What shall i do ????

#1
My psao is to lazy to help send me on a tour. He says he pust me n ame down but never hear anything.

Is there anything i can do to getmyself overseas ????
 
#4
Foreign Legion?

Seriously, it strikes me that your PSAO (whatever that is) is not doing his job. Time to reach over his/her head I would say. Get yourself in somebody else's in tray.

PS. Good man.
 
#6
Phone CVHQ in Corsham there is a Major (whos name i can't remember)in charge of putting R Sigs bums on seats so to speak if you want a tour speak to him.

Good Luck
 
#8
Suppose your PSAO might be a bit p1ssed off but no it's an offical route. He gave us a presentation a couple of weeks ago and told us if we wanna go on ops phone him and he WILL find a place for us
 
#10
rsigslad said:
My psao is to lazy to help send me on a tour. He says he pust me n ame down but never hear anything.

Is there anything i can do to getmyself overseas ????
Good luck.
 

RP578

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#11
rsigslad said:
Will i get in the Sh*t for going down this route??
Other people have got in hot water for going over their PSAO/Chain of Command to said Major, so careful how you go about it. Out of interest mate, is your unit a part of 2 (NC) Sig Bde? There are several regiments in that Bde that have a track record of not mobilising volunteers. Others on here have donned foil hats and hinted at ulterior motives. I'd prefer to think it was just old fashioned incompetence though.

On the other hand, you could transfer to an infantry unit and your wishes would be fulfilled overnight!
 
#12
Before we all shoot off and tell you what you should do, tell us what qualifications yuo have, how long have you been in and would you be of real value in theatre or just a sprog who needs another man /woman (I can be PC) to look after youI know that I'd be neither use nor ornament to a unit on active service and I've got 15 years VM ing under my belt. Mind you I'm knocking on the door of 70.
 

RP578

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#13
There's more than a grain of wisdom in craftsmanx's post. The fact is that a lot of trades aren't in as much demand as they were a couple of years back, especially with the drawn down in Iraq. The Sig Sqn which ran Bde HQ at Basra Air Station when I was there (Telic 7) had plenty of surplus bods underemployed with nothing to do most days except stag on and perform 'General Duties' like escorting the local civilian employees (LECs or "Choggies").

The infantry units were hard pushed for warm bodies, but as a rule they didn't take volunteers from other arms. I refer you to our earlier conversation on this matter:
Get Me Out There!

Have a serious think about what it is that you want out of the TA. If you are looking for a bit of action, as I mentioned above, you're best bet may be to rebadge. On the other hand, if you like what you do currently, but want a chance to "do it for real", your option might be narrowing now that our Bosnia commitment has ended and Telic is drawing down. Either way mate, good luck with it!
 

Bits

War Hero
#14
rsigslad

Where are you based??? (caveated with 'general area of the country' so you don't get caught out for slagging the PSAO!!)
 
#15
I am an RS OP Class 3 but have also done an ISIS Systems Managers Course Jocs System Managers and Security Officers Course and i done 1 Operational Tour
 
#16
RP578 said:
rsigslad said:
Will i get in the Sh*t for going down this route??
Other people have got in hot water for going over their PSAO/Chain of Command to said Major, so careful how you go about it. Out of interest mate, is your unit a part of 2 (NC) Sig Bde? There are several regiments in that Bde that have a track record of not mobilising volunteers. Others on here have donned foil hats and hinted at ulterior motives. I'd prefer to think it was just old fashioned incompetence though.

On the other hand, you could transfer to an infantry unit and your wishes would be fulfilled overnight![/quote]


Very True..all the tours you could wish for....Deep Joy 8O
 
#17
RP578 said:
rsigslad said:
Will i get in the Sh*t for going down this route??
Out of interest mate, is your unit a part of 2 (NC) Sig Bde? There are several regiments in that Bde that have a track record of not mobilising volunteers. Others on here have donned foil hats and hinted at ulterior motives. I'd prefer to think it was just old fashioned incompetence though.
Their are reasons for most things, many Signals units have lost a large number of soldiers during the last few years. If soldiers mobilise, we loose the ability to regenerate, my Sqn sent a largish number to the Balkans, they've all gone.
That may sound bad (i.e. why have TA when you can't use them) but our main job is to provide ICS support to regional Bdes. We can't do that if our keen soldiers mobilise and then fcuk off.

That may sound defeatist or kissing butt.

But we have a large number of problems. The regular army is very soldier focused and develops them to high standards. In the TA we are pushing the same types towards commissions (LIAG, LCISG etc).
RSigsLad highlighted this with his quals, he has an IT Security Officer qual. He won't get to use it, the regulars will think he has too little rank (he should be a YofS) and the TA will ignore it as he isn't an officer.

soz ... rant mode ..... but read between the lines and you'll get what I was on about.

Lastly, this reg/TA thing. Its real and not a dig. We will try to fit civilian ways of working onto the TA, regular Sigs don't do that - we are a bit chalk and cheese but I firmly believe we can sort that.

aw god rant mode pt 2

p.s. Is the Bde YofS still a _____
 
#18
From that esteemed journal of record, TAQ:

There are currently 925 Reservists mobilised for operations
worldwide and there are always opportunities for individuals.
You can find details of the current requirements on the MCM
Div website, http://www.army.mod.uk/servingsoldier/career/
mcmdivs/ta/opportunities_mobilised_service.htm.

Should you be available and want to be considered, you should
ensure that you inform your unit immediately or make a direct
approach to MCM Div on the numbers below.

...

Contacts - Mobilisation Desk Staff:

OIC
Maj (Retd) Chris Morris Tel: 0141 224 8742

Head - Called Out Service
Lorna Hamilton Tel: 0141 224 8882
Note the bit in bold. Rsigslad cannot be bollocked for approaching either of those contacts above without informing his chain of command, because:

(a) TAQ said he had a choice; and anyway
(b) he has already informed his chain of command of his desire to be mobilised.

I mean, FFS, if he's keen to go and there's a decent job for him, then let him go.

If the reason his PSAO has not come up with an opportunity for him is that the kindly PSAO hasn't found a job which he thinks is good enough for him, then that is something PSAO should discuss with Rsigslad rather than decide unilaterally.

Also, from the TA MCM Div bit on www.army.mod.uk:

Should you wish to be mobilised and require further information as to what posts are currently available worldwide, including Iraq, please contact the relevant desk clerk listed below for further information in accordance with the first 3 letters of your surname, supplying them with your qualifications and when you are available for deployment.
Alpha Split contact numbers in accordance with your surname:

Civilian Dial Code: 0141 224 followed by Ext

A-D 94561 8762
E-G 94561 8749
H-K 94561 2120
L-N 94561 8791
O-R 94561 8887
S-V 94561 8809
W-Z 94561 8748
 

RP578

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#19
Dr_Evil said:
Rsigslad cannot be bollocked for approaching either of those contacts above without informing his chain of command
Cannot or should not? What's the odds that his unit has a standing SOP (no doubt mentioned on their Part One Orders) that ALL requests for mobilisation should be directed through the unit's chain of command?

As far as his immediate superiors are concerned, local rules beat some blurb on TAQ/ArmyNet/MoD Website like scissors beat paper.
 
#20
Dr_Evil said:
From that esteemed journal of record, TAQ:

There are currently 925 Reservists mobilised for operations
worldwide and there are always opportunities for individuals.
You can find details of the current requirements on the MCM
Div website, http://www.army.mod.uk/servingsoldier/career/
mcmdivs/ta/opportunities_mobilised_service.htm.

Should you be available and want to be considered, you should
ensure that you inform your unit immediately or make a direct
approach to MCM Div on the numbers below.

...

Contacts - Mobilisation Desk Staff:

OIC
Maj (Retd) Chris Morris Tel: 0141 224 8742

Head - Called Out Service
Lorna Hamilton Tel: 0141 224 8882
Note the bit in bold. Rsigslad cannot be bollocked for approaching either of those contacts above without informing his chain of command, because:

(a) TAQ said he had a choice; and anyway
(b) he has already informed his chain of command of his desire to be mobilised.

I mean, FFS, if he's keen to go and there's a decent job for him, then let him go.

If the reason his PSAO has not come up with an opportunity for him is that the kindly PSAO hasn't found a job which he thinks is good enough for him, then that is something PSAO should discuss with Rsigslad rather than decide unilaterally.

Also, from the TA MCM Div bit on www.army.mod.uk:

Should you wish to be mobilised and require further information as to what posts are currently available worldwide, including Iraq, please contact the relevant desk clerk listed below for further information in accordance with the first 3 letters of your surname, supplying them with your qualifications and when you are available for deployment.
Alpha Split contact numbers in accordance with your surname:

Civilian Dial Code: 0141 224 followed by Ext

A-D 94561 8762
E-G 94561 8749
H-K 94561 2120
L-N 94561 8791
O-R 94561 8887
S-V 94561 8809
W-Z 94561 8748
Dr Evil, I rang the Maj (Retd) and was told by one of his staff that TA should not be ringing this number, and should go through their unit.

This number is for reservists only, not TA!
 

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