TA/Army Reserve ORBAT and future basing

#7
And don't believe everything you read. We were discussing it off line when the message came down from Puzzle Palace to say that it had changed already, that was less than 24hrs after the document was released!
 
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bokkatankie

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#8
And don't believe everything you read. We were discussing it off line when the message came down from Puzzle Palace to say that it had changed already, that was less than 24hrs after the document was released!
Odd really the original document did state that it was subject to change and amendment; that being the original document that most of us read 3 days before the OP posted it here!
 
#9
Odd really the original document did state that it was subject to change and amendment; that being the original document that most of us read 3 days before the OP posted it here!
Yay for ungratefulness
 
#12
Ingratitude.
 
#15
Two thoughts from that orbit. Allowing for people on the books but not turning up etc........
1/ why did so many want to do TA now and not then.
2/ The bounty bill must have been massive!
 
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fozzy

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#16
Two thoughts from that orbit. Allowing for people on the books but not turning up etc........
1/ why did so many want to do TA now and not then.
2/ The bounty bill must have been massive!
Most of those formations looked good on paper. After full time National Service, you did time in the TA.
 
#17
Two thoughts from that orbit. Allowing for people on the books but not turning up etc........
1/ why did so many want to do TA now and not then.
2/ The bounty bill must have been massive!
Might have the period of time slightly off.

You finished work on Sat and then went off to TA with the same work mates and bosses (and miss the football!!!)

The selling point for camps was a free holiday - most were on the coast. [It wasn't unknown for family to go on holiday to same place]

TA Regimental system worked back then, being in the TA was local including civic links, etc. Probably the links, local parades, functions, etc made units self sustaining.

Probably key though is family/work/TA balance was shifted far more towards family and work.
 
#18
Might have the period of time slightly off.

You finished work on Sat and then went off to TA with the same work mates and bosses (and miss the football!!!)

The selling point for camps was a free holiday - most were on the coast. [It wasn't unknown for family to go on holiday to same place]

TA Regimental system worked back then, being in the TA was local including civic links, etc. Probably the links, local parades, functions, etc made units self sustaining.

Probably key though is family/work/TA balance was shifted far more towards family and work.
And I suspect the options of things to do in your spare time weren't quite so varied in those days. The idea of shopping as a lesiure activity hadn't quite caught on in the 50's. Something to do that was different, free and even got you extra money in pay was bound to be a winner. Throw in the number of Works in the North that had very strong Company groups within their local TA, including managers and membership of your local TA unit was a good idea for a young man eager to do better for himself.
 
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bokkatankie

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#19
And I suspect the options of things to do in your spare time weren't quite so varied in those days. The idea of shopping as a lesiure activity hadn't quite caught on in the 50's. Something to do that was different, free and even got you extra money in pay was bound to be a winner. Throw in the number of Works in the North that had very strong Company groups within their local TA, including managers and membership of your local TA unit was a good idea for a young man eager to do better for himself.
No doubt I will be corrected if I am wrong, but it is my understanding that there was a level of compulsion in those days, officers had to do at least 4 years after NS but not sure about soldiers requirement.
 

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