Might not turn up for that weekend in febuary .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.
Say the average ( not a nig) Tom/LCpl earning approx Â£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 Â£1500 + 5 year bounty thats another Â£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.
Take the bounty away and what incentive are we left with?
A chance to stitch up mates for a giggle without too much fear of 'them' in HR sending a UnPC snottogram
Guns mud rain snow wind tanks bombs
The fukc about factor
On the bus off the bus
Social events, reunions
I'm sure there's plenty more to be added to the list.
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.
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 Â£10,000 for doing 6 years, thats about Â£1666 a year give or take a few quid would they leave in their droves if these were stopped?
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....
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.
but so are the commitment bonus & financial rentention incentives the regs get for staying in, what is it now, about Â£10,000 for doing 6 years, thats about Â£1666 a year give or take a few quid would they leave in their droves if these were stopped?
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)