Welfare for deployed reservists


I have recently taken on a role with welfare responsibilites for a TA unit. Being new to this role, I may have some questions regarding welfare issues for my deployed troops. I am aware of the agencies out there to offer me assistance, and the plethora of publications, but would also like to augment these with info from the coal-face. Is this the right forum to float these questions? I know it says Welfare in the title, but seems to be used predominantly for charity stuff.

Thanks in advance.


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Pee Kay,

it is some time since you posted but FWIW, there is a point of contact in the Army Families federation who has SPECIFIC role related to TA families - and that covers the whole gamut , not just wives/partners - who might need support while their loved one is on tour.

If you are not already in touch the AFF POC is:

Army Families Federation
Tel: Via Central Office 01980 615525

Email: TA@aff.org.uk

Tina is a former TA soldier herself so has a lot of personal knowledge and experience to bring to bear.

From her page:

Language training for TA families!

‘I’ll be off to arty em sea on Monday then brise 10 days later. I’ll be in theatre for an operation for 6 months but will get some are en are before coming home for some pottle. The you double you oh will be in touch. Bye!’

This is what Army speak sounds like to the family of a TA soldier before they deploy for the first time. (In the hope that some TA families are reading this, the translation is RTMC (Chilwell), RAF Brize Norton, the Theatre of Operations (ie Iraq), R&R (rest and recuperation ie leave), Post Op Tour Leave and Unit Welfare Officer) It’s easy for us all to forget just how hard it is to understand Army TLAs (three letter abbreviations!) and indeed the whole Army culture. I’ve met many TA families recently and their message is coming over loud and clear ‘Please speak English!’.

All you double you oh’s, Sea Oh’s and Oh Seas out there please take note!
Best of luck with your appointment.

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Feel free to pm me if you have any queries regarding welfare of TA pers who are either admitted to hospital in theatre, aeromedically evacuated to UK and/or admitted to RCDM or other UK hospital.

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