In fact Major McParlin has requested leave over Christmas so she can look after her grandson while his father is serving on operations and his mother is on duty in the UK:
"My son-in-law has recently been deployed to Cyprus and my daughter has discovered that she has duties over the Christmas period working as a corporal for the Adjutant's General Corps Staff and Personnel Support Branch, so I need to get home and do my duty as a grandma and support my daughter," she explained.
The SO2 (Manning and) Reserves was instigated somewhere around TELIC 2/3 to address the monumental f*ck ups faced by TA personnel unintelligently mobilised (and employed) on TELIC 1. A mate did the job some time ago, and I would say that he added value - not least by telling some whingeing STABs that it was their duty to soldier on like their regular colleagues, and that they couldn't go home just because they didn't like it any more (probably around 50:50 with the genuine problems faced by reservists).
Given the increase in corporate knowledge (the One Army concept might stop being a concept one day), the need for the post may well decline - although the day-to-day liaison with RTMC might justify the job; I don't know.
I'll start by saying that I have no real qualms(is that an actual word?) with you and have not really notice why you have an o2 tag but you really are having a fcuking laugh with this post are you not?
Our terms and conditions ARE different, that's the reason for her job FFS.
When you do a tour and you suddenly find out from your missus that your mortgage hasn't been paid because there's a fcuk up with your pay then it is her who will get it sorted, not some fcukin' regular clerk who doesn't know the system run by Chilwell., has no idea about YOUR pay and conditions and doesn't know his arrse from his elbow when you get informed that you have failed to make any pension contributions for the last 8 months!
Hats off to the lady, 53 and still willing to do her bit when most of us will be pushing up daisies.
Telic as referenced by Dilfor in his earlier post was a cluster for many of the TA mobilised for a multitude of reasons.
During that tour, I evacuated two experienced NCO's from theatre, as their mortgages hadn't been paid, since the army wasn't paying them. Key to their evacuation was the complete lack of understanding in the CoC in theatre, of the issues facing some who had been mobilised.
If the SO2 (Manning and) Reserves role had been in place as at March 2003, many clusters would have had the focus they required, instead of the "it'll get sorted by RTMC when they're back in the UK" routine that prevailed.
These "none-roles" you mention, isn't that just every soldier, not down range, closing with the enemy and killing him?
No. As it happened the job I was mobilised for was binned off 3 months before I went out to fill the post. No-one told Chilwell and the IMC didn't bother to inform my receiving unit the other end that I was coming out. Hence I arrived and no-one knew I was there.
Nothing to do with Terms and Conditions. Perhaps you would like to check via PM before shouting your mouth off and making yourself look like even more of a cock than usual.
As it happens the SO3 is now a BC in my regiment and he has some interesting stories to tell. Unlike you.