Volunteer Reserve

#1
Currently in 1 Civ Div and everything is going well at the moment, I've been out 4 years.

I've just been chatting with one of my mates and apparently I'm on the Volunteer Reserves list, which means I could get called up at any time, if they should decide to invade Iran or something. This would totally Fcuk life up for me.

He did go on to say that he paid 30 DM (some time ago) to get his name taken off the list.

Is this true? and how do you go about getting off the list?
 

ugly

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#2
Not heard that one before?
 
#3
Move house and don't tell Glasgow, or leave a forwarding address! worked for me, haven't heard a thing from them in a couple of years. Long may that continue. Alternatively, return any correspondence from Glasgee with 'No longer at this address' written on it.

Before anyone gets on their high horse, went wherever i was told and did what i was told for 10 years. Just wouldn't put on a uniform again for the likes of Bliar & co.
 

ugly

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#4
The thing is I have heard of regular reserve and Volunteer reserve (ta) but not ex reg voluntary reserve!
 
#5
Its easy for the MOD to track you down if you work for a company they know your NI number therefore can find your employer who passes on your details, its happened to me.

Not sure which reserve I'm on, just know I may get called up.

Sunshineboy
 
#6
He did go on to say that he paid 30 DM
No no no.

You spend, allowing for inflation etc, that much a day on pies. That way they won't bother calling you up. Trust me it works, I look like Mr Creosote but have never got the brown envelope.
 

ugly

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#7
GwaiLo said:
He did go on to say that he paid 30 DM
No no no.

You spend, allowing for inflation etc, that much a day on pies. That way they won't bother calling you up. Trust me it works, I look like Mr Creosote but have never got the brown envelope.
That is my chat up line!
 
#8
Went to RTMC in Notts last year for me pre Iraq admin, loads of bods there for Iraq, Stan, Bosnia and various other little government holidays. There were about 20 odd bods who didn't turn up after their call up papers.

(Was told by staff they would not be chased up as there were plenty of bods willing to fill the gaps. - But don't tell anyone!!!) :D

CC_TA

(Failed medical hence not being in the sandpit at the moment.)
 

ugly

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#9
Sounds good, if they arent chasing reg reserves now then they will find it difficult to do so later!
 
#10
Its all well and good not chaseing regular reserve now, but what if they change their minds? or target certain specialist trades? and I don't want to look like Mr Creosote, although I'm heading in that direction.
Seriously does anybody know of a way to get off it?
 

OldSnowy

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#11
For GW1, many indeed were the Reg Reserves chased - and pretty poor was the response. In short, this is why the TA are now called 'The Reserve of Choice' - it is the 'choice' as opposed to the Reg Reserve. Meanwhile, the RN and RAF, for example, simply don't bother even attempting to keep tabs on their ex-Regs!

However, there are a LOT of Reg Reserves on Ops now, and over the past few years - almost all having volunteered to do so. You may be surprised, but there are people who like to go on Ops, and who leave the Army as they are not going on enough. They can do more Tours, when they want to, from the Reg Reserve. I will check up, but I'm pretty sure it's over 100 of the 600+ or so Reserves mobilised at the moment, and most are 'repeat offender', who actually like it.

So, if you are woried, don't be. Unless the Russians come over the Belarus/Estonian/Polish border, you are safe. OF course, there is always the chance of Op Iranian Freedom....
 
#12
There were about 20 odd bods who didn't turn up after their call up papers.
Still on my way, doors on the bus aren't wide enough.

there is always the chance of Op Iranian Freedom
Hmmm, OK, I'll think about it. But will there be pies?
 

ugly

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#13
Thats if the RN and RM havent surrended first and eaten them all!
 

RP578

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#14
OldSnowy said:
However, there are a LOT of Reg Reserves on Ops now, and over the past few years - almost all having volunteered to do so. You may be surprised, but there are people who like to go on Ops, and who leave the Army as they are not going on enough. They can do more Tours, when they want to, from the Reg Reserve. I will check up, but I'm pretty sure it's over 100 of the 600+ or so Reserves mobilised at the moment, and most are 'repeat offender', who actually like it.
Was definitely my experience at Chilwell. Half our cadre were Reg Reserves and the one before had been entirely Reg Reserve. They'd all gotten letters from Glasgow begging them to consider a tour in a specific theatre (in our case Iraq) and as stated abbove many were habitual Op-tourists.

I mentioned this to many young Toms in Iraq who were disgruntled with the day to day bullshit/stagging on of the peacetime regular army and were thinking of signing-off after their tours. Many were surprisingly unaware of the options of going on tour as a Territorial or Reg Reservist.
 

ugly

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#15
I see your point, I actually enjoyed the bits between tours as it gave me a stable life for almost 18 months at a time!
I pvr'd close to trhe end of a 2 year in COP as I couldnt face 2 years stagging on in Berlin. If there had been other options available perhaps I would have stayed in!
I certainly though wouldnt have turned up as a reg reservist for a sandpit tour. Not what I regard as the country in danger. Bush's desert adventures sponsored by the Blair project dont justify my risking my life. GW1 perhaps but nothing since!
I am not denigrating those who went but unless the whole army is deployed I cant see the justification of calling up the reserves. If the call up is to release regs for ops then possibly but not much hope as an ex grunt. Thankfully I was MD from my reserve so I have never had to argue the toss and now I'm too old anyway. Call me up for dads army yes!
 
#16
ugly said:
I see your point, I actually enjoyed the bits between tours as it gave me a stable life for almost 18 months at a time!
I pvr'd close to trhe end of a 2 year in COP as I couldnt face 2 years stagging on in Berlin. If there had been other options available perhaps I would have stayed in!
I certainly though wouldnt have turned up as a reg reservist for a sandpit tour. Not what I regard as the country in danger. Bush's desert adventures sponsored by the Blair project dont justify my risking my life. GW1 perhaps but nothing since!
I am not denigrating those who went but unless the whole army is deployed I cant see the justification of calling up the reserves. If the call up is to release regs for ops then possibly but not much hope as an ex grunt. Thankfully I was MD from my reserve so I have never had to argue the toss and now I'm too old anyway. Call me up for dads army yes!
I think Dad's army is all the country's rifle clubs wheeled out in a time of national uber emergency so yes, you're in it!
 
#17
My point exactly Ugly, if the country was in danger of being invaded I would accept a call up. These operations in the sand pits have motives other than defence in my opinion. I joined when I was 20 with no commitments, now I have 2children, wife, mortgage and a civvie career, this could all get fcuked up by a call up for Iranian freedom or something.

Going back to the original point does anybody know if you can pay to get off the reserve list?
 

ugly

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#18
Sunshineboy said:
My point exactly Ugly, if the country was in danger of being invaded I would accept a call up. These operations in the sand pits have motives other than defence in my opinion. I joined when I was 20 with no commitments, now I have 2children, wife, mortgage and a civvie career, this could all get fcuked up by a call up for Iranian freedom or something.

Going back to the original point does anybody know if you can pay to get off the reserve list?
My bold, No is the short answer unless you phone up when your reserve annual papers drop through the letter box and say you are medically unfit, pay off a dodgy doctor and you're ok, otherwise until you are 40? You are fecked son!
Or like me get wrecked in a car smash!
 
#19
ugly said:
Sunshineboy said:
My point exactly Ugly, if the country was in danger of being invaded I would accept a call up. These operations in the sand pits have motives other than defence in my opinion. I joined when I was 20 with no commitments, now I have 2children, wife, mortgage and a civvie career, this could all get fcuked up by a call up for Iranian freedom or something.

Going back to the original point does anybody know if you can pay to get off the reserve list?
My bold, No is the short answer unless you phone up when your reserve annual papers drop through the letter box and say you are medically unfit, pay off a dodgy doctor and you're ok, otherwise until you are 40? You are fecked son!
Or like me get wrecked in a car smash!
Siht, just as I thought, better start emergency proceedures. Can you confirm this rumour:

I also heard that if you're a company director you can avoid getting called up as well?
 

ugly

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#20
Just dont go!
 

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