War dodging in the TA (stupid question?)

#1
This might be a stupid question but here goes.

I left the regular Army about three years ago but being a bit of a pervert I miss the guns, communal showers and endless conversations about the characteristics of a 5.56 round so am thinking about joing the TA.

I know it's like asking to join a football team but not play on Sundays so ready for the abuse to pour - the problem is I cant take 6 months out of my job. I run a business which I can't leave alone for more than a few weeks without it going tits up. This would put me and the people who I employ in the sh1t if I deployed for more than a few weeks. I have thus far assumed that this rules me out of joining the TA in the current climate but thought I'd ask..

Can I join the TA but NOT delpoy?? Has anyone got any experience of TA war dodging? Can it be done! :?:
 
#5
Might be best not to in your case because war is a popular game now a days and the TA is a dice, they will roll you over the board and move your figure a few steps closer to war and if you don't need that then don't open the game box and you'll be fine. Good Q, Stupid A

:D
 
#6
At the moment it is voluntary if you want to go to war might well change in the future.If you cant go under any circumstances best not sign up.Or at least wait till gordon brown brings everyone home as its far too exspensive and we are needed to put down cornish udi :D .
 
#8
Thanks guys.

Good advice.
I had a chat with a local PSAO this afternoon as well; he pointed out that I'm currently on the reserve list anyway and that IF I got compulsary mobilisation without volunteering then I'd have a strong case for appeal.

However, he also said in terms of the internal poltics, having a volunteer who effectively doesn't actualy want to volunteer would be frowned upon.. which is a good point.

Basically, what I'm hearing is that it can be done but probably not advisable.
 
#9
Bottom line is its better to have you in the TA keeping your skills current than getting fat in the regular reserve, there are plenty of people who have not gone away even during the big call ups. So give it a go. One of the biggest problems my last unit had was keeping the training going when the bulk of the coy had been deployed leaving UN qualified G4 type lurkers to train recruits. So join anyway the TA needs you. If the army really needs you it will get you as a Reg Reservist.
 
#10
F*@k it. Why not. Can anyone recommend an Infantry unit in the Reading/Newbury area?
 

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#11
FEASG said:
Bottom line is its better to have you in the TA keeping your skills current than getting fat in the regular reserve, there are plenty of people who have not gone away even during the big call ups. So give it a go. One of the biggest problems my last unit had was keeping the training going when the bulk of the coy had been deployed leaving UN qualified G4 type lurkers to train recruits. So join anyway the TA needs you. If the army really needs you it will get you as a Reg Reservist.
I was ready for the call in GW1 but it never came, I suppose Infantrymen werent needed!
I was laughing at all the lads in the TA I was taking a course with who were worried then about the call up. I said that even if they cleared out BAOR and UKLF they still wouldnt mobilise the TA. I was right. They called up a field hospital and I know of a Postie on reg reserves from the Navy who was called up and sent to Pompey to paint signs! He lost his job on release. His immediate supervisors surname was Hussein, thats why it sticks in my mind. I was teaching a B3 Assault pioneers course at St Martins Plain when the ground war started!
 
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#13
xinflurker said:
I run a business which I can't leave alone for more than a few weeks without it going tits up. This would put me and the people who I employ in the sh1t if I deployed for more than a few weeks.
Forget Op tours, if leaving your business unattended for "more than a few weeks" is going to cause dramas, what about Annual Camp? Career Courses? Training Weekends?
 

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#14
If you cant manage camp then how can you ever go on holiday? Roughly similar amount of time!
 
#15
I would have thought that the idea of getting away from Reading, was reason enough to get in to the TA? :x

A weekend, annual camp, deployment, seven years before the mast. All seem good to me, compared to a night ion Reading! :twisted:
 
#16
Foz - A couple of weeks here and there doesn't hurt too much, particularly if you choose the quiet times of the year and can keep in touch on a mobile/email. Its more a case of being out of touch with customers for a few months that's the problem. Hard won customers will just switch to another supplier and will be hard to win back again.
 
#17
IndianaDel said:
I would have thought that the idea of getting away from Reading, was reason enough to get in to the TA? :x

A weekend, annual camp, deployment, seven years before the mast. All seem good to me, compared to a night ion Reading! :twisted:
My word whats Reading done to upset you? Not a Blades fan are you!
 
#18
xinflurker said:
F*@k it. Why not. Can anyone recommend an Infantry unit in the Reading/Newbury area?
Sadly since the demise of the Fighting Wessex Wyverns, there is only a Inf unit in Reading nowadays who appear to have been rebadged that many times, even they dont know who they belong to this week!, You could go to Oxford but they are badged Rifles now as the Brock boys are, you could venture to Farnham for a bit of PWRR action but a couple of non inf alternatives are:
Hermitage near Newbury, a RE Geographic Engineer Group
or
Oxford 202 Field Hospital

Dont know FA about the Hermitage mob but used to be with 202 who are well worth a look!

Try checking out DR Evil's website listed elsewhere is this forum.

Hope this helps.....UR'Z!!!
 
#19
I know a chicken sh*t STAB that left the TA to avoid call up but has rejoined now that it's voluntary call up. W*nker.

If you take the Kings Shilling you should fight when required.
 
#20
xinflurker said:
F*@k it. Why not. Can anyone recommend an Infantry unit in the Reading/Newbury area?
IT would be 7 Rifles this battalion has done i think 5/6 tours in the last 3 years its about to be deployed to helmand so u might want to look about before joining this lot
 

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