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#1
Hi everyone, i'm new on here and just writing to get some ideas from other people.
I've recently returned from tour and back to my TA company.
I've only been in a couple of years but I don't think I want to continue with the service.
I enjoyed it when I was in but since returning I feel I see it in a different light, i have given it a go since coming back.
People have remained at the unit and they seemed to have benefitted from others who have done tours.
I realise everyone is not the same and some have done tours, although many years ago.
It just seems the guys who have done tours are the mugs - even though that is what we are supposed to do.
So the question is - do i leave with a bad taste in my mouth, or change units, or carry on and live with the outdated and lazy hierarchy.
Would appreciate answers from people who have been in the same posistion as myself.
many thanks in advance
 
#3
Its the same for everybody mate. When I deployed, we had one lad who had bottled the mobilisation process at the last minute, and had managed to blag his way onto Sailing AT, driving licenses and other courses while everyone else was on tour. Same for people picking up while the majority of the fit, keen regular attenders were on tour.
 
#4
What you do on tour is only part of what you train for. It's too easy to think that routine training isn't appropriate, especially when you've "done it for real". But the reality is that the next time you're mobilised, you could be going somewhere else or used in a different role, so stuff that seems irrelevant could be important in the future. Some of the training you receive may be given by people who haven't mobilised, but that doesn't make it any less correct.

On drill nights and at weekends, there's nothing to show who has been on tour and who hasn't. When you reach the lofty heights of the Sgts' Mess, there'll be some people there with miniature medals on their mess kit and there'll be some who haven't, people who have stories to tell and people who can only listen.

Hang in, chill and see what happens.
 
#5
Think about it, you've come from a high intensity workload of a tour or tours with a daily workload back to a set routine and training program - You have people that are focusing on civvy work, family, social AND TA where you have come from virtually 100% military thinking for God knows how long. Might need to have a couple of months away from the green then get back into it or maybe a break then a change in unit/job.

Don't lose heart or tear your hair out. (I went from TA to Mobilisation to FTRS and back to the regs - My head's all over the fecking place at the mo!)

Have a break, kick back and chill for a bit. Don't make any knee jerk decisions.

Hope all goes well.
 
#6
Hi I returned from H10, went back to my unit saw the same old faces cutting about and those who don't want to put their hands up for tour giving it big licks in the bar, and said **** it i'll put my hand up for another tour.

PDT for H13 comes up so i'm on that with a great bunch of guys and have some of the best days of my life.
Unfortunately was aeromeded back as a VSI and am trying to get back out before tour ends.

The same people are still cutting about not doing their bit and I don't think I can go back to that. Without compulsory mobilisation, you have this problem. These people can now ride it out until 2014 knowing they don't have to volunteer.
Meanwhile they will be soaking up MTD's, courses etc whilst those doing back to back tours make the numbers look good back at RHQ.
It will be hard returning kit to the stores, but its alot harder facing these people on weekends telling you how to do things you have been taught differently in the regs by people who have done it for real, because in my experience these people are so set in their ways they do not want to listen.
Good luck with your choice mate know exactly how you feel
 
#7
I echo most of the above, I sacked it.

There are those who do the TA because they want to serve, but because of work, can't commit to a full career, they are willing and able to deploy and do, they are not always regular atendees, or first in the queue for AT or curry nights.

Then there's the mongs, which for whatever reason are not turned away at the door, who see it as a hobby for other likeminded spastics, who like to wear the uniform but not do anything dangerous, like to tell everyone within earshot what they get up to at the weekend and are generally a ******* embarrasment.

But it's ok, because these spastics will be promoted and they become "enablers".
 
#8
I echo most of the above, I sacked it.

There are those who do the TA because they want to serve, but because of work, can't commit to a full career, they are willing and able to deploy and do, they are not always regular atendees, or first in the queue for AT or curry nights.

Then there's the mongs, which for whatever reason are not turned away at the door, who see it as a hobby for other likeminded spastics, who like to wear the uniform but not do anything dangerous, like to tell everyone within earshot what they get up to at the weekend and are generally a ******* embarrasment.

But it's ok, because these spastics will be promoted and they become "enablers".
Facking well said that man.
 
#9
You will probably feel this way a good year, but stick at it at. Be an example to the new guys joining up, and pass on your knowledge. Don't worry about those who haven't manned up.
Don't be a know it all, because you don't, and remember you're no super soldier just because the calibre of your seniors leaves a lot to be desired.
 
#10
I have to admit that post tour from my 3 tours I've felt somewhat remote from the rest of the TA "process."

However, 6 months down line and I'm plodding on again.

The Post Tour highlights tend to be daft things, like crap inter platoon Comp weekends when you whip out the SOP's issued to you for the tour you've just come from and tell the DS " GOC MND-SW says This is what you do or else..."

Made I laugh when the PC and 2 full screws pulled that one on 3 stands in quick sucession
 
#11
Guys many thanks for all your replys, I agree with what everyone said. I'm not giving it big time but it is just depressing.
I'm going to give some time out and see how it goes. As we are aware - I love being in the army.
Its a shame that us like minded people aren't running these units - things might be different. One of the great parts of the army is the comradeship - you guys have it and its makes me feel better about the army.
We stand proud!
 
#12
mate, not many bods return after taking a leave of absence. If you want like minded people running your unit step up to the plate - or you could quit because of lesser men
 
#13
dear fellow TA personel.

i do agree, that after completing a ''tour'', life in the TA can seem a little bland, yes, the TA has its ''war dodgers'', however, YOU have shown YOUR worth and stood next to our brother regulars to do, and complete, a worthwhile job.
WE, parade on drill nights, and see ''some'' hopeless cases of humanaty, be polite, beacause YOU know ''you'' did YOUR bit'

in summery, hang on in, stand tall, be proud that your a ''STAB''...............
WE stabs dont get many favours, but we do have pride........

HANG ON IN dont let the weak grind you down,
 

Pob02

War Hero
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#14
I think you need to check your Caps Lock .. . . . .
 
#15
your= YOUR=you
 
#16
I came back from FTRS to find that a complete dick I'd last seen as a Captain was now CO and even more of a dick...went back on FTRS !

Seriously, its the same with many voluntary organisations, they reach a point where the hierarchy get stuck in a rut, same old faces rotating about and if you are not part of the clique you feel excluded. Dropping out just makes it worse and reinforces the wasters who ca say " See, there is no-one else to do my job..." Hang in there, press for relevant training and diplomatically make your point to the CoC. The PSI, at least, should be on your wavelength ?
 
#17
We have the same in our unit, and I felt the same coming back from my Telic tour. However, we have started to get those who have just come back to organise a weekend based on their experiences, so everyone gets to benefit: you get the benefit of passing on your valuable knowledge to the new soldiers - or those who haven't been on tour for a few years -and everyone gets the benefit from learning new skills and ways of operating. May I suggest you go to your PSI and ask to organise such a weekend? He/she will only be only too pleased not to do any work for a weekend except the booking of vehicles/ammo etc.
 
#18
I came back from FTRS to find that a complete dick I'd last seen as a Captain was now CO and even more of a dick...went back on FTRS !

Seriously, its the same with many voluntary organisations, they reach a point where the hierarchy get stuck in a rut, same old faces rotating about and if you are not part of the clique you feel excluded. Dropping out just makes it worse and reinforces the wasters who ca say " See, there is no-one else to do my job..." Hang in there, press for relevant training and diplomatically make your point to the CoC. The PSI, at least, should be on your wavelength ?
I'd say it's the same of most careers, shit floats, you always get some fat, lazy, stupid **** who's been somewhere for 10-15 years and risen to middle management, despite being a useless shite, just by keeping his head down and not pissing too many people off.

In some ways you have to genuinely admire their persistance, despite being totally ******* useless at the chosen path they stuck with it.

The TA is worse for this in many ways, because the best and the brightest want to get out there and do the job for real, the dribblers who've done the courses and turned up every week whilst others were away fighting wars are now seniors.

The regular Army doesn't seem to suffer from this as bad, because everyone is there in the same place for the same length of time, it pays to be a winner and the cream seems to rise to the top a bit more.

If this comes across as a bitter whinge, it's not, I really do admire those who go in week in week out and keep the lights on in the TAC, someone has to, but if I'm honest they're not always the best or the bravest soldiers.

The solution, taken by better men than myself would be to bite your tongue, stick it out and try and change things for the better, so I hope some of the "lemmings" stay in and provide the TA with more of the seniors the toms can look up to.
 
#19
And if you leave, it sounds soppy since you'll see them every now and then, but you will miss your mates, and feel bad when you see them going off for another jolly in the desert.
 
#20
And if you leave, it sounds soppy since you'll see them every now and then, but you will miss your mates, and feel bad when you see them going off for another jolly in the desert.
well said dear bold............
dont leave, try and make change,
 

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