Variable Engagement - Good for the Corps?


Not being at a major RLC unit, I've heard very little about how the Corps will engage with VENG. I guess there are Pros and Cons - But more of which, i'm not sure.
I'm not aware that any questionaire or survey for opinion has come from DRLC, or have I missed it?
What's the overall opinion out there RLC? :?

Are you DRLC?

The Variable Engagement will invariably be largely capitalised upon by Mothers of young children, who would otherwise leave the Service or arrange full-time child-care. A very good idea in principle; but one that could, in the short term, reduce the pool from which we populate our operational commitments.

I am not being negative. This is a good idea as it may preserve/create the conditions for some quality females to remain in the Service beyond the infancy of their children/child.

This could be managed well - in concert with shoe-horning the malingerers out of comfortable corners and into the LAND Army wherin they will at last play their part and deploy...or get booted out.


I was thinking more along the lines of VENG being instated for various CEGS and thus enhancing ones committed date up from 22 years in increments, dependent on CEG. I believe it will allow an extension to 27 and 35 years depending (like the RAF and RN do with WO). This has massive implications for our JNCOs and recruits joining the RLC now.
I'm intrigued to know what the lowest rank will be that's offered VENG, Sgt - Cpl?


War Hero
VEng, not an excuse for single mums to do flexi time but the new way our careers are going. No questionairre as it will be up to the system whether they want you to do extra couple of years then you decide if you want to.

Comes in at begining of 08 apparently. 1st phase is for 12 years then if you satisfy the criteria you get offered another 12 years, meaning you serve 24 instead of 22 years. If suitable you could then be offered further short extensions to service. What is currently known as Long Service or NRPS.

AGC already offered out deals to those it wants to take up new option. RLC yet to commit, title gives it away Reallt Large Corps, as more to consider. Rumours range from next week to May 07 for announcement. Main worry for those who leave around summer 08 is how will offer affect them, the rest will crack on.

There's a few DIN's out there on the subject if you can access them or failing that spk to Admin office or big helpful chap in Deepcut. You'll find him in the phonebook under CRSM!!


War Hero
Latest rumour is that VEng will be offered to all those serving in RLC as at 01 Jan 08. Any truth in it and as a crusty old git would that mean new posting or remain in post?

I couldn't handle another 15 years on top with the scrotes we've got coming in now. The Army has changed massively in the last ten years, what's it going to be like in another ten.

Strima, crusty old barsteward!!!!


War Hero
If you are RLC and due out before 1 Jan 10, VEng is not going to be offered to you. The transition from current TACOS to VEng is still being worked out. But to sustain promotion, the old and bold will not simply stag on blocking up the ranks. Some, a very few, will offered service beyond 24 yrs. But don't hold your breath.


War Hero
Has anyone actually received a brief on this subject or is it all supposition from the very vague information released about 6 months ago?

I've heard various rumours however, the best ones include "you will be offered 2 years but if you decline then they will call you off from your reserve liability!" Now that's a quality rumour and one which should get a good spectrum of reactions ranging from, "oh good", to desks being kicked to tiny splinters.
You will be identified on your 14 year FCR if you are a candidate for VEng


War Hero
My comment related to people in their final 2 yrs of service ROD 1 Jan 08 - 1 Jan 10. They will not be offered the 24 yr Stage 2 VEng in order to ensure that the promotion system did not stop completely. Almost all others will be offered the 24 yr Stage 2 VEng.


Having had the opportunity to chat to the 'Big Fella' regarding this, all is not as it may have initially seemed. There are certain dates and options still being discussed but I personally see it as a major step forward.

No other major company in its right mind would get rid of its top boys and girls at the height of their knowledge and capabilities. Civvi street are beginning to wise up to the potential of soldiers as problem solvers and solution makers.

The army needs to look at how its does its business in a much smarter way. Officers have being looking after themselves for years and doing a roaring trade in careers to 55. It about time the real workers were offered similar career patterns.

Whilst I admire this pragmatic approach to making the Army a truly lifelong career it will not be for all. There will be some pain for all when promotion ladders and speed of promotion change but as ever if you are good enough you will still achieve all you want.

For those who also think that subjects like this require questionnaire's, get a grip. The Army is not a democracy!!!

Anyway, as the 'Big Fella' said, 'Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated'!!!


Anyway, as the 'Big Fella' said, 'Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated'!!!

Thats exactly what he said when he handed the AT/ATO trade over to the Royal Engineers. It must just roll off the tongue naturally now :!:
I have been following the progress of VENG with some interest, although I am not entirely certain as to how attractive the package really is.

Bear with me, I may be missing something here - but say for instance that at your 22 year point you are entitled to an immediate pension, and let's just assume that the amount you will get is about £500pcm (more or less).

In real terms, the army is asking you to do the same job under the same terms and conditions of service for £500 a month less - because that's how much you would have received if you had have stayed in bed.

Now, I appreciate that the extra time you do in colour service will count towards a pension, but unless the annual increase is about £6k, then in real terms you will have lost out by staying in.

All this of course assumes that you can get a job that pays the amount you earn now (minus £500 - or whatever your pension is).

I appreciate that some soldiers would pay the army to stay in, and others may not be in the best position to leave (house prices etc), but in real terms you are on a loser with this one (purely financially speaking)
Dibble said:
Thats exactly what he said when he handed the AT/ATO trade over to the Royal Engineers. It must just roll off the tongue naturally now :!:

I take it that your trade is confirmed as going now?

It has been on the cards for a long time though, so I can hardly say I am surprised. On the plus side though it opens up more postings though surely, and a greater opportunity for other specialisms.

Not too sure about the RLC ATOs though - what's going to happen to them, I expect they will just go mainstream RLC as I can't really see what the RE would want them for. Food for thought I suppose.


This debate over VEng is all very noble - who gets it who doesn't? However, we were all asked to make a choice over which type of pension we wanted a while back. When you bothered to sit down and work out the maths, it was apparent that the new system was more appealing the longer you stayed in for. So in order to make sure my retirement beach bar had the best chance, I posed the question to records - "which trades if any will be getting offered extended service?" through my CofC. The answer given at the time was that no one in the RLC would get VEng as it was unmanageable for all trades.

As it now appears that this was as the politicians would put it - "an oversight". Are we now going to be given another chance on deciding which pension is best for us, if we are to be offered an extension?
On the last SSgt - WO2 board there was at least one Staffy that picked up who was passed his 22, this must mean he is now on VEng

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