The TA - A gripe

#1
hi all,

Im ex RA, spent three years in and gained valuable experience that id always wanted to pass on to new bods. sadly a year ago, as the name suggests I had a work related accident. but enough about that. I recently tipped up to Lowestoft TA Centre, 3 Royal Anglian Regiment to be told, flattly, Im no use to them.

How sickening is that? 3 years good training down the pisser.

NOT GOOD ENOUGH TA!
 
#2
Anglian are infantry & will be very wary of taking someone who "looks" like they might struggle.

About 10 years ago now a chap got into the regular medical corps with only one good leg. (it made the news quite a bit)

Ask around a few other less front line units, they or the cadets AI route should have something for you.
 
#3
what instructor qualifications do you have?
 
#4
onearmedwarrier said:
hi all,

Im ex RA, spent three years in and gained valuable experience that id always wanted to pass on to new bods. sadly a year ago, as the name suggests I had a work related accident. but enough about that. I recently tipped up to Lowestoft TA Centre, 3 Royal Anglian Regiment to be told, flattly, Im no use to them.

How sickening is that? 3 years good training down the pisser.

NOT GOOD ENOUGH TA!
How do you manage Capitals?
 
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stabradop

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#5
firestarter said:
onearmedwarrier said:
hi all,

Im ex RA, spent three years in and gained valuable experience that id always wanted to pass on to new bods. sadly a year ago, as the name suggests I had a work related accident. but enough about that. I recently tipped up to Lowestoft TA Centre, 3 Royal Anglian Regiment to be told, flattly, Im no use to them.

How sickening is that? 3 years good training down the pisser.

NOT GOOD ENOUGH TA!
How do you manage Capitals?
Wah cloak on...

Using the caps lock button

Wah cloak off...
 

chrisg46

LE
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#6
Quite possibly they only want to take on recruits who are deployable. Based on your user name on here, i suspect you would get the same response from most TA units these days, as we are pretty much all about supporting Op's.
 
#8
A bloke just got knocked back for his waist being an inch and a quarter larger than it was three days before when he went for his medical so frankly I think you've got two hopes and one of them's Bob.

It does raises the question of whether there is any merit in having training staff who are not deployable or don't meet the standard for some reason or other.

The unit I am re-joining has a civvy Doctor who attends once a week in support of the unit. Would it be so ridiculous to have a civvy map reading instructor, armourer, shooting coach, driving instructor etc?

Good luck whatever you do.
 
#9
EX_STAB said:
The unit I am re-joining has a civvy Doctor who attends once a week in support of the unit. Would it be so ridiculous to have a civvy map reading instructor, armourer, shooting coach, driving instructor etc?
I think you are confusing the TA with the Boy Scouts.

msr
 
#10
onearmedwarrier said:
I recently tipped up to Lowestoft TA Centre, 3 Royal Anglian Regiment to be told, flattly, Im no use to them.
What use are you to the infantry with one arm? You could fire a pistol but you wouldn't even be able to reload it yourself!
 
#11
msr said:
EX_STAB said:
The unit I am re-joining has a civvy Doctor who attends once a week in support of the unit. Would it be so ridiculous to have a civvy map reading instructor, armourer, shooting coach, driving instructor etc?
I think you are confusing the TA with the Boy Scouts.

msr
Not really because they don't employ people. This unit most certainly does employ a civvy doctor. I remember the unit I was in in the 90's had a civvy caretaker and storeman.

That said I suppose it's cheaper to pay a soldier than a civvy.
 
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stabradop

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#12
EX_STAB said:
msr said:
EX_STAB said:
The unit I am re-joining has a civvy Doctor who attends once a week in support of the unit. Would it be so ridiculous to have a civvy map reading instructor, armourer, shooting coach, driving instructor etc?
I think you are confusing the TA with the Boy Scouts.

msr
Not really because they don't employ people. This unit most certainly does employ a civvy doctor. I remember the unit I was in in the 90's had a civvy caretaker and storeman.

That said I suppose it's cheaper to pay a soldier than a civvy.
My unit was the same, the storeman was also the caretaker and lived on site, think the LCpl storeman was a civvy but she was also in the TA
 
#13
Fallschirmjager said:
onearmedwarrier said:
I recently tipped up to Lowestoft TA Centre, 3 Royal Anglian Regiment to be told, flattly, Im no use to them.
What use are you to the infantry with one arm? You could fire a pistol but you wouldn't even be able to reload it yourself!
Yeah he could, seen it done by harry the hook.

Kneel down pistol in the back of the knee to change mags, cocks it by pushing back the top cover on the back of his boot.
 
#14
stabradop said:
EX_STAB said:
msr said:
EX_STAB said:
The unit I am re-joining has a civvy Doctor who attends once a week in support of the unit. Would it be so ridiculous to have a civvy map reading instructor, armourer, shooting coach, driving instructor etc?
I think you are confusing the TA with the Boy Scouts.

msr
Not really because they don't employ people. This unit most certainly does employ a civvy doctor. I remember the unit I was in in the 90's had a civvy caretaker and storeman.

That said I suppose it's cheaper to pay a soldier than a civvy.
My unit was the same, the storeman was also the caretaker and lived on site, think the LCpl storeman was a civvy but she was also in the TA
I suppose it was a rather bigger organisation back then with a bit more slack in the system. Don't see why it would be a problem to use such people for certain tasks though.
 
#16
Just to confirm

You served 3 years in the RA, came out, lost an arm, and now try to join the TA infantry?


What job did you think you would do?


Do the RA not have any TA units? surely that would be a better option, even with the loss of an arm?


Sorry, im at a loss as to what you expected to be told by an infantry unit!

I know things have changed since my day, but surely an infanteer basic requirement is, all his limbs?


As honest as it sounds, its a bit like saying, "I went for the role of sniper, but they turned me down"
why did they turn you down?
Im blind!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#17
Why not sue the TA for discrimination or as others have said join the cadets as an AI and pass on your enthusiasm to the kids!
You'd make no ed pay as a mess waiter!
 
#18
If your not suitable for the 'regs' then your not suitable for the TA. What use is a non-deployable soldier?...non.

TA is not an easy option anymore.
 
#19
msr said:
EX_STAB said:
The unit I am re-joining has a civvy Doctor who attends once a week in support of the unit. Would it be so ridiculous to have a civvy map reading instructor, armourer, shooting coach, driving instructor etc?
I think you are confusing the TA with the Boy Scouts.

msr
Not hard to do with people like you in it
 
#20
Hopkins said:
msr said:
EX_STAB said:
The unit I am re-joining has a civvy Doctor who attends once a week in support of the unit. Would it be so ridiculous to have a civvy map reading instructor, armourer, shooting coach, driving instructor etc?
I think you are confusing the TA with the Boy Scouts.

msr
Not hard to do with people like you in it
Cnut :x
 

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