TA Officers "Living in" in an Officers Mess

#1
Folks,

just wondering what the policy is on TA Officers "Living in" in an Officers Mess.

I've moved to a new area, and as there is a barracks nearby to my work, I thought it could be handy to live in the mess there for a while. Obviously it would be subject to space, approval of the Mess Manager, CO of the unit/base, and possibly my own CO.

Has anyone encountered this or know of the regulations if any?

Thanks folks.

(Posted this in "Officers" forum, thought I'd post here too).
 

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#2
I'm going to get jumped on for this, but...

If you want to stay in the Mess full time, then serve full time. It's not a doss house for civvies or TA folk who can't be bothered renting or buying their own place.
 
#7
There was a TA officer living in the Officers mess at Imphal Barracks York IIRC. Dont quote me though I worked one night on the bar
 
#8
I truly can't believe this has got on so many peoples wicks!

lol.

I shall leave the Mess as a doss house for you chippy regular officers then.

Jockistani.
 
#9
polar69 said:
I am truly embarrassed that someone holding the Queens commission could ask this.
That was my initial reaction, but then I remembered that when I was working on Ascension Island (living in the contractors' accommodation), I was asked by a number of the RAF/Army types why I hadn't moved into the Sgts' Mess.

So I'll slip from embarrassed to bemused.
 
#10
Jerrycan2793 said:
There was a TA officer living in the Officers mess at Imphal Barracks York IIRC. Dont quote me though I worked one night on the bar
FTRS, possibly?

I've used the mess in Andover a few times (1 or 2 night stays) when on MOD (as opposed to on TA pay) business. Not as a permanent liver-in though (although, if your civvie job meant you were an 'entitled civilian'? Never been one of those but have had them in the mess and there are several of them in my TA unit ...)
 
#11
May have been on FTRS, Now this will probably put a few backs up. But if there is space in the Mess, and someone is willing to pay subscription/bills even if they are only TA is there not profit to be made from it rather than leaving a room empty?
 
#12
Jerrycan,

I'm with you really. I mean, nobody has exactly spelt out where it says this is a heinous crime against regulations.

I am an Officer - tick
I will pay mess bills - tick
I will go on unit PT - tick(!)
I need to be a Regular Officer - ?
If there are empty rooms ... why not?

I don't have all the answers to all the questions, but I do ask for an accurate answer to this one. Not rants from those who "believe" what they say is correct.

(.....incoming.....)
 
#13
Phone the Mess Manager and ask ;)

msr
 
#17
I am a civvy most of the time thanks, I enjoy it Get my student loan and grants through in september at your expense. And I get to play with Rifles on some weekends. Couldnt be better.
 
#18
Jerrycan2793 said:
I am a civvy most of the time thanks, I enjoy it Get my student loan and grants through in september at your expense. And I get to play with Rifles on some weekends. Couldnt be better.
So do cadets
 
#19
Tried it once, They dont like sexual deviants. It also doesnt give me any prep for when I finish uni and look towards a career in the regular army.

This time In 30 Years I intend to be at least a Brigadier and ill organise it so that every wednesday a TA Soldier gets to bunk up with one of their regular counterparts just so they get a bit more of the regular army experience
 
#20
Come on Flashy, when are you gonna get a real job like us lot.

I thought you regular chaps were busy on ops or something?! You seem to have a lot of time on your hands ;)

Passed over for promotion or just bored flying a desk?
 
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