Reservists called up for Olympics

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London 2012: Reservists called up to boost security
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Armed forces reservists are being called up to boost security for this summer's London Olympics.

The government said 2,100 personnel would help ensure the Games, which begin in late July, are safe.

Altogether, up to 13,500 military staff will be on duty during the busiest periods of sporting action.

The Ministry of Defence said it would select reservists with "supportive employers" to minimise the impact of their deployment on businesses.

Almost nine million tickets are being sold for Olympic events, with more than 10,000 athletes taking part.
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In December ministers almost doubled the security budget for the Games from £282m to £553m.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond described the Olympics as the "biggest security challenge this country has faced for decades".

Territorial Army and Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Marine reservists are being called up under the terms of the 1996 Reserve Forces Act.

A Ministry of Defence statement said: "Some reservists will provide a range of specialist capabilities and expertise, while the majority will form part of the support to Olympic venue security operations.
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"Defence will continue to apply its policy of intelligent selection, designed to identify, in good time, volunteer reservists with supportive employers with the training, skills and availability in order to minimise the impact of mobilisation upon the individual, their family and employer."

There are currently almost 600 reservists serving in Afghanistan, about 6% of total UK forces in the country.

The government said: "Whilst the Olympics will be a focal event for the nation in 2012, the operation in Afghanistan will remain the main effort for defence. Reservists will continue to be a key contributor to that and other ongoing overseas operations."

The Ministry of Defence said the deployment arranged for the Olympics was "on a similar scale" to that by "other nations at recent Olympic Games".

It added that their presence would help ensure a "safe, secure and enjoyable 2012 Olympics".

The order for their deployment ends on 20 September.
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Brilliant

so what they are really saying is the Olympics will be secured by students on their summer break and blokes who's jobs are menial enough for their employers to let them go on a month long piss up and barbeque.
 
#9
Brilliant

so what they are really saying is the Olympics will be secured by students on their summer break and blokes who's jobs are menial enough for their employers to let them go on a month long piss up and barbeque.
And ex-psi's (if your privvy to same fb convo I read)
 
#10
The Ministry of Defence said it would select reservists with "supportive employers" to minimise the impact of their deployment on businesses.
Hmm...I'm suddenly getting the feeling that my employer will become unsupportive, or at least they will be when I tell them to.

Two months doing litter sweep and stagging on?...yeah thanks, but no thanks. I think I'll do my day job, you know, the one that pays the bills and not the one that's arrse covering for some politician and G4S.
 
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bokkatankie

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I'd imagine the roles are reasonably specific and if you're going to be working it, you'd have heard by now.

I'll be working two weeks of it.
Have you had training on the spike, litter, picking up for the use of? Have you done your MATTS and WHT on the said instrument?
 

Goatman

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Here y'go Country Lad....

http://defenceintranet.diiweb.r.mil...s/BriefingNotes/MOD/9011OperationOlympics.htm

This was banged out in October, signed off by CDS ....

and this short Press brief about 539 Assault Sqn in January....

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Press Centre | Press Releases | 008/2012 - Royal Marines train for Olympic security operation in the heart of London

and this today on the role of Reservists various.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Defence Policy and Business | Reservists to be called up for Olympics duties

I'll see if I can dig out anything more up to date ;-)
 
#15
I know a couple of lads that have been pinged for this, despite not speaking English (They are Scottish you see) and not having supportive employers (one is self employed and cannot really afford not to do his "proper" job, the other one has been told by his boss that he has to take the time out of his holidays!)
 
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Well, I bow and tug my forelock to you sir. I had missed that, although I still won't be putting my name forward. Defintely one for the dole patrol. I wonder though, what will happen when they don't get the numbers of volunteers they need?
 
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I know a couple of lads that have been pinged for this, despite not speaking English (They are Scottish you see) and not having supportive employers (one is self employed and cannot really afford not to do his "proper" job, the other one has been told by his boss that he has to take the time out of his holidays!)

Not 'volunteers' then or 'intelligently selected'?
 
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Am I right in thinking that G4S won the contract to provide all security for the Olympics, and then said that they could not staff it.

If so have they been subjected to penalties and billed for the military to make up the shortfall?
 
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Brilliant

so what they are really saying is the Olympics will be secured by students on their summer break and blokes who's jobs are menial enough for their employers to let them go on a month long piss up and barbeque.
I agree. Why not include the remaining 10% of the TA too?!