MTD's and Travel Budgets

trehorn

War Hero
Recently a few people at our unit have been severely restricted on their MTD's.

I understand that every unit is feeling the pinch but it is so frustrating that we are all expected to mobilise at some point while at the same time being told that our MTD's are being slashed.

Some who undertake the more important roles within units do (in most cases) get allocated additional days to allow them to come in to do these jobs. However, we've not reached Christmas yet and people are being told not to attend the unit or weekend training because they've overspent on their days.

I'm not talking about people who attend the jollies, sports events etc. I'm talking about people who have already been mobilised, are planning on mobilising again next year and are being almost banned from units or restricted to one drill night a month because of the shortage of days.

The same applies to the travel budget. Training is not being undertaken because units cannot afford the travel.

This is not critisism of the units, its critisism of the whole budget system. We all saw the uproar when the TA's training was almost slashed. The same has been happening in the RNR for years and nobody is shouting from the rooftops about that! They're expecting much more from reservists than ever before and yet the training budgets are completely inadequate for the role we are expected to undertake.

I'm not arguing about the fact that funds should be directed to the front line first. Quite right too! But not the the complete abandonment of the reseves.
 

SoylentGreen

Badgeman
Trehorn - totally agree with you.

Your unit CO should be asking CMR for more MTDs. Anyone who is being asked to cut down on attendance because they've run out of MTDs and not because of jollies, should be congratulated.

I know all too well the expectation when training opportunities are announced that eligible peeps will attend. It must then be galling to explain that you can't go because you're out of days.

Of course if your CO has already made representations... then that's gash. If you're in Warfare and need to do 2 weeks courses and your battle camp for example that's just about all your MTDs gone right there!

The case must be made to CMR that with certain branches' commitment to training and deployment that current MTDs may for enthusiastic rates be insufficient. That way when next year's budget discussion comes round CMR will hopefully have noted that unit X is threaders and factor that in.

I live in hope :)
 

2_deck_dash

War Hero
You should think of yourself as bloody lucky! My TA unit has had to put the price of a pint up to £2! We have also had to restrict our Christmas ball to just 800 guests this year and next year's ski trip is now only partially subsidised.

I for one am seriously questioning my future with the Reserve Forces.
 

trehorn

War Hero
In addition, bearing in mind the shortage on MTD's and travel budget, am i right in saying that from entering the RNR it should take you 4 years to reach trained strength in the seaman reserve branch?

1. Raleigh.
2. Weapons introduction (OG526???) and OG518.
3. OG547 and BSSC.
4. Safe sailor and 1st Aid?

Is this the correct format these days?

TYVM

TH
 

dunkers

War Hero
Have been told by my unit that MTDs for ORT towards mobilisation are unlimited.

Permission to attend drill nights likewise unrestricted.

If it's a course you need to do, you'll get on it. No dramas.

Trehorn I think the problem you describe is very much localised to unit leadership.
 

SO2Seaman

Lantern Swinger
TH
if you pm me with your email address, or reply to one of my ETMs I will send you the Training matrix, which, based on 2 weeks of courses per year, will get you on the TS within 3 years of passing out of NE.
Happy Christmas
SO2Seaman
 

SO2Seaman

Lantern Swinger
Email inbound with Training Matrix TH.
Also, (for all members of the Sea Res Branch) the Training Matrix should be available to all Sea Res Personell in your unit(s). If your PSI/DO/STOs do not have a copy, I will be delighted to let them have a copy, just reply to my ETMs, CC your PSI/STO/DO email address and I will oblige.

Merry christmas to all

SO2Seaman
 

SoylentGreen

Badgeman
Merry Christmas to all!!

New Years Resolution:

Let's get the 'Res' out of Sea (res). As has been pointed out to me Logs is not Logs (res) etc. Annoyingly JPA hasn't yet heard of dropping the R from RNR - but it's the only one...
 

dunkers

War Hero
SoylentGreen said:
Let's get the 'Res' out of Sea (res). As has been pointed out to me Logs is not Logs (res) etc. Annoyingly JPA hasn't yet heard of dropping the R from RNR - but it's the only one...

Clearly you haven't been chewed out at the RNSOS for wearing a "Sea Spec" branch badge when you are not a Sea Spec. There's a difference: Sea Spec does seamanship, Sea Res can do warship SPO duties under adult supervision.

I agree wholeheartedly with your principle - that any reserve specialisations should be specialisations of a regular branch and not some other private army. Moreover, they should at least be useful: you'll find any warship will, at best, use you as a gash hand. Don't hold out for any, er, RF/DF training.
 

labrum

War Hero
2_deck_dash said:
You should think of yourself as bloody lucky! My TA unit has had to put the price of a pint up to £2! We have also had to restrict our Christmas ball to just 800 guests this year and next year's ski trip is now only partially subsidised.

I for one am seriously questioning my future with the Reserve Forces.
You boys are special - fcuking private army! :lol:
 
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