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Loch Sloy! said:I'm very confident that we (41 brigade) could manage a rifle company.
Think about that statement. An entire CBG might be able to manage a Coy. Is that supposed to be impressive?
3 decades ago, my old PRes Armd unit could field a decent Recce Sqn; 3 x 7 (or 5) car troops, an A1 Ech, SHQ with 2 X CPs from the resident Comm Res unit. Nowadays? I'd be surprised if they had the kit and people for a single recce troop. We paraded 2 nights a week, usually did Weekend Recce Ex's regularly (10 was normal pre/trg year, plus the normal range/IBTS weekends, Winter Indoc and Warfare)...we could go out on a ruck march or establish a hasty mounted Op screen on a trg night back then without having to go thru ridiculous amounts of requests and staff work to everyone above the rank of MCpl in the Bde (District).
Training has been decimated, with 32 cl A days per mbr/per year, which includes all the mandatory mamby-pamby stuff.
Are we getting the bang for our buck out of the Reserves as a whole? My opinion is "I don't think so, unfortunately". Should we throw a bunch of money at problem? Nope. We have operational, Reg Force units who NEED that money to do the day to day business, at home and around the world. :2c: