Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by msr, May 25, 2007.
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Option 3: HAC Troopers
F**king hell, post two and some lunatic has a) Dragged it off topic and b) Brought up the HAC
Its bright its orange.
Providing that they keep the education and promotion in line with the Regs they will have a purpose and be able to bring a rounded well educated experienced Officer to the Bun fight. Its looking better than it did a few years ago.
Education does NOT equate to experience, operations do. Unless TA officers are employed on ops in role at most stages of their carreer they will be relagated to Wkpr, specialist and G9 type jobs. All a bit of vicious circle
Exactly my point going out on Ops and just doing Wkpr et al low role jobs, will mean they won't achieve the experience required
And seeing as how CIMIC was the GOC's ME on TELIC6, I would think we are well placed...
But back to the thread: where do we stand now and in the future?
TA officers are also leading platoons and companies, also patrols, so there is another alternative.
Add a third button for "bit of both"?
I spend most of my time as a training facilitator to provide IRs to the regular Bns. The next time I deploy will probably be as a staff officer.
Did someone say pi$$ up and brewery? lol
I would wager that the majority of TA Officers joined up to neither be Trainers or Desk Wallahs.
Might this be a contributing factor the the recruiting and retention problems of TA officers?
In all fairness, i want to become an Officer in the TA so that i can lead from a hands on approach, if its going to be a case of my responsiblities going down to sorting paper work out, i wouldn't even bother to try and put myself forward. I would have to struggle to become an Office in the first place, all my previous qualifications are vocational, if it is going to be a wasted effort then why bother?
It really depends what unit you are going into. I can only speak for the Inf, but as a Pl Comd you could definately expect a tour in role within a FP company.
I had an interview with my PSAO and i was told that if i did decide to go down this certain path and was successful, it would be a very much "hands - off" role in regards to Ground Work.
IE, i want to finish qualifications through the Army on a ground level, but personally believe i have the aptitude (Wrongly or not) and desire (Heartfelt) to become an Officer.
I was told, in short words, that it would most probably be one or the other.
Which is fine if you are in CAG, but surely someone who has trained as a scaley troop comd would aim to be deployed as such and gain the operational experience that next time round whould get athem a job as a scaley sqn comd.
Indeed they have - almost all the officers from my lot who have gone have been commanding patrols etc and of course there are those Inf (and gunner) Offrs who have gone with FP coys, but that desn't seem the norm across the TA at all.
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