That is just pure style!
The thing with the AR is it a 50/50 commitment, you need to be prepared to do your bit so the training staff can do theirs, commit time to maintain fitness and concentrate on digesting info.Bit quiet this side of arrse, Did the SDSR take the wind out of our sails all those years ago? How has the changes effected your unit? Has the dead wood from the Glorious TA days filtered out, Or are they still clutching on with their finger nails?
A bit of both i can imagine. I would say the creation of new battalions in my regiment diluted the man power quite drastically. However the type of infanteer seems to be better quality, probaby due to longer and remodelled basic training courses. NCO's seem to be improving due to beat up training and intigrated courses with the regulars, generally the attitute towards reserves has improved alot since 2010. It's not perfect, but i don't miss the cold war warrior mindset that's for sure.
I think it comes down to the over used line of 'know your soldiers'.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 stood out to me.One concern I have is that PSI roles are increasingly a bit of a thrashing (to say the least) and will struggle to attract the really top quality regulars as word will get around. It's such a key role for success and engagement.
The amount of admin dumped on from up high is crazy. Some of it is needed but much of it is utterly mental make work.That stood out to me.
In recent years there's been a change in the PSIs arriving at our unit from staffies considering or heading towards retirement, to keen recently promoted sergeants. The change in attitude and enthusiasm for the job is noticable and has made a big difference to the type and quality of training and support on offer. However, there has also been an obvious increase in admin workload dropped from RHQ which can curb their enthusiasm.