nelsons_blood said:I reckon a few of you blowing the RNR trumpet need a bit of a wake-up call!! There is so much I would like to reply to, however for starters....
1. Funding is tight everywhere within the MoD therefore training for reserve forces will never be the No 1 priority, no matter how much you feel you need it.
2. Training for the reserve forces generally prevents regulars from seeing their families during a weekend off, or are you suggesting that this should be the case?
3. Members of the RNR employed in a full time (FTRS) capacity are certainly of the opinion that the RN operates between 0800 - 1600 and that everything can wait until tomorrow morning. All very quick to start shouting about their contracts. Their professionalism and committment is therefore called into question.
4. Early RNR involvement in Op Highbrow was minimal. If the RNR cannot be called up and expected at work the following day, then they are not much use at all for short notice / immediate response operations.
5. There is obviously a requirement for the RNR, however, I suggest that the mindset of the RNR needs to be altered with expectations lowered as to what the RN will require from you. GSSR etc is a good idea, however if your training is not up to spec then you cannot expect to be sat around the table negotiating the solution to the middle-east problem.
Talk about contradictory statements! you say that the RN shouldn't have to give their weekends up and not see their families, so where are we supposed to get the training to get us to the standard that you refer to in point 4, to enable us to be 'called up and expected at work the next day'
As far as members of any branch of the armed forces having to forfeit time with their families to carry out a job, it seems to me to be irrelevant whether that time is given up to be operational or to train us civvies, surely that is a hazard of the job you joined up to do. I'm sick of this kind of attitude to the RNR or any other branch of the reserve forces, for example PSI's that ask to be drafted to an RNR unit and then dripping like a septic dick when they have to work the occasional weekend to assist with training of rnr's. (i'll give you a clue guys, PSI-Permanent staff INSTRUCTOR). Its in the job title. Grow up, cos like it or not we are part of the royal navy, and we are here to stay!