GSSR Branch Badge

mazza_magoo

Lantern Swinger
trehorn said:
i asked in our unit for the GSSR branch and was told by the Chief SA that he wasnt aware that it was being issued yet. Talk about finger on the pulse! to be honest i dont think he realised that one existed.
I'm fed up of getting pinged for bloody sparkers duty just because i still have the pegasus wings. Granted they look much better that the new GSSR badge but i've hated the radio shack for the last five years and have no intention of ever returning there. Now tactical - thats a different matter.
Despite being shown numerous peices of information the dozy old twonk still refused to admit that from AB1 GSSR upwards you should be issued with combats. Every bloody weekend we do we are asked why we're not in combats and every time they say that something will be done and here we are eight months down the line still in the same situation.

Back to your original question i've heard various rumours about this badge, one of them is that it has a shackle in it, not sure how accurate that is.
On the question of being issued CS95, have you tried contacting the lead school, or HMS Excellent NMT school, ask to speak to CPO Broadley, explain your predicament regarding issue of kit, i'm sure he will be only too happy to feed your 'problem' into the relevant ear. This kit is now standard issue for ALL GSSR rates, and should not be witheld just because some PSI cant be bothered to do his job and order it. My unit has ordered the kit, we haven't seen it yet, but this is due to a shortage i'm told. Your unit CPO AWW (if you've got one) should really be chasing this up, ours has and has ordered all kit including helmets etc.
Good luck with it, let us know how you get on.
 

beer_bosun

Lantern Swinger
Back to thread, the GSSR branch badge is a radar screen with a ship in the middle of it. They do not come with stars to show rate.
 

trehorn

War Hero
Appreciate what you're saying mate and you're right about CPO Broadley, he has actually sorted a couple of us out when we've been down there, sound bloke if you ask me. i believe he has also had words in ears so to speak which i believe may have been the reason for the two letters that came out detailing the kit we are all to be issued. unfortunatly these letters dont seem to hold any weight with our Chief SA - DESPITE BEING ISSUED BY COMMANDER MARITIME RESERVES.

I quote
"B. COMBAT SOLDIER 95 CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT - GSSR personnel are required to wear Combat Soldier 95 (CS95) uniform and equipment when on duty. After discussion with COMMARES staff, this applies to Reserve Units as well. As such on Drill Nights when GSSR personnel are undertaking routine specialist training involving weapon handling they will wear CS95. Units are to draw sufficient stores to ensure that all GSSR personnel are issued with basic CS 95 clothing to the following scale:

2 x shirts 1 x belt
2 x pair trousers 1 x foul weather jacket (Gore-Tex / DPM)
2 x tee shirts (green) 1 x pair foul weather trousers (Gore-Tex / DPM)
1 x Jersey (green) 1 pair of combat boots

Arrangements are in hand to ensure that additional CS95 equipment will be issued / returned for periods of ORT and mobilisation. As discussed, CS 95 is not the “GSSR rigâ€. The appropriate time to consider issue is after the Rating has passed the OG 547 SPO Team Members Course when they officially move onto the Trained Strength".

It seems our Chief SA knows best.

Helmets???? you'll be telling us next that they're giving you body armour and webbing!!!!
 

beer_bosun

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trehorn said:
Helmets???? you'll be telling us next that they're giving you body armour and webbing!!!!

Helmet - Already got one but because of attachment to the London Regiment (TA) for CCRF duties.
 

mazza_magoo

Lantern Swinger
trehorn said:
Helmets???? you'll be telling us next that they're giving you body armour and webbing!!!!

I believe that helmets and webbing are to ordered and held in RU's and issued on a loan clothing basis when needed. If you're not getting any joy with your chief sa, perhaps you could air your views via the divisional system, and see if he pulls his finger out of his ass then. After all if he isn't providing people with the tools/kit required to carry out training, then he isn't doing his job, and should be reported as such. I would have no qualms about feeding this up through the div system, if I or one of my guys was getting the same problem. Some of these people need to grow up, you'd think they had to pay for it themselves for fcuks sake!
 
I must admit that watching this from the outside I am quite surprised that there is so much uncertainty about what should be happening.

From my perspective if I was the OIC of this activity and I didn't know about these problems I would be both expecting to be hauled over the coals for not knowing what was happening and secondly doing the same to my senior rate.

If I knew I would be jumping up and down to get answers and contemplating donning sword and medals to go an see my unit CO and making a formal complaint.

Just the observations of an old fart who still tries to do a bit of project management.

Peter
 

mazza_magoo

Lantern Swinger
Maxi_77 said:
I must admit that watching this from the outside I am quite surprised that there is so much uncertainty about what should be happening.

From my perspective if I was the OIC of this activity and I didn't know about these problems I would be both expecting to be hauled over the coals for not knowing what was happening and secondly doing the same to my senior rate.

If I knew I would be jumping up and down to get answers and contemplating donning sword and medals to go an see my unit CO and making a formal complaint.

Just the observations of an old fart who still tries to do a bit of project management.

Peter
You're right peter, i'm a senior rate at my unit and i gripped this myself, and chased the relevant people until it was sorted. I can only assume (and i'm sure trehorn will correct me if i'm wrong) that one of two things has happened:-

1. perhaps at the unit in question there are no GSSR senior rates that would be directly affected by the non issue of this kit, if this is the case there should still be a divisional senior rate that can chase up this problem and get it actioned,

2. perhaps at the unit in question, the senior rates are not aware of this problem, and have therefore not fed this up through the relevant channels.

Either way we are all adults and should be capable of speaking to somebody and keep on banging on doors until either there are no more doors to bang on, or somebody actually listens and does something about this.

Trehorn, if you want you can PM me with your unit details, and i can try and see if i can sort it for you if there is no one at your unit willing to help. I am willing to try and chase this up if i can and maintain your anonymity if you want me too, but i understand if you don't want to go down this road.
 

bunnyjumper

Lantern Swinger
mazza_magoo said:
trehorn said:
i asked in our unit for the GSSR branch and was told by the Chief SA that he wasnt aware that it was being issued yet. Talk about finger on the pulse! to be honest i dont think he realised that one existed.
I'm fed up of getting pinged for bloody sparkers duty just because i still have the pegasus wings. Granted they look much better that the new GSSR badge but i've hated the radio shack for the last five years and have no intention of ever returning there. Now tactical - thats a different matter.
Despite being shown numerous peices of information the dozy old twonk still refused to admit that from AB1 GSSR upwards you should be issued with combats. Every bloody weekend we do we are asked why we're not in combats and every time they say that something will be done and here we are eight months down the line still in the same situation.

Back to your original question i've heard various rumours about this badge, one of them is that it has a shackle in it, not sure how accurate that is.
On the question of being issued CS95, have you tried contacting the lead school, or HMS Excellent NMT school, ask to speak to CPO Broadley, explain your predicament regarding issue of kit, i'm sure he will be only too happy to feed your 'problem' into the relevant ear. This kit is now standard issue for ALL GSSR rates, and should not be witheld just because some PSI cant be bothered to do his job and order it. My unit has ordered the kit, we haven't seen it yet, but this is due to a shortage i'm told. Your unit CPO AWW (if you've got one) should really be chasing this up, ours has and has ordered all kit including helmets etc.
Good luck with it, let us know how you get on.

Even easier way to get CS95 - sign up for a SPO deployment or exercise, and you'll get issued it v. quickly. That's how I got mine. :wink:
 

noemis

Lantern Swinger
Got to love the RAF! They have very generous stores!! Packet of biscuits and your kit book and Bob is indeed your Uncle! You're right about Chief SA, adamant until I had a word with 2 1/2 at Bisley that we weren't getting any CS95, since word the wheels are moving, see him again, but hope for your sake shippers that he hasn't read thread. Beer bosun mate, can't get any info on joining CCRF, any clues?
 

mazza_magoo

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noemis said:
Got to love the RAF! They have very generous stores!! Packet of biscuits and your kit book and Bob is indeed your Uncle! You're right about Chief SA, adamant until I had a word with 2 1/2 at Bisley that we weren't getting any CS95, since word the wheels are moving, see him again, but hope for your sake shippers that he hasn't read thread. Beer bosun mate, can't get any info on joining CCRF, any clues?
I wouldn't worry too much about wether he has read this thread or not, it would appear from what trehorn has said that he hasn't been doing his job, and thats the cold hard truth....
 

mazza_magoo

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Another guy from my unit was down in pompey for issue of tropical kit, and asked for an isue of CS95, was given that full ish, magnum boots, bergen the full monty! he was told also that they have tons of the green crap down there and as soon as an order is placed by a sip or establishment, they send it straight out, so it would seem that there is no shortage of CS95, just needs to be ordered.
 

dubaipusser

Lantern Swinger
Has anyone thought to suggest a vote on what the GSSR badge should look like?

It strikes me as a pretty good way of avoiding taking a decision and could be similarly tied in with the decision part of 'removing the 'R' which could then be delayed while the vote is counted on the GSSR badge ... logical extension of this 'cunning plan' would involve other branch badges being reviewed followed by a vote on whether to call ourselves the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Reserves, Royal Navy Reserve, Royal Navy Reserves etc this could run for longer than the Mousetrap in the West End
 
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