'Twas the case that a TA soldier couldn't be mobilised for service on Op Banner in Northern Ireland. I think that holds true for FTRS (FC) as well. He or she could only serve there on an S-Type engagement in which case they ceased to be TA.
This thread makes it sound like booking a holiday with Thomas Cook!!!!!
Mate, I take it you're still with 71 (Stay-At-Home Yeomanry) Signal Regt? As we've discussed before, to read some of the posts on here you'd think that you get a slit trench in Al Amarah with your name on it along with your initial kit issue. Comparing notes with other TA lads at Chilwell, I can only deduce that it comes down to the admin of your unit. For lads (and lasses) from many units, it really is as easy as falling off a log (and in certain cases you'd wish they'd been more discriminating about who they sent off!). I've also known many (good and eager) blokes who've been frustrated at every turn in their efforts to get mobilised.
very true mate..... I'm convinced that certain people within our organisation don't want people to go as it will take people out of already depleated troops and also send the message the the other "hangers on" that they could be next......
On the other hand I could be paranoid?
There seems to be some very strange things going on that I shouldn't start talking about on here.... but let's just say some senior people have some strange agendas going on regarding TA
I'm convinced that certain people within our organisation don't want people to go as it will take people out of already depleated troops and also send the message the the other "hangers on" that they could be next......
There does appear to be a myth that all TA Inf are now going out as individuals. SOMME Coy is a fully formed (sub-)unit with TA OC, 2IC, CSM etc. and has been training and operating as such for the last 8 months (both before and after mobilisation).
(This is the London Regiment's 3rd formed sub-unit, following on from CAMBRAI and MESSINES Coys which both went to Iraq)