TA recruiting and retention on the up?

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by msr, Nov 19, 2006.

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    Since the start of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan nearly 2,000 reservists a year have been mobilised (More TA troops will be ordered into front line, News, last week). The recent National Audit Office report on the reserve forces found no evidence to show that there is a direct link to personnel leaving the Territorial Army and the war in Iraq. On the contrary, 50% of personnel surveyed stated that “desire to serve on operations” was one of the reasons they joined. Last year there was a net increase in TA numbers.

    You also asserted that mobilised TA soldiers are not treated the same as their regular counterparts. The servicemen and women in the TA are an essential and valued part of the army.

    Lieutenant General John McColl
    Commander Regional Forces and Inspector General, Territorial Army


  2. Good show.
  3. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    But that's good news - don't expect the media to pick up on that, it won't sell papers!

    And the even better news? All those joining know EXACTLY what they are joining for - and it's not to wait here until the Russians land at Dover either :)
  4. Well, good old IGTA.....but TA soldiers are NOT treated the same as their regular counterparts when they are not mobilised. It's cake and eat it time for the MOD.
  5. msr

    msr LE

    Mr T,

    would you like to spearhead the campaign for bringing the requirements for peacetime training in line with those for operations? aka 'Putting the fun back into the TA?'

  6. Ah well, now you see, there's the rub. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. If you're Regular, you have plenty of time for fitness, Adv Trg, etc etc. We used to do that at weekends, now we just do Mil skills, fitness, and admin (will get worse when OARMIS and JPA come in next year). So, what happens?, the toms that want to deploy and be part of CGS' hot reserve will join and stay for a few tours and the rest of us will slowly fade away......cos its BORING! It's years since I did something with the TA and thought 'wow' that was different - am I living on old memories?

  7. msr

    msr LE

    No, the apparent New World Order...

  8. designed by who? Blofeld? CRF? CGS? all of the aforementioned? OH NO!

    I know who did it.....it was a committee!

    so, no-ones to blame and no-one has control.

    but it will be the TA sub-unit commanders fault when retention fails.
  9. OARMIS?

    Sounds like something Joe Grundy from the Archers would say!

  10. One

    Yet another computer system that is coming in though it is no longer going to be called OARMIS