the Unit.
 
#6
LNR,

I would imagine you have already done your fair share of tours in the last 22 years and as RWAC rightly points out, going on tour is no longer a willy waving exercise.

Your skills and experience would be highly valued by your local unit.

msr
 
#7
From my experience in my old unit and certainly others I came into contact with I would say that the average TA unit has around 15% ex regs (of course many units will have far more depending on their role). One such person was an ex PSI who did his 22 and then joined, currently a Tp Ssgt. Most bring their knowledge and experience which is helpful in guiding the less experienced. I can't say that anyone would be perturbed if they chose not to go on tour, especially as they would have done more than their fair share. However due to an ex regular background with experience and knowledge, rapid promotion is the norm and therefore most would find themselves in a position of responsibility where it would become difficult to say "I think I will sit this one out".
 
#8
I joined the T.A when i was 18 to get a taste of the army see if it was for me. then got a good job in civvi street paying ok money.
Never got round to going reg. But done a tour looking at another one and try to keep fit. There are people in the T.A that are as good as regs and some that are WAY below. its always the way and sadly always will. pie eaters give the T.A a bad name.
 
#9
shots_in said:
pie eaters give the T.A a bad name.
And the regulars keep on accepting them for tours...

msr
 
#10
Once I finish my training if all goes well i'll go on ops and then after that if I still like being in the army i'm going in full time that way I know if I can do that I can do most things. at the moment I love it to bits.
I want to go regs but thought hell I'll go to iraqistan first.
:)
 
#12
loaded_not_ready said:
I might consider it. My 22 is up next month and I am thinking about it. The only thing putting me off is more tours, and I know that TA members don't have to go on Op tours if they don't want, but I get the feeling that within the TA there is a them and us thing between those terriers that choose to deploy and those that don't. Am I correct in my assumptions? Any serving terriers wish to confirm/deny?
As an incentive to get ex-regs in, there are exemptions from going on tour for 3 years IIRC as well as other perks.
 
#14
rebel_with_a_cause said:
Can't add much to what I said to Chibber. Not sure that I wasn't wasting my time discussing it with him though, he seems to be uninterested in listening to what other, lesser mortals have to say.
I'm always happy to listen to lesser mortals like yourself. :D

What was your opinion again? :?


edited to add:
LordVonHarley said:
shots_in said:
pie eaters give the T.A a bad name.
I've seen a fair few Reg's who have been to Ginster Woods and found the pie tree so it's not just a TA thing.
So true, I once saw a regular gunner who's overhang covered his stable belt completely!!!!
 
#15
yer but reg pie eaters dont somehow fail or dont do cft and still get bounty.

but thats off the point. im glad regs come into the t.a after they leave. there worth every penny i for one always listen to them and take it on board.
 
#16
i have'nt been a reg,but have done f.t.r.s.,and done a tour,and also want to do more.there are good and bad in both the regs,and the t.a. i know that some ex regs,do join the t.a.,for good reasons.some miss the uniform,and banter that only a certain kind of person would(wierd lol) utter,and some have been attached to the t.a. whatever the reasons,they have to decide if they have the right kind of unit near them,or what do they want from the t.a. the t.a. is a different animal from the regs,the peeps in the t.a. have a choice as to whether they want to go in,or stay home on a tuesday,or whatever.whereas the regs dont have choices.in the t.a.,we cant ever be as well trained,but as long as we know the basics,and can do them well,we will always be able to integrate,and do the job we're there to do.i get bored with the bo()*cs that people from both sides of the divide splurge. but at the end of the day,we're all in green,and doing a job for uncle gord(bastad),rant over
 
#17
I spent 9 years in the regs ( as a crab I know ) the TA was my way of carrying on doing what I loved even if the regs didn't need me anymore
 
#18
Heywood_Jablowme said:
loaded_not_ready said:
I might consider it. My 22 is up next month and I am thinking about it. The only thing putting me off is more tours, and I know that TA members don't have to go on Op tours if they don't want, but I get the feeling that within the TA there is a them and us thing between those terriers that choose to deploy and those that don't. Am I correct in my assumptions? Any serving terriers wish to confirm/deny?
As an incentive to get ex-regs in, there are exemptions from going on tour for 3 years IIRC as well as other perks.
That us true there are many incentives in coming straight from the regs, as long as you do it within 2 yrs of leaving, if you do take a sabbatical and cross that threshold then you are treated pretty much as though you never served, including getting a new number now.

If you have done tours in the past then you shouldn't receive pressure to tour, tell you the truth, unless you have a speciality, the Regs don't want over the hll rankers but young bucks keen to learn. I have made it clear I have no intention on touring and get no issue from it, I am much more use to the unit in recruiting, recruit training and general soldiering. However this is very much a unit thing and experiences may differ where you go
 
#19
to get back on to the original thread, I was an ex reg who joined up because I felt I couldn't be in a country at war and not serve in some capacity.

Not that long ago I was asked for recruiting ideas, but I was stumped as I have no idea why a civilian would want to join the TA, it never crossed my mind when I was 18, that isn't a swipe at TA only people and I understand how it can happen, many guys I speak to wear there really because something stopped them joining the regs, normally because they did well at school. went to uni/college and started down a career path that was too valuable, ironically the better chance of higher education and aspirations instilled into them has made regular service a much harder career to sell, but has inadvertently provided a rich pool of talent for the TA that probably didn't exist when I joined up


Hang on have i just admitted to being a bit of a thicko?
 
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