i am wondering is being a regular CO of a TA battalion/regiment is a career kiss of death? Are there any former regular COs that have gone on to bigger and better things?
I believe a previous one of ours in 4 PARA did - he oversaw the reconstruction and development of the Bn in its new form post summer 1999 and did an excellent job of getting it to a position where numbers and morale were up and the foundations firmly laid for the Bn later being able to supply so many blokes at short notice for Telic 1 and subsequent operations.The-Daddy said:I only ever knew regular COs (Reg & TA) and I only know of the Reg going on to Brigadier and commanding a formation (Multinational).
I know that there are dozens of appointments that need to be filled and a Reg who gets a DSO/OBE for his stint must be seen as the better option for the sexy ones. I have never heard of a CO of a TA unit getting a gong either
Good observation.zovat said:I have only twice known a Regular CO who's career stalled when they took over a TA unit, and in both cases they were very much of the attitude that they must have been given a TA unit because they were not considered good enough - they behaved as such and never made the grade.
There are currently, I believe, 9 x Type A 1* Commands i.e. the 3 Bdes each in 1 and 3 Div, 16 AAB and the 2 Log Bdes (101 and 102) ( I'm not sure whether the Tartan Mafia have managed to up the status of 52 Bde yet but no doubt they will in time).It seems that in the R Sigs it isn't a problem, but as Ned Seagoon says you don't see any in command of fighting brigades/divisions - or am I wrong?