Re: Not an expression of unwillingness
Date: 29 January 2002
SIR - More than 270 officers and soldiers of the 3 (Volunteer) Military Intelligence Battalion were trained and available for mobilisation on Sept. 11, 2001.
Following discussions with the MoD, 100 officers and soldiers were made available on Jan. 14, and 150 others remain available for subsequent operations. A tiny minority - seven - have resigned because their personal circumstances meant they could no longer accommodate 27 days of annual training and the mobilisation liability that comprise the terms of TA service.
All of this met the requirements of the Defence Secretary, who announced that he would mobilise "up to" 140, not 140. It is true that the battalion has been advised that fewer than 140 are now required, but to suggest, as you did, that this is a result of any action or expression of unwillingness by any member of this battalion is inaccurate (report, Jan. 21).
The battalion's officers and non-commissioned officers accept the personal, financial and professional disruption that attends mobilisation willingly and with good grace. The vast majority of volunteer soldiers in this battalion are still today very ready, willing, able and well-prepared to make their own personal commitment to the defence of the realm and its core values, both in the international and the national arena.
Roger Kaye QC, Honorary Colonel, 3rd (Volunteer) Military Intelligence Battalion