Would you still turn up

#1
I was having a chat with a mate(regular) and he was saying that all TA personnel would had in there uniform if the powers that be scrapped the bounty.
So how many do it just for that.
 
#2
utter crap!! I, for one, would still be there!
It's NOT about the money, is it?
 
#4
Might not turn up for that weekend in febuary :D .To be honest the pay and the bounty sort of keeps the wife off my back .Its nice to have and probably miss it if it went .but would still turn up when the wife let me.
 
#5
What a bone comment, :roll:

Say the average ( not a nig) Tom/LCpl earning approx £50 per day incl travel , no doubt someone will correct me on the exact amounts now). Serves for say 30 Days i.e just over the minimum ( yes we know many do a hell of a lot more) Thats £1500 + 5 year bounty thats another £1556.

Perhaps you Reg mate would be slightly peeved if someone halved their take home after sacrificing their weekends and annual leave and didn't bother with the generous pension terms either.

Ironically I never joined the TA for the brass; as its hardly highly paid to begin with. But like any career that progresses you do expect to get paid the going rate as you climb the greasy pole. :wink:
 
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#6
Your mate obviously doesn’t get paid very well if he considers our bounty to be a major motivating factor for a years work.

It’s a nice little bonus, nothing more.
 
#7
I think a lot of regulars would leave if the non-contributory pension was taken away. Come to think of it, they'd all probably leave the army if the government were to take their pay away

Perhaps they should make Op Tours all Cat C training.

Just shows the lack of commitment in the regulars... eh..?
 
#9
Take the bounty away and what incentive are we left with?

Training/Qualifications
Regular updates
Travel
A chance to stitch up mates for a giggle without too much fear of 'them' in HR sending a UnPC snottogram
Fitness
Guns mud rain snow wind tanks bombs
The fukc about factor
On the bus off the bus
Crap accommodation
Op tours
Adventure drinking
Great mates
Social events, reunions

I'm sure there's plenty more to be added to the list.

So would we hand in our uniforms? I think not.

(£1500 - what does that buy these days?)
 
#11
Well said CC_TA!

The regs have always had a major grievance about the bounty. What they do not realise is that it money being held back during the year to ensure that we turn up, pass the necessary MATTs, and are deemed efficient.

It is not a bonus.
 
#12
Are one word answers allowed here if so would I still turn up if they took the bounty away

Yes
 
#13
Of course not, if it was about money, I wouldnt be in the TA, I earn about x7 the amount the TA pay me if I work a sunday, but more often than not, I chuck them in, in favour of a T.A weekend.

As for bounty, its a nice little extra, but so are the commitment bonus & financial rentention incentives the regs get for staying in, what is it now, about £10,000 for doing 6 years, thats about £1666 a year give or take a few quid would they leave in their droves if these were stopped?
 
#14
TA;

If you are adequate/up to scratch/qualified/useful you get 'x' pounds

If you are absent/below par/unqualified/not useful you get 'x' pounds minus £382 to £1500

Regular Army;

If you are adequate/up to scratch/qualified/useful you get 'x' pounds

If you are absent/below par/unqualified/not useful you still get 'x' pounds

The difference is, if regs have an absent/below par/unqualified/not useful soldier - comrades have to do more work to cover or TA/Reservists have to fill the gap.
 
#16
didn't even realise there was a bounty until some time after i'd joined, bonus! but not the motivating factor.

I don't think anyone I know joined the TA for the money.

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#17
Only a small minority of employers have given me extra leave for Reserve activities above my annual entitlement. Over the years this has often meant consuming annual leave or taking unpaid absence (thereby annoying the Domestic CoS). Earning my bounty has been a small compensation for this but I would still certainly have turned up anyway.

Nowadays I'm in the lucky position of being self-employed and well remunerated for my area of expertise. If I do one week with the TA I lose twice as much as the whole annual bounty compensates me for. Yet I still keep turning up.... :D

After 14 years in the TA I had a brief period as a civilian (courtesy of being faffed around by the RAuxAF) - it was a very odd feeling being out, ex, former... it was actually a relief to be re-attested and back on the inside of the Big Green Machine.

In short, I do not do this for the money.
 
#19
Barrack Room Lawyer said:
but so are the commitment bonus & financial rentention incentives the regs get for staying in, what is it now, about £10,000 for doing 6 years, thats about £1666 a year give or take a few quid would they leave in their droves if these were stopped?
Yes? That's why they get them and rotate them around the shortage categories every couple of years or so?

Personally - the bounty is nice, makes sod all difference to whether I turn up or not.
 
#20
Never even considered the bounty when i joined the TA
for keeping the PSI off my back over the previous year, turning up to training weekends etc, nice little beer voucher scheme.
Nothing more, if it was binned , i suspect all the usual guys/gals who turn up now would still do so.
TA is a mind set
most regs can't get that into their heads(their problem)
 

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