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TA why stay?

#1
looking at the past posts the TA might seem a real let down. Pay, late bounnties, no pensions, training problems, buggerance factor, civvi jobs the list is sometimes endless.

But something keeps us in and I just wondered what other people think it is. I once spent a year out of the TA and hated it, being in the TA gives many things quite apart from the pay and bounty (important though they are).

For my part being in the TA gives a sense of purpose and focus different to every day civvi life. I enjoy the training, like most of the people and positively look forward to going. When you see faces you have not seen in a while it makes it all the more worthwhile.

So all those nasty bits aside, what keeps you in?


Cardinal

Cardinal
 
#5
The job I'm doing now with the TA, genuine job satisfaction, being with likeminded individuals.

Things that go bang.

Cheap alcohol.
 
#7
where else can you play with big boys toys , things that go bang ( or if R.E. BIG bangs ) and cheap beer ! Well for us in the T.A. in Germany it is , Ha Ha
 
#8
Because, despite the efforts of scores of Regular Officers and Soldiers, we feel that we (the TA) actually make a difference. In the current climate we are proving this but, the fact that we can do our jobs, step aside at weekends/camp/FTRS/Ops and do theirs as well, makes us special in Civvy street. To the Yanks the Guard are 'twice the citizen', so are we, that's why we do it, and the beer's cheap!!!!!!!!!!
 
#11
I think it's the almost hotel-like quality of the accommodation and the breakfasts when I go away. What sort of fool pays for a weekend break when HMG will pay ME to go in stay for the weekend and wake up to a breakfast of the finest coffee, fresh fruit, pastries, organic home-made mueslis, 100% meat sausages etc, all served at an agreeable hour that allows me a good lie-in from my week time routine?

There's that, and the high daily rates of pay that fairly represent the time put in, the same benefits as the regular army, the way in which the Army recognises that if it uses my civilian skills it should accord me an appropriate position, and the absolutely fascinating time we have on camp, into which a huge amount of effort and imagination has clearly gone. And promotion is always timely.

That coupled with the way that the government has kept the regular Army big enough to cope with routine operations and uses us intelligently for our specialist skills and more widely in times of national crisis makes it an absolute no-brainer as far as I am concerned.
 
#12
clownbasher said:
I think it's the almost hotel-like quality of the accommodation and the breakfasts when I go away. What sort of fool pays for a weekend break when HMG will pay ME to go in stay for the weekend and wake up to a breakfast of the finest coffee, fresh fruit, pastries, organic home-made mueslis, 100% meat sausages etc, all served at an agreeable hour that allows me a good lie-in from my week time routine?

There's that, and the high daily rates of pay that fairly represent the time put in, the same benefits as the regular army, the way in which the Army recognises that if it uses my civilian skills it should accord me an appropriate position, and the absolutely fascinating time we have on camp, into which a huge amount of effort and imagination has clearly gone. And promotion is always timely.

That coupled with the way that the government has kept the regular Army big enough to cope with routine operations and uses us intelligently for our specialist skills and more widely in times of national crisis makes it an absolute no-brainer as far as I am concerned.
I dont know which unit you belong to but I wish I were there as well!

Cardinal
 
#19
Escape from your ever day world , do things that people pay big money to do may be once in there lives . the challenge . self achievement . your a trainee for the funny fram .
had to leave well passed the sell by date . miss it
school what kiddy unit you in
 

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