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Recieved the following PM from a defence contractor A

They are thick as mince... wrong. they do not understand basic IT/electronics (as far as not realising that if you can't get power then try another plug socket).

As a TA pte I would be totally junior to them ..... Yet in my civi job I do, and prove my ability on a daily basis - I am very junior but this is basic stuff. The siggies around me are doing canteen cowboy duties, basic radio stags, mong duties.. The telemechs are all lance jacks or above and still dumb, heck their sgt is the only one who displays a brain. 2Lt's, full Lts look and sound young and slightly naive!

I find it hard to believe that I would be junior to so many of these people, in terms of RSigs. Granted my tactical skill set is limited, and I am by no means an IS god, but still cannot see myself mobilising as a signaller and not going completely spare. (A dear friend of mine, 30 years old, with a ........ was mobilised as an RS Op pte, as the regt lost her paperwork he had 'no trade'... he was not paid for it, and treated like a phase 2 recruit by the reg regt!). I'd go * mental.

My promotion within unit is based against other civi professionals, not regular army standards... which appear lower. Additionally I do not need to be able to march 8 miles in 2mins, nor run a 10:30 2.4km run to be able to do this job, either here, nor Iraq. Neither did **** who opperated a rebro and CNR det in theatre for 4 months.

So why do we put up with being treated like kids? I think, unless I end up in either a completly different trade, or a unit that appreciates civi skills, that I will quit.
Sort of agree with that. Was taken out by Defence Contractor B, last night and heard something similar. TA unit in nimbyland had a display showing the very latest in comms equipment from the 70's (Clansman), being intrested L shows the TA guy the new ____ BISA on his PDA, TA guy responds by showing him the very latest brand new BFAT booklet - presented as the cutting edge of TA equipment :!: ........... what a walt. Thanks for the professional image being put accross



So IT professionals are wasting their time joining the TA Sigs unless they commission?
To be honest. IT/IS has more or less totally passed the Army by, or is that the other way round? To to be told that the Army has bought a load of printers that are no longer made by HP and laptops that use PIII chips makes you wonder what the point of trying to update the Army is. Having spotted that very day a shiny new Sony laptop about the size of an A5 folder that's more powerful with a larger harddrive after my first UDT lesson I honestly think the army should not bother trying to reinvent the wheel, just go done to PC world and buy 5,000 tough books with a promise of 5,000 more in 18 months, just see what deal you could get!
Goku said:
So IT professionals are wasting their time joining the TA Sigs unless they commission?
Not necessarily but if you want to go on Ops (in a complex IT role), its the way forward. Not the way the regular PART of the corps works AND 'one army' but what the heck.

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