I don't know, it might add a bit more weight to a dull meeting at work if you turn up with a GPMG!
I'd actually be interested in seeing a breakdown of those stats. Anecdotally, my own experience doesn't gel with what you've posted. Half of my cadre at RTMC for Telic 7 were Reg Reservists and the cadre before ours was entirely Reg Reserves.COS1SigBde said:What! you mean the disconnected mass of ex Army (ask yourself why they left) refugees who, incidentally, the MOD can't find after about 2 years due to address changes and the perils of civvy life?RP578 said:The Regular Reserve?Wingletang said:Um,.... which other reserve is there for us to be chosen against??? If there's only one reserve (there IS only one) then it's not surprising we're the 'first choice'Baz44 said:- we are now the reserve of first choice through our own hard work - and the Army cannot operate without us (yes that does bring inherant issues I do not disagree)
Not a hope. Look at the stats for mobilisations over the last few years - predominantly TA. That is of course the reason why the TA is 'first choice' cos the Regular reserve isn't delivering.
In mixed dress? part civilian uniform and part 95 .... To reinforce we are not regular army side of thingsGuybrushThreepwood said:Even if we just had a parade through the town it would be worth it just to say we are TA, we are here in this town and ultimately we are serving you.
The reason uniform is not worn in public is because every pissed twat and his dog who fancies himself will have ago, and if you get a kicking it will most likely go unreported, however give aforementioned twat what he deserves and it will be in the local rag as a "Racist incident" or "army brutality"bumpkin1 said:I will never understand why everyone (regulars and TA alike) are so against being seen in uniform..? It is almost as if people are ashamed of serving their country these days which I think is half of the recruiting crisis.
We should wear uniform as much as possible like they did in the good ol days! Why are people so frightened of a bunch of hippy anti war protesters? People might actually realise that soldiers are human and that the TA don't still wear tin hats and are soldiers, be it part time.
The centenary is very important, and done right could be just the sort of thing to raise the profile of the TA out of the Dads Army/preston Front/Office hole that is in with most of the public.
On another note with this whole thing about not wearing uniform in case a muslim sees you and gets ideas about blowing you up, I could see it having the opposite effect. More uniforms on the streets has to be good for security, like bobbies on the beat...
I was going to say that that's not quite the point, but I suppose in a round about way it is. The memorials you mention are to commemorate The Fallen and in conflicts past TA soldiers fought as TA soldiers, so you'll find local memorials dedicated to TA units. Nowadays, we train as TA but fight as Regulars - hence the comment about being seen as a training regiment.polar said:We did monuments to ourselves in WW1/WW2 but I doubt most of us know about them. We should remember them not usputteesinmyhands said:No doubt, a few years after the event, someone will say "Why isn't there a monument of some sort to recognise the TA Centenary?"
So a celebratory cavalcade in whatever non VOR vehicles are left at each TAC, to converge on Chilwell, lead by a TA-crewed, sandy-coloured snatch (which is to break down on the motorway, be fixed by a couple of guys whose day jobs are mechanics) and finally have to be towed in through the front gates? Then a curry lunch.putteesinmyhands said:It doesn't matter what ideas come up, none of them will reflect the TA. Forming up on parade doesn't represent us - it's not what we do.
For not the same reasons, I'd like to see that happen.msr said:to converge on Chilwell
The salute to be taken in front of Tescos
Hardly surprising as the "rather larger 'TAC'" is a Regular Army barracks and MQ that also houses RTMC. Discounting mobilised reserves, the TA component comprises 20% of the paper strength for one or two weekends per year!polar said:Also find it rather funny that the TAC opposite TESCO's does more for TA recruitment (excellent display - harriers etc), than the rather larger 'TAC' down the road.
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