Soldiers complain about lenght of tours...

chrisg46

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#1
WDP article

According to the above, soldiers have sent an email to a local paper, incensed that they have to do 6 month tours... eh :? I thought this was usual? I have heard of some units and individuals doing short tours, but as a rule, all army units deploy for 6 months, and have done so for quite some time.
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#2
Don't mention anything. Some here will class you as a wannabe hard man if you mention there is nothing wrong with 6 month tours.

Which there isn't.

some soldiers such as the ones who emailed the local rag will whinge about anything and everything.
 
#3
Six months tours are fine, the time between tours is Scandalous
 
#4
They should think themselves lucky they are not yanks with 12-15 month tours.
 
#5
think were going to do it civi and do two on two off from january.

6 months is just fine, sure the yanks go away for a year, dont know if its all one tour though, i worked with some in bosnia who were heading somwhere else after that tour.
 
#6
Fallschirmjager said:
Don't mention anything. Some here will class you as a wannabe hard man if you mention there is nothing wrong with 6 month tours.

Which there isn't.

some soldiers such as the ones who emailed the local rag will whinge about anything and everything.
Im p*ssed off they stopped doing the £1000 bounty for 280 days away and £1000 for extra 85 days in two years but most of the lads enjoy the LSSA and Op tax allowance. £13 plus a day extra for going away isnt a bad start even though Im not going with you falls, can we split your tax allowance mate :wink:
 
#7
When do the junior ranks ever use words like general consensus, new blood, leaving in their droves?

This quote "The Royal Artillery have been sent out to Iraq and Afghanistan six times" Don't the soldiers know they name of their regiment?

Methinks the journalist may have used his journalistic license here
 
#10
To be honest with the amount of pre-tour training that has to be accomplished these days it would be absurd to do 3 month tours. This would mean on average you'd spend 3 months a year on operational pre-training then 3 months away on ops. 6 months out of every year! That's worse than the current trend of around 9 months every 2 to 2.5 years.
 
#11
Fallschirmjager said:
To be honest with the amount of pre-tour training that has to be accomplished these days it would be absurd to do 3 month tours. This would mean on average you'd spend 3 months a year on operational pre-training then 3 months away on ops. 6 months out of every year! That's worse than the current trend of around 9 months every 2 to 2.5 years.
Just out of intrest how much extra training do the paras do before going deploying to Afghanistan. I ask because the booties on op Telic 5 told us (and I'm well aware they could be lying bastards) That they had very little extra training as its their normal job to be warry hard men (There where a few birds around when they where telling us this)
My regiment (RLC) probably did more training than SAS/SBS/Paras/Marines combined
 
#14
Looks like its the airfix modellers (UAV) club who were complaining. Seeing as they're an army asset they should expect their tour cycle to come around quicker than other units.

Saying that, they're probably extremely aware of how often they'll be sent to either Iraq or Afghanistan and are expressing their God given right as a soldier to whinge.
 
#15
Soldiers complaining? Whatever next?
 
#16
Perhaps the same whinging b*stards would like to see the oath amended?

"I swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors and that I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty, her heirs and successors in person, crown and dignity against all enemies but only in wars lasting less than 6 months, or I ain't going, and will observe and obey all orders of Her Majesty, her heirs and successors and of the generals and officers set over me."
(Not sure if wording is correct - but you get the idea!)
 
#17
Just how long do you think a tour should be, it can take a few weeks to get acclimatised and get to know the feel of the land. If the tour is any shorter of six months i can't see the point of deploying at all. Every one might as well stay at home in their barracks.
It was not all that long ago that a tour was three years
 
#20
moving-target-survivor said:
Semi-bone question: In the old'n days, when I got out after T4 :D , we were all doing six month tours anyway

why are these guys moaning now?

Has the r&r and/or the optag phases changed?
Still the same from the cold war really, saying that since Herrick last year theres a few more financial incentives out there, IMHO things with equipment, facilities, welfare and financially are improving and has people have already stated we signed on the line so knew to expect tour lenghts. I heard of a few REME lads who are on their 5th tour of Iraqistan in 6 years due to postings and wanting to go. Sh*t happens.
 

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