The axe is going to fall somewhere, luckily it wasn't on MP's expenses or anything vaguely important like the PM's wife's clothing budget or overseas aid. Defence of the realm is bollocks, who have we p1ssed off lately? :roll:
That doesn't really fit though...as I can't see this being a popular move with anyone outside the Labour Party and NUS. Talking to some of my oppoes, the only explanation we could come up with was that someone's bluff got called. For example:
Civil Serpent: "We need you to cut back expenditure by Â£50 million without cutting back on coverage"
Military Bod: "What? The only way we could do that would be to stop training the TA... and that'd be absolutely ridic-"
""Secondly, we want to broaden the scope of Fairtrade products beyond tea and coffee to other areas and thirdly, we want to make sure that we're also able to persuade other retailers to come on board and to offer Fairtrade products.''"
So that's alright, then. Pay some guys to think up new exotic organic products, rather than pay our volunteers to train to defend the national interest.
here here! Just been told that we've got no two-week courses training unless it's classed as pre-deployment training. Great. Train me two weeks before I deploy, and then wonder why I don't have the experience to do anything but wet myself.
Luckily the bar at my Regiment is nearly 500 years old and they make a tidy profit renting it out for parties and corporate events, they won't close it, it brings in far too much wedge.
Seriously though, this cut in training has been on the cards for ages. I say embrace it. Far too many biffs and fcukwits are in the TA just because it's an interesting hobby. I'm sure it is the same in the RNR.
A worryingly large amount of people bring absolutely fcuk all to the party. Hopefully this cut in training and the recent cull of the sigs units will get rid of a few non-essential personnel.
The problem with cutting headcount (either as a positive measure or by neglect leading to natural wastage) in the RNR is that the focus on RNR Training Centres as the core means of maintaining cohesion and administering the Reserve is a very expensive way of doing it (even with cost sharing among RNR, RMR, URNU, AFCO, Uncle Tom Cobley and all).
Once numbers drop below a critical mass you might as well draw stumps across the whole lot (standfast a couple of skill areas that tend not to be Unit-centric in the first place eg FAA, Int, Media etc)
The big problem is Q- "When is a Reserve not a reserve?" A - "When it is being used". The NEED at the moment is boots on the ground so the TA, RMR, RNR, RAuxAF etc are all being used and the cost-benefit equation of maintaining the Reserves as before is even less attractive to the bean counters who have immediate short term worries that far outweight the longer term ones.