TA Centre Permanent Staff Options?

#1
Does each TA unit have permanent staff? What rank are they? What are the roles throughout the week/weekends?

Cheers

Ste
 
#2
Their main role is to ensure that the badminton equipment is used regularly.

Some of them have something to do with booking courses and arranging interesting training, but don't get your hopes up.
 
#3
Im a reg, just been told about the possibility of going to a TA Centre as an instructor, I have never heard of it, and I cannot see it being that active a posting, apart from weekends, and evenings.
 
#4
StevieH said:
Does each TA unit have permanent staff? What rank are they? What are the roles throughout the week/weekends?

Cheers

Ste
Some are not interested in the TA and see it as a cushy couple of years. Others put in a lot of effort to create interesting training and can make a difference. However don't be put off, if you plan the best Trg W/E ever only to find a handful of people turn up.

Good luck
BW
 
#5
I know nothing of how they work in the TAC's so I would be guessing, but they operate like a training wing does at a Reg Unit?
Booking courses and organising training?
 
#6
StevieH said:
I know nothing of how they work in the TAC's so I would be guessing, but they operate like a training wing does at a Reg Unit?
Booking courses and organising training?

Pretty much, have fun wherever you're going. Just bear in mind the TA is a very different kettle of fish. For starters they will question your instructions and demand justification for them!
 
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#7
A good PSI is worth his weight in gold.

You’d be your TA unit’s link to the regular army and responsible for ensuring your units training was up to regular standards.
To put that another way, you’d be responsible for ensuring your TA soldiers are good enough to serve alongside their regular counterparts on ops.
 
#8
Thanks, seems like its as good as I make it. How many Instructors are there on average?
 
#9
StevieH said:
I know nothing of how they work in the TAC's so I would be guessing, but they operate like a training wing does at a Reg Unit?
Booking courses and organising training?
Alittle bit like that it depends on the unit my coy only uses the TA to instruct so that the guys can get experience of that plus it means they have to read up on their subject, which aids their development. But this is led by the OC empowering the Pl Comd to get in amongst the blokes and organise the training usually up to 3 months in advance. Other coys though in Bn are jelous as the PSI and SPSI are dicked to teach

They are alos your link to whats going on in Bn at the higher level and hold many gems of info that you might not normally get from the CoC

Bruce W sums it up quite aptly

Some are not interested in the TA and see it as a cushy couple of years. Others put in a lot of effort to create interesting training and can make a difference. However don't be put off, if you plan the best Trg W/E ever only to find a handful of people turn up.

Good luck
BW
 
#12
Our unit has a number of permanent staff, but most are for running the centre that is the home for quite a few units

The main bods, which is what you are looking at doing, are 2 guys a WO2 SPSI and a Sgt PSI, they work everyday and 2 weekends a month, however they often take days in lieu if working the w/e, bit not always.

As stated its what you make of it, work your nuts off and you will see the benefit on drill nights and w/e, sit on your arrse and all you will see is your belly expanding, Our current pair are golden, well the SPSI is, the PSI hasn't been with us long so jury is out but he seems a good egg. I pop into the TAC during the day quite regularly and they are always working on something, and its not always stuck in an office booking courses or sorting kit, they are often out doing recces of ex areas, ranges and the like.

I'm not a PSI but work with them a lot and the thing I have noticed is you have a hell of a lot more freedom to do things as its essentially the 2 of you, so any training ideas, including adventure training and trips, you have thought would benefit your unit, you can implement, yes the unit is the OCs train-set, but you get a greater say on playtime. If I was still in the regs I would jump at the chance of doing it, also no tours for 2 years in case you're (or the missus is) a bit sick of sand

The only real pain is morons who think you do feck all outside TA time and OCs with a dislike of ARABs
 
#14
wellyhead said:
Our unit has a number of permanent staff, but most are for running the centre that is the home for quite a few units

The main bods, which is what you are looking at doing, are 2 guys a WO2 SPSI and a Sgt PSI, they work everyday and 2 weekends a month, however they often take days in lieu if working the w/e, bit not always.

As stated its what you make of it, work your nuts off and you will see the benefit on drill nights and w/e, sit on your arrse and all you will see is your belly expanding, Our current pair are golden, well the SPSI is, the PSI hasn't been with us long so jury is out but he seems a good egg. I pop into the TAC during the day quite regularly and they are always working on something, and its not always stuck in an office booking courses or sorting kit, they are often out doing recces of ex areas, ranges and the like.

I'm not a PSI but work with them a lot and the thing I have noticed is you have a hell of a lot more freedom to do things as its essentially the 2 of you, so any training ideas, including adventure training and trips, you have thought would benefit your unit, you can implement, yes the unit is the OCs train-set, but you get a greater say on playtime. If I was still in the regs I would jump at the chance of doing it, also no tours for 2 years in case you're (or the missus is) a bit sick of sand

The only real pain is morons who think you do feck all outside TA time and OCs with a dislike of ARABs
Thats about sums up my 2. The only difference is my last PSI ended up on tour with a Pl that went out to AFgan last year and my previous SPSI was on tour with us to Iraq in 2005, and we arent the only unit that have used our permentant staff this way
 
#16
#17
I did 2 tours as PSI, first unit I was on my own, good bunch of lads, good OC, officers and SNCOs with good attendance on drill night and training weekends.. The CO, training Major, Adjutant and RSM (all regulars) ran a very tight ship and demanded that we provided quality training for the TA soldiers. In my Sqn I worked with the OC and SSM to help them deliver a training program that fitted in with the COs objectives. I basically provided advice, support and admin for them to deliver their own training at Sqn level, even so far as to setting up equipment/resources for a drill night so the TA instructors could just get on with the job when they arrived. On the odd occasion I had to step in if someone didn’t turn up, very rare and they would normally phone in if they couldn’t make it which gave us a chance to go with plan B. Regimental training was normally delivered by the PSIs.
Unfortunately they got disbanded and I got sent to another unit, couldn’t of been more different, 2 other PSIs already there both just coasting. TA seniors more interested in getting to the bar than doing any worthwhile training and cooking the books to make sure they all got their bounty. Fell out with them on a visit before I even started work there. Hey but that was 10 years ago, they did me a favour in the long run, made me spend a bit more time sorting out my resettlement.
 
#18
StabTiffy2B said:
Their main role is to ensure that the badminton equipment is used regularly.

Some of them have something to do with booking courses and arranging interesting training, but don't get your hopes up.
You really have an axe to grind with NRPS don't you? Were you dry bummed by one?
 
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#20
bangalore said:
You really have an axe to grind with NRPS don't you? Were you dry bummed by one?
Are you speaking metaphorically or literally? P.S. My dislike of some permanent staff doesn't end with NRPS.

The comment of this thread are spot on and, as usual, articulated far better than I can:

A good, motivated and fair PSI is worth their weight in gold and the unit will go from strength to strength.

A mediocre PSI will result in a lack of motivation and a slow loss of the best lads.

A wank PSI will see the good blokes voting with their feet.

P.S. It's not a good idea to send that Wiki page to your PSI suggesting they read it. It tends to rile them up a little :D
 

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