What are your plans for retention?

#1
At my unit, we are now looking to the future and have got our thinking hats how to keep people interested and in contact, with the hope that after this 6 month holiday that they will all return, keen as mustard.

We've had some ideas such

- 2 wednesdays a month of something fun, quizzes and the like
- or perhaps 1 saturday a month sports day for example and
- even looking far into the future to organising something BIG for everyone to look forward to, perhaps adventure training and the like.

So i ask you all, what is your unit going to do to keep you interested?
 
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#2
Along the same lines.

Probably going to meet every tuesday night to do sport or PT.
Possibility of some adventure training at some point. Other than that, there is not much else we can do other than the obvious of keeping communication open and frequent.

However, still not expecting to see as many faces come April.
Theres a lot of "If I can't get on a tour or FTRS, then I'm going regular"
 
#3
Good idea. Sports, quizzes, karaoke, social events, visits, etc, etc.

Why not push it up through the COC and other local units and set up a Brigade/Corps/Regt challenge? Might help with the contacts and getting attending numbers up.
 
#5
An interesting and involving military training plan in order to minimise skill fade and remind them why they joined in the first place.

Combine this with AT on the occassional weekend. Perhaps get a team training together to do toughguy in the New Year to keep the fitness up.

They can get curry and beer anywhere. (admittedly not so cheap!)
 
#8
I've suggested doing one of the http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ routes for H4H.

One, near complete, route covers all of our 3 TAC's - off road (and ends very near RTMC). Had a couple express interest, not intending everyone does the entire 80+mile route during the weekend more of a relay event. Does the Army have bikes to borrow????
 
#10
We're following a combined military and non-military training package, all at C1 with the now standard exclusion of T&S. The basic programme allows SUTs to be taught their continuation training at both our Sqn locations whilst respective Phase 2+ plus troops do a combination of military skills and other activities. This training takes place twice a month and is always immediately prior to a recruit weekend at a RTC. This not only allows cohesion of the Sqn, but also permits the Comd team to conduct planning and MS.

Training activities include Command Tasks, a NAVEX, rock climbing, DCCT and .22 range work, a a specialist weapons demo and unarmed combat lessons. On top of this, we have one weekend per month scheduled for other bonding activities, helpfully one falls on Remembrance weekend and will include time for outstanding MATTs, our December weekend includes our Sqn Winter Ball and more MATTs, then a battlefield tour in Jan, AT in Feb and currently being planned, a "how far can you go in 72 hours in a car less costing less than £250" weekend... I'm using a fair portion of our Sqn GPF to facilitate these weekends and minimise the cost where possible to the troops, figure what's the point of having money if you have no troops...

My intent is to have lost less than 5% of the real Sqn (not actual Orbat) by start of the new training year.
 
#11
.22 range work. Tell us more.

msr
 
#13
Dry_Clean_Only said:
Well you find me some live or for that matter blank 5.56! Make do with what we have, is the only option for now. Honestly msr...
OK, let me make it simple:

1) Which rifles are you using?

2) Where are you getting the ammunition from?

3) which range are you using?

4) What are you doing about safety?

5) Sqn GPF or Sqn funds?



msr
 
#14
msr said:
Dry_Clean_Only said:
Well you find me some live or for that matter blank 5.56! Make do with what we have, is the only option for now. Honestly msr...
OK, let me make it simple:

1) Which rifles are you using?

Cadet Rifles since we can't fit the mod to the A2

2) Where are you getting the ammunition from?

Remaining .22 ammo held in our bunker

3) which range are you using?

The one in our TAC

4) What are you doing about safety?

I have over eight trained RMQ1-3, and another 12 CMCQs available

5) Sqn GPF or Sqn funds?

Fair point, Sqn funds.

Happy?



msr
 
#15
As long as the lads have voted the money out ;)

msr
 
#16
msr said:
As long as the lads have voted the money out ;)

msr
Oh yes it will be done by the book, and also monies from the Sqn GPF as well (income related). If it doesn't support the retention of the troops, then there is sweet feck all reason for doing it, their money, their retention. Better than spending it on pizza. :-D
 
#17
#18
Dry_Clean_Only said:
We're following a combined military and non-military training package, all at C1 with the now standard exclusion of T&S. .
Thank feck. I thought we were the only ones keen to keep soldiering instead of turning into some kind of pub quiz/curry night team.

Can someone tell me why people are moving from what I presume is a packed military training programme drawn up for the next few months to a bunch of stuff that the boys could do with their mates.

People join to soldier not to do pub quizzes. OK, with half the drill nights you have to prioritise but why not prioritise the interesting things, for us, things like VPXs, sand table exercises, do some inter troop PT/AFV rec/weapons drill competitons. In many ways we have only lost one drill night as the fourth was always CFTs on vehicles and kit.

Throw in a curry if you want at the end to help the retention but if you go non military how will you have any idea:
Who should go for a JNCO cadre if one happens?
What level you should pitch an ftx at if and when we get cash to do one?
Who is ready to go on ops when they volunteer?

It's a sh!t sandwich, and hey, come April they may shut us down for good but until then lets at least have a bit of spirit
 
#19
Pork_Pie said:
sandy_boots said:
Do a half marathon early next year.

Runners world events search
Half marathons? Are we talking about the same TA?
...and why not? 3 R WELSH did this very thing last week - very well attended, nice little bit of publicity and raised £10,000 for HfH and the ABF to boot.
 
#20
What about selecting some charity we can all support, say ABF or British Legion and every unit organises weekly phys at C2 and in March we all partake in some form of mass TA sponsored run or walk or cycle all on the same day. We can show how we have all come together en masse to stay together and support our fallen comrades. TA 2010 Charity Support Day?

Lets use our time between now and then to prepare. They might knock us but we must show them we are not beaten, we are better than that.
 
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