The Army reserve now compare to 2010

Perhaps we should go back to purchase of commissions, then those of private means could fill the slots…
 
Perhaps we should go back to purchase of commissions, then those of private means could fill the slots…
It can't be worse than filling them with people with non-jobs in the public sector who simply aren't missed from work.
 

potter

Old-Salt
You could hope with the way we’re changing how we account for people in Defence (by cost, not just headcount) might change these attitudes.
Well, that's *one* way of looking at it. I wonder how the value of KSE, especially in the specialist Reservist space, would factor into this in a practical and equitable manner.

I've actually not got a problem with the Reserve as a whole turning from a 'spare time' to a 'part time' type organisation, if that's what Defence needs. I doubt though that Defence knows what they're getting (and losing) as a result, and I absolutely rail at the internal and external intellectual dishonesty in the lack of messaging this as a change.
 

olafthered

LE
Book Reviewer
The OF3+ (major +) job lists with working day requirements for reserves is a symptom of a lack of understanding.

I have a very supportive employer, I get extra time off to do ARes "stuff" we have an Armed Forces Network, and one of my colleagues, who is one of the 3 of us who founded it has regular lunches with the CEO to talk Armed forces support stuff (he happens to be in the same place).

I was looking for my next Army Res. job a little while ago; one suggested to me required 1 day a week on site, and on call within 4 hours the rest of the time.

At a location 4 hours away. So I get a phone call, jump in the car and drive to the site. A bit difficult when my civilian job includes international and multi site in the UK travel. And customer meetings I can't walk out of at no notice.

As explained to the person making the suggestion. Before it was made.

Having said that I did ask - if I am on 4hr notice to turn in, I am limited in my movement, am I therefore being paid?
Echoing silence resulted.
 
4 hrs NTM for a Reservist? Which ever OF5 signed off that Job Spec is on crack.
 

olafthered

LE
Book Reviewer
4 hrs NTM for a Reservist? Which ever OF5 signed off that Job Spec is on crack.
We used to do it in one of my old squadrons, one det was on 4hr ntm.

We rotated the details between the troops monthly, and within the troops weekly. In reality though the PSI had a list of who was between jobs and rang them first. We deployed it twice, and sat on our bergans once.
 
We used to do it in one of my old squadrons, one det was on 4hr ntm.

We rotated the details between the troops monthly, and within the troops weekly. In reality though the PSI had a list of who was between jobs and rang them first. We deployed it twice, and sat on our bergans once.
I Commanded a Unit at EHR for National Tasking and deployed multiple times. My team were never at more than 12 Hr NTM, and I generally managed to get it to 24 Hr NTM.

I’m afraid that reeks of made up bullshite by a CoC trying to justify their existence.

(Unless you were supporting a Regular Unit at a similar NTM (UKSF, EOD, QRA etc) and were fully integrated?)
 

olafthered

LE
Book Reviewer
I Commanded a Unit at EHR for National Tasking and deployed multiple times. My team were never at more than 12 Hr NTM, and I generally managed to get it to 24 Hr NTM.

I’m afraid that reeks of made up bullshite by a CoC trying to justify their existence.

(Unless you were supporting a Regular Unit at a similar NTM (UKSF, EOD, QRA etc) and were fully integrated?)
Uk emergency ops.
Primarily CT support to plod, but also natural disaster stuff. Not bang CT, but the background side...
 
Uk emergency ops.
Primarily CT support to plod, but also natural disaster stuff. Not bang CT, but the background side...
Hmm.

So why was it in the Reserves?

(Rhetorical question: I presume you were a non-Combat cap badge, and it used to be done in Regulars, but unit was cut to save a Regiment elsewhere. Unfortunately the tasking remained…)
 
Well, that's *one* way of looking at it. I wonder how the value of KSE, especially in the specialist Reservist space, would factor into this in a practical and equitable manner.

I've actually not got a problem with the Reserve as a whole turning from a 'spare time' to a 'part time' type organisation, if that's what Defence needs. I doubt though that Defence knows what they're getting (and losing) as a result, and I absolutely rail at the internal and external intellectual dishonesty in the lack of messaging this as a change.

The problem is overtime said part timers expect spare timers to be able to do the same….. and the overall organisation expects it
 

olafthered

LE
Book Reviewer
Hmm.

So why was it in the Reserves?

(Rhetorical question: I presume you were a non-Combat cap badge, and it used to be done in Regulars, but unit was cut to save a Regiment elsewhere. Unfortunately the tasking remained…)

None combat, correct.

Always a reserve tasking, simply due to transit times, we could be onsite in our AOR within 2 hours of rolling out, the regular unit who provided similar capability was 8+ hours away, and London focussed.

Edit to add, and it was a 2 person detachment, and normally planned for 72 hours only before a planned relief cycle kicked in.
 

the_creature

War Hero
Another thing I've noticed, and this means No offense to any of the understanding ones out there. Some Pte soldiers I have met are on more money than the CO and his bosses boss. However same CO (add rank here) talks to that private soldier like they are just out of school, Or when getting some resistance to a particular bone deployment resorts to "you'll get paid for it". I'm not sure that's going to win over Pte Goldman Sachs who's Army daily rate is £40

The regular chain posted in should have an all ranks brief on the complexities of the Reserves. But that might sound patronising to them, but it takes a good year for regulars to come round to the mindset of the average reservist.
 
If it's any consolation certain AR regiments are still scheduling training weekends which coincide with large sporting events then whinge about the lack of attendance.
 
I've said it before previously that it is mostly down to the quality of the training staff that are attached to a unit that will make or break it. I was lucky that within my unit we always had quality PSIs.
 
Another thing I've noticed, and this means No offense to any of the understanding ones out there. Some Pte soldiers I have met are on more money than the CO and his bosses boss. However same CO (add rank here) talks to that private soldier like they are just out of school, Or when getting some resistance to a particular bone deployment resorts to "you'll get paid for it". I'm not sure that's going to win over Pte Goldman Sachs who's Army daily rate is £40

The regular chain posted in should have an all ranks brief on the complexities of the Reserves. But that might sound patronising to them, but it takes a good year for regulars to come round to the mindset of the average reservist.
That always makes me chuckle.
But not as much as "Helicopters are booked for that weekend in Sennybridge in early January"
 
Another thing I've noticed, and this means No offense to any of the understanding ones out there. Some Pte soldiers I have met are on more money than the CO and his bosses boss. However same CO (add rank here) talks to that private soldier like they are just out of school, Or when getting some resistance to a particular bone deployment resorts to "you'll get paid for it". I'm not sure that's going to win over Pte Goldman Sachs who's Army daily rate is £40

The regular chain posted in should have an all ranks brief on the complexities of the Reserves. But that might sound patronising to them, but it takes a good year for regulars to come round to the mindset of the average reservist.
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I've said it before previously that it is mostly down to the quality of the training staff that are attached to a unit that will make or break it. I was lucky that within my unit we always had quality PSIs.
As a wise man once said: you get the reserve you deserve.
 
If it's any consolation certain AR regiments are still scheduling training weekends which coincide with large sporting events then whinge about the lack of attendance.
Mine frequently did. Strangely enough around kick off all the LEs disappeared at the same time as a Sgts’ Mess meeting was held, & the Field Officers had a conference.

Subalterns were left to look after the very few Juniors who’d turned out…
 

QRK2

LE
Mine frequently did. Strangely enough around kick off all the LEs disappeared at the same time as a Sgts’ Mess meeting was held, & the Field Officers had a conference.

Subalterns were left to look after the very few Juniors who’d turned out…

Just following precedent.

"The Queen sat through all this with her customary wedding face (to wit, no expression at all), but one of the guests told me there was a marked difference in her demeanour at the after-party, where she exuded genuine affection for both Camilla and her son.

Nothing kept Her Majesty from her first love, however. When Charles and Camilla emerged to cheers in the sunshine outside the chapel, the Queen disappeared into a side room to watch the Grand National. She emerged into the buzzing reception taking place in the State Apartments at Windsor Castle to make an unusually inspired toast that led the headlines the next day.

“I have two important announcements to make. I know you will want to know who was the winner of the Grand National. It was Hedgehunter. [Deadpan pause.] Secondly, having cleared Becher’s Brook and The Chair and all kinds of other terrible obstacles, they have come through and I’m very proud and wish them well. My son is home and dry with the woman he loves. They are now on the home straight; the happy couple are now in the winners’ enclosure.”

Then she disappeared into the side room again to watch a replay of the race. "
 

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