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                                   The magazine for the Territorial Army

                                                       Issue 2 : January 2008

See pages 6 and 7 for details of
units returning and deploying

JANUARY 2008     TA Quarterly                                           1
FOREWORD                                                                             Territorial Recruit Selection -
                                                                                              THE WAY AHEAD
                                                                                     A    s the concept of ‘One Army’ becomes a
                                                                                          reality, TA units increasingly train alongside
                                                                                     their Regular counterparts, and more and more
                                                                                     TA soldiers are mobilised to go on operations. A
                                                                                     further step towards the One Army concept is to
                                                                                     match the selection standards for TA soldiers to
                                                                                     those of Regulars.
                                                                                     A new TA Recruit Selection process being introduced
                                                                                     this month will ensure that TA candidates achieve the
                                                                                     same standards as Regular recruits. The process, which
                                                                                     includes a future new medical screening and examination
                                                                                     process, is in three stages:

                                                                                       Stage 1 - TAC
                                                                                       Initial documentation issued
                                                                                       by unit, completed by
                                                                                       applicant and returned to unit.

                                                                                       Stage 2 – Medical                   Medical Fail
                                                                                       Screening                           Applicant rejected
Commander Regional Forces/Inspector General Territorial Army
                                                                                       Until the implementation of
Lieutenant General N R Parker CBE                                                      the new medical screening
                                                                                       process, existing medical

                                                                                       screening procedures
  t is with great pleasure that I write the foreword to the second edition             are to be followed.
  of TAQ. Having now assumed the mantle of Inspector General of the
Territorial Army I shall do all that I can to achieve what is best for the
TA. I have been involved with the TA for a number of years and admire                  Medical Pass –
your dedication and the efforts that you make for the good of Defence; we              Stage 3 – RSC
must make sure that you are rewarded for that effort, and also that what               Selection assessments:
the Army offers you is satisfying.                                                             Fitness: Physical
                                                                                               Selection Standards
                                                                                               (Recruits) (PSS(R))
The TA continues to make a crucial contribution to operations, in particular to                – 9 tests
the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. That admirable contribution, sometimes                  BARB assessment
                                                                                               Team Tasks
clouded with the sadness of injury and death, is invaluable and I am most grateful
                                                                                               Technical Selection
for it. We will continue to make sure that you are well prepared and equipped for              Testing (TST), if
operations and as integrated with Regular forces as possible. The TA will remain               appropriate
                                                                                               Military Equipment
a vital part of our force on operations and I encourage you to support your unit               Lesson
when it is tasked to supply individuals or force elements for operations.                      Briefings; Terms and
                                                                                               Conditions of Service.
That contribution will be one of the themes of the Centenary of the TA that will
be celebrated through much of 2008. Planning for TA100 is already well advanced
and it is covered in greater detail in this edition of TAQ. I am delighted to say      Attestation - TAC
that Her Majesty the Queen has kindly accepted the invitation to be Patron of          Back at the unit, on successful
                                                                                       completion of Selection stage.
TA100 and will take part in the Anniversary. We shall be remembering those who
have served in the TA, those who are serving or supporting the TA currently, and     Thirteen Recruit Selection Centres have been
we shall be setting the scene for the future. I ask you all to support the various   established to conduct the new selection process, with at
national and regional events enthusiastically.                                       least one in each brigade region and including Northern
                                                                                     Ireland. Staff to man the selection centres have been
There has been some recent discussion about a change in the name of the TA on        drawn from existing TA selection staff, although some
websites and on ArmyNET. I would just like to close by saying that as things stand   Regular selection staff from the Army Development
now, there is no intent to change the name. Many people across the country           Selection Centres are also supporting some regions.
understand what the TA is, admire you for what you do – particularly in these        Implementation of the new selection procedure will
times of enduring operations – and I feel the time is wrong to change its name.      begin this month, becoming fully operational from April.
                                                                                     Delivery of the medical plan, to be implemented in
I thank you all for your commitment and wish you a very successful 2008.             2008, will be carefully synchronised.

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                                      H     er Majesty the Queen has agreed to be
                                            the Patron of TA100. It is rare for Her
                                      Majesty to agree to be Patron of an event of
                                                                                              celebrate the anniversary, from ‘Territorials’, a unique,
                                                                                              illustrated book telling the history of the TA , to the
                                                                                              special project currently being developed with the
                                      this nature, and it confirms the standing of the        Royal Mail. And, as we approach the launch date, we
                                      TA and the affection with which the TA is held          plan to have specially-commissioned merchandise for
                                                                                              you to purchase direct from the site.
                                      by society.
                                      The plans for celebrating this 100th anniversary are    “We want to make the year’s events special of course,”
                                      being finalised. A wide range of events are planned     says Brig Greg
                                      throughout the UK and the aim is that every             Smith,         Deputy
                                      TA soldier will have the opportunity to become          Inspector General
                                      involved.                                               TA and the man
                                                                                              responsible for co-
                                   Although there will be some activity before,               ordinating TA100.
celebrations will begin in earnest at the beginning of April, marking 100 years since         “But more than that,
the very first Territorial Force units formed up on 1 April 1908. Although many events        we want to make
are still being planned at national and regional levels, we can give you an idea of what      them inclusive. I’d
will take place.                                                                              like to see every TA
                                                                                              unit in the country
First of all, look out for the media launch in April 2008, look at the website, ask the
Chain of Command and get involved where you can.                                              doing      something,
                                                                                              whether it’s a freedom
This is just a sample of the activities that will be taking place between 1st April and the   parade or just a
November Remembrance weekend in 2008, The full list of events can be found on                 celebratory dinner
                                                                                                                        Brig Greg Smith, DIGTA
the TA100 website at The list is updated regularly as arrangements           in the TA centre.
are finalised.                                                                                Enjoy yourselves, it’s your party and let’s use it to remind
The website will also carry details of the many other things that will be happening to        everyone what we have achieved and what we are capable
                                                                                              of doing on operations, training, back at work and in
  London               St Paul’s Cathedral     Service of Thanksgiving (attended by           society.”
  (These are classed                           representatives from units across the UK)
  as ‘national         Horse Guards            National Pageant, - a grand spectacle          And Brig Smith has a plain message for those who
  events’ and, where                           celebrating the TA’s history and current       grumble about the costs. “I know it’s easy to say, ‘Why
  possible, are open                           capability. Units from all arms and services
  to everyone)
                                                                                              should we do anything to celebrate the anniversary when
                                               and all parts of the UK will take part
                                                                                              money is being cut?’ But the fact is that the anniversary is
                       Buckingham Palace       Royal Garden Party especially
                                               for invited members of the TA,                 this year – that can’t be changed. And even though we are
                                               their families and employers                   flat out, we must celebrate what has been achieved and
                                                                                              let the country know what we are doing, the effectiveness
  2nd Division         Edinburgh               Tattoo
                                                                                              we have delivered and what we are going to do in support
                       York                    Parade
                                                                                              of the Army in the future. It will also be a chance to say
                       Manchester              Tattoo
                                                                                              a public thank you to our families, friends and employers,
                       Preston                 Military Show
                                                                                              because the support they give us is vital.”
  4th Division         Canterbury              Charity walk & Veterans’ Day
                       Aldershot               Army Show                                      The new logo will be the symbol of TA100 and be
                       Exeter                  Open Day                                       used for all TA100 communications, events and official
                       Reading                 Freedom Parade                                 merchandise.

  5th Division         Woburn Abbey            Parade                                         The strapline “RESERVE WITH PRIDE”
                       Ely Cathedral           Parade                                         celebrates our history of service and our role as reserve
                       Nottingham              Beating Retreat                                to the Army, as well as highlighting the support from
                       Cardiff                 Beating Retreat                                family, friends, workmates and employers that has
                                                                                              been the mainstay of the TA for the past 100 years.
  Northern Ireland     Belfast                 Regional launch (media event) with
                                               NI TA Band and Pipes & Drums                   So watch out for more developments in future editions
                                               Greater Belfast display (40 Signal Regiment)   of TAQ and visit the website at to
                       Newtownabbey            Mayor’s Parade                                 get more details of what is happening in your area. And
                                               2 Royal Irish (V) families’ day                if you haven’t heard what your unit is doing, ask your
                       Lisburn                 Mayoral Parade                                 chain of command how you will be celebrating your
                       Newtownards             Air Show and Mayor’s Parade                    100th birthday.

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TAQ                                                                                                                                  PAYD
                                                                                                                        is being
PAY AS YOU DINE                                                                                                throug
                                                                                                                       hout th
                                                                                                                                e Army
R   eaders of November’s Soldier Magazine will have
    seen an article (page 32) on the new system of
                                                                   b. On exercise or operations, all
                                                                   personnel are classed as ‘free feeders’
                                                                                                                  and wi
                                                                                                                          ll be fu
charging for meals taken by service personnel.                     and will not pay for food.                              out by
In the past, service personnel (including Reserve                  c. At a training camp, where a contractor           2009.
Forces) who were liable to pay for meals were charged              provides the infrastructure for a battle camp,
a fixed Daily Food Charge, irrespective of the number              TA soldiers will be fed at no charge.
of meals taken in a 24-hour period. Under Pay As You               d. If soldiers are engaged within their own unit for more than 24 hours, not
Dine (PAYD), service personnel will only pay for the               deployed to the field and are not permitted to leave the unit, they will be
food they eat.                                                     provided with a free core meal.
Provision has been made in PAYD units for meals to                 e. When soldiers on exercise or operations visit another unit that operates
conform to a ‘core menu’ priced to reflect the Daily               PAYD, they will be asked to sign a ‘free feeders’ register and will be offered
Food Charge. The PAYD units will also provide a range              the core meals at no charge. If they visit such a unit when not on exercise or
of other choices in the dining rooms, known as the                 operations, they will be liable to pay for the meals taken.
‘retail offer’, which will be individually priced.
                                                                   f. If soldiers are liable to pay for meals, as above, but the meals are taken at a

How will PAYD affect the TA?                                       non-PAYD site, they will either pay the Daily Food Charge (through their pay)
                                                                   or, for short visits, they will pay the casual meal charge for the relevant meal.
The introduction of PAYD will affect TA soldiers in
certain circumstances, although many will not notice In financial terms, the
any change.                                               deduction from pay of the
                                                          Daily Food Charge is being
       a. The general rule is that soldiers working at
                                                          replaced by the freedom to
       their parent unit, who are in receipt of full-time
                                                          take whatever meals you
       pay or the ‘over eight hours’ daily rate of pay,
                                                          want, paying only for those
       will be treated as full-time service personnel
                                                          you take. The other benefits
       and will therefore pay for food (but see item d
                                                          include wider choice and
       top right). The costs during 2007/08 will be:
                                                          greater flexibility – PAYD
                    Breakfast £1.02                       dining rooms are usually open
                    Lunch £1.20                           later in the evening for hot
                    Dinner £1.54           Total £3.76 meals and snacks.

T   he issue of pensions for members of the TA has been
    the cause of lively debate for many years. Now, the
‘Reserved Judgement’ of an Employment Tribunal in
                                                           The MoD was able to demonstrate that a tax-exempt annual bounty, conditional on
                                                           the achievement of training targets, was more financially beneficial and retention-
                                                           positive for part-time personnel than a small, taxable preserved pension based on
three test cases* may finally settle the issue.            the same levels of remuneration.
The cases were brought by members of the TA                The Tribunal found that the different levels of remuneration between full and part-
under the Equal Pay Act 1970 and the Part Time             time workers was objectively justified. It agreed with the MoD that membership of
Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment)          the AFPS for part-time personnel would:
Regulations 2000. They contested that it was unfair             Cost a disproportionate amount for the small pension they would eventually receive.
and discriminatory for part time service personnel to           Not address the requirement to encourage training, retention and fitness
be excluded from the Armed Forces Pension Scheme                provided by the tax-free bounty.
(AFPS).                                                    It also noted that the bounty has been in existence for more than 30 years and the
The MoD’s case for not including non-Regular               rationale for its existence has not changed in that time.
personnel in the AFPS was found to be ‘objectively         However, the Tribunal ruled that the Army must ensure that part-time personnel
justified’ by virtue of the very different business need   are serving under the most suitable type of engagement for the nature of their
for Regular and part-time personnel. Key business          employment. Where members of the TA or other Reservists are likely to exceed the
requirements for the non-Regular employee were             annual Man Training Day allowance, then consideration must be given to changing
identified as being to:                                    their engagement to a pension-earning one, whether Full Time Reserve Service or
       Remunerate staff appropriately and sufficiently.    Additional Duty Commitment. The Tribunal recommended that action is taken to
       Constrain costs.                                    ensure that these personnel are employed on engagements appropriate to their level
       Motivate and retain volunteer Reservists.           of commitment, enabling access to AFPS entitlements where appropriate.
       Encourage completion of training requirements
                                                           *Employment Tribunal Case Numbers: 1802732/04, 1803506/05 & 1803891/05 held between 18 – 22 Jun 07.
       and the achievement of fitness requirements.

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I n a stunning display of combat shooting, the
  Territorial Army’s Combat Shooting Team,
under the captaincy of Capt Peter Cottrell from 3
PWRR, stormed the recent Armed Forces Skill at
Arms meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. The team
won all three major international awards, plus an
impressive number of other team and individual
The team of 15, selected from the top 50 marksmen
and women at this year’s Territorial Army Skill at Arms
meeting, included five newcomers to the squad. This
made the achievement all the more satisfying, especially
since the forces represented included Regular and
Reserve shooting teams from the US Army Reserves,
US Marine Corps, National Guard, RAF and Royal
Navy/Royal Marines, in addition to teams from other
European forces.
The matches fired during five days of competition
required skills in all three small arms disciplines – rifle,      L to r: Capt Peter Cottrell, LCpl Adam Chapman (hidden),
pistol and machine gun. With very limited preparation             WO2 Donald Ross & Sgt Dave Fenwick in the ‘Fallen Comrade’ match.
and little or no match practice, the Skill at Arms contest
is a true test of a soldier’s ability to be combat-effective in   Chairman of the Territorial Army Rifle Association (TARA), Col Bill O’Leary said:
a wide range of situations, and is seen by all national and       “Winning all three international team awards was a proud achievement, and with two
international teams as an ideal competition to improve            top individual awards this was the most successful AFSAM yet. The whole team were
marksmanship in readiness for future operations.                  tremendous ambassadors for the Territorial Army.”

Royal Artillery members of the TA are very welcome to join the Royal
Artillery Yacht Club to take part in offshore and dinghy sailing, and
windsurfing. There are facilities at Thorney Island for dinghy sailing and
windsurfing and yacht charter rates are very favourable. Courses are
available in sailing, powerboat handling and other subjects.

Details are available at:

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208 Fd Hospital Returns                                      The Londons Come Home
T   here were tears, cheers and champagne as
    members of 208 (Liverpool) Field Hospital
were greeted by a 200-strong crowd of flag-
                                                             T   he 140 soldiers of
                                                                 Somme Company,
                                                             The London Regiment,
waving family and friends.                                   paraded at the Guildhall,
                                                             City of London, on Sunday
More than 60 members of the unit from Liverpool,
                                                             14th October on their
Ellesmere Port and Blackpool had spent a three-
                                                             return from Afghanistan.
month deployment in Afghanistan, manning the field
                                                             They      were     greeted
hospital at Camp Bastion.
                                                             by the Lord Mayor of
Capt Lisa Tierney, whose day job is senior nurse             London, Alderman John
for theatres at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen           Stuttard, and many met
hospitals, looked after the operating theatres in            their families for the first
Afghanistan and celebrated her 50th birthday the day         time since returning to
she arrived in theatre.                                      the UK.
    “We do exactly the same thing as in this country, but    During the parade the Lord Londons in theatre: (l to r)
                                                                                         Pte David Pace, Pte Andrew Mansfield & Cpl Franky Aidoo
in a different environment,” she said.                       Mayor and the General
Lt Jeanette Itchiso said she felt ‘elated’ to be home.       Officer Commanding London District and Commander Household Division, Major
The nurse, who works at Broadgreen Hospital, said:           General Bill Cubbitt, presented operational medals to every member of Somme
   “It was my first tour and hard work. But we worked as     Company present, including those wounded during the six-month tour.
a team and got through, and it was brilliant.”               Somme Company, comprising 76 members of The London Regiment, 29 soldiers of
                                                             1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, 20 other TA soldiers, 10 Regular Army Reservists
Squadron Sgt Major Tony Blake was greeted by
                                                             and five airmen of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, spent six months supporting 12
partner Theresa Smyth and his daughters Michelle
                                                             Mechanised Brigade in its operations against the Taliban. This was the first time a TA
and Joanne.
                                                             Infantry Company had effectively used large numbers of Regular soldiers under TA
     “The whole unit is proud to have gone over there
                                                             command on operations.
and helped all the young soldiers who were injured,” said
WO2 Blake. “It was an honour and a privilege.”               Deployed as the Force Protection Company for Camp Bastion in April 2007, Somme
                                                             Company was eventually involved in every aspect of the Brigade’s tour. Roles included
Capt Georgina Myles (who is featured on the cover)           the provision of the Immediate Response Team, the protection for helicopter-borne
returned to be greeted with a big hug from her son           medical teams and, in six months, the Company took part in 200 evacuation missions,
Hal and her mum. In civilian life, Capt Myles works          often under fire. Rifle platoons also deployed forward to work alongside their
as a sister on the intensive care wards of North             Regular counterparts on offensive operations and, independently, they most recently
Manchester General Hospital. She said:                       acted as mentors to units of the Afghan National Police. During its tour, Somme Coy
   “The best way I can describe the tour is to say I was     expended 40,500 rounds of SA 80 and 20,800 LSW.
humbled by what the lads are doing out there. They work
                                                             The parade was organised at the invitation of the Lord Mayor before the recent public
really hard in such extreme conditions, but just accept it
                                                             debate on ‘homecoming parades’. The City and its Livery Companies have always
and get on with it.
                                                             been extremely supportive of the Forces and have many strong connections with
  “I have come home with a definite sense of achievement
                                                             individual units. As well as celebrating the Londons’ homecoming, it also paid tribute
and I am really glad that I went out there. The lads are
                                                             to Guardsman Daryl Hickey, Grenadier Guards, who sadly was killed in action while
doing a great job out there and deserve the best medical
                                                                                                                            attached to Somme
                                                                                                                               After the parade,
                                                                                                                               Somme Coy soldiers
                                                                                                                               attended a reception
                                                                                                                               in the Guildhall,
                                                                                                                               where they were
                                                                                                                               reunited with their
                                                                                                                               families and friends
                                                                                                                               for the first time
                                                                                                                               since returning from
                                                                                                                               Helmand Province.
                                                             The Londons in London: Somme Coy marches off after their parade
       Sergeant Shirley Bradley is met by her family.        in the City of London.

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A   s The Londons returned home, they were
    replaced on Op HERRICK 7 by Salonika
Coy, 7 RIFLES. Drawn from all seven battalions
of The Rifles, the company consists of around
two-thirds TA and one quarter Regular, with the
remainder from the Regular Reserve. The unit is
an excellent example of the ‘One Army’ concept,
where TA soldiers serve alongside their Regular

Salonika Company is operating in Helmand Province
in the south of Afghanistan, where it is undertaking a
number of infantry tasks including force protection,
convoy escorts and vehicle-born patrolling. They also
expect to be involved in CIMIC (Civil Military Co-
operation) projects, such as the provision of drinking
water, power supplies and drainage, as well as the
construction of key community facilities such as schools
and medical centres.                                     Salonika Company at their farewell parade.

Comprehensive Training                                     Farewell
For most of the members of the company, their At the conclusion of their training, a grand farewell party was held at which civic
operation began long before they boarded the plane dignitaries, employers and, more importantly, the soldiers’ families gave them a
for Afghanistan. In June they began with their OPTAG rousing sendoff.
training and, as Lt Mike Hrycak comments:
                                                            There were displays reflecting the troops’ four months of intense pre-deployment
     “After that, it wasn’t so much a question of where has
                                                            training, and the Regiment’s ‘Waterloo’ Band performed a Beating Retreat on the
Salonika Coy been and what have they done, more of where
                                                            main parade square at Brock Barracks in Reading. Addressing Salonika Coy, the CO
haven’t they been and what haven’t they done?!”
                                                                     of 7 Rifles, Lt Col Damian Griffin, said:
                                                                          “The build-up training has been a tough few months, both physically and
                                                                    emotionally. This is possibly the longest time most of these Riflemen have spent
                                                                    away from their families and jobs in their life, yet I have
                                                                    seen the pride and spirit within Salonika Coy grow

                                                                    day by day. They are fit, they are well-trained,
                                                                    they are keen, they are well-led, they are
                                                                                                                         Diaries nt
                                                                    Salonika Coy’s return will coincide
                                                                                                                      from the first
                                                                    with the start of the celebrations
                                                                                                                               r the
                                                                    marking the 100th birthday of the TA              on p12 fo
                                                                    next April, and a number of events
                                                                                                                         reports f
                                                                                                                                     y in
                                                                                                                          lonika Co .
                                                                    are being planned to celebrate both
                                                                    events.                                            Sa          tan
Rfn Dave Warren explains the basics of the GPMG to an                                                                     Afghanis
apparently bemused group of Macedonian soldiers              The British Army maintains its presence in southern
                                                             Afghanistan in support of the democratically elected
A trip to Macedonia for a Partnership for Peace exercise     Afghan government. Taliban insurgents operate in Helmand
was followed by an OPTAG exercise, a brigade test            Province where they impose their radical interpretation of the Koran and Sharia Law on
exercise, MATTs testing at RTMC Chilwell and live firing     the local communities. The Taliban are also known to obtain funding from the cultivation
at Otterburn.                                                of poppies in the region, which are the raw ingredient for the production of opium and,
                                                             in turn, heroin. Some 90 per cent of the world’s heroin is believed to have originated
That was topped-off by training in weapons, battlefield      from poppies grown in Afghanistan.
first aid, Bowman, fitness, tactics and driving. Many of     Communities in the Helmand Province live in fear of the Taliban, particularly the
the vehicles in use in Afghanistan, such as Mastiff and      Afghan women, whose human rights are severely curtailed. At present, many of these
Bulldog, have enhanced armour that requires a Category       communities are beyond the assistance of the Afghan National Police and the Afghan
C LGV licence, and several of the Rifles’ soldiers were      National Army.
able to gain that qualification.
JANUARY 2008       TA Quarterly                                                                                                                     7

“WHAT’S IN A NAME?” - UPDATE                                                        Service Complaints
I n his foreward for this edition, IGTA makes it clear that the TA will not
  be changing its name in the foreseeable future. Aside from the public
familiarity with the name, it’s not that easy to just change the name. For
one thing, ‘Territorial Army’ is mentioned in many Acts of Parliament,
each of which would have to be amended. And, with the 100th anniversary
of the TA coming up in 2008, it could send confusing messages to the
Armed Forces and the general public if we were to change the name at
this time.

Yet, as we reported in the first edition of TAQ, there has been a healthy debate
around the issue for some time. To get your opinions, we published a short
questionnaire on ArmyNET and although the decision has been made not to
change, we thought you might like to see the results.

Of course, we should bear in mind that these are only the views of the 900 who
responded (some 3% of the TA), but they may be representative of wider opinion     Dr Susan Atkins,
and perhaps go some way to indicate the way things might change, if and when       Service Personnel Complaints Commissioner

they eventually do.                                                                  ollowing the Blake Review into the deaths at
                                                                                     Deepcut Camp, the first Service Complaints
TA name change – ArmyNET survey                                                    Commissioner has been appointed.
Should the TA change its name?                                                     The Commissioner, Dr Susan Atkins will have
                                                                                   statutory power to refer allegations of bullying,
                                                                                   harassment, discrimination and dishonest, improper
                                                                                   or biased behaviour to the chain of command. After
                                                                                   a case has been referred, the Commissioner must be
                                                                                   kept informed of the progress of investigations and
         Yes-71.31% (661)                                                          the outcome of the case.
                                                                                   Implemented on 1st January 08, the new Service
         No-28.69% (266)                                                           Complaints Process will provide service personnel
    Mean: 1.29     Response: 927                                                   and others, such as family members or friends, with
                                                                                   an independent, alternative route for complaints
                                                                                   about wrong doing to a member of the military,
What should they change it to?
                                                                                   without going directly to the chain of command.
                                                                                   Although the Blake report recommended greater
                                                                                   powers for the Commissioner, the MoD was not
                                                                                   willing to undermine the role of the chain of command
                                                                                   and the prosecuting authorities. The Commissioner
                                                                                   will, however, have access to Ministers and will
                                                                                   present an annual report, with recommendations
             Army Auxiliary 2.95% (13)          Army Reserve 77.78% (343)
                                                                                   for improvements to the system.
             National Guard 5.44% (24)          Other 13.83% (61)                  Full details of the new procedures will be published by
                                                                                   the end of the year in the form of a JSP (No.831), a
         Mean: 2.3     Response: 441
                                                                                   Defence Information Note and an information leaflet.

What Are You Doing Next Summer?
F   ancy a change of scenery? The British Army Training Unit in Suffield, Canada (BATUS), will
    require hundreds of temporary staff to enable training in Summer 2008. Opportunities exist
for TA personnel to serve on four or eight-month FTRS contracts. These posts are unaccompanied
and provide an opportunity for enhancing your military skills and experiencing life in Canada.
Adventurous training opportunities are also available for many. For more information contact your
chain of command or Land Individual Commitments on 94331 2906 or 01722 436906.

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                                                                          Ian Chapman’s winning images


T    his year’s Army Photographic Competition
     saw a TA soldier take the top award, plus a
string of others. Pitching his work against almost
                                                                            ‘Does my bomb look big in this?’

600 entries from professional and amateur
photographers, Sapper Ian Chapman scooped
the coveted Best Overall Image prize, as well as                         ‘Tail End Charlie’
a number of other awards in separate categories,
such as Amateur Photographer of the Year, Best
Amateur Digital and Best Army Experience

Ian is a member of 131 Independent Commando
Squadron, Royal Engineers, and it was with them
that he deployed to Afghanistan where all his winning
pictures were taken. In his civvy life he runs Original
Lizard, designing and manufacturing skydiving clothing
and equipment.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Ian, from North
Ferriby in the East Riding of Yorkshire, told journalists
he was “flabbergasted” by the news. “I would like to
pursue photography as a career,” he said, explaining that
he wants to be a war photographer but not tied to the
Army. “I’d rather do it as a civvy.”

The annual Army Photographic Competition aims to
recognise and award excellence in photography across
the Army. It is open to all Regular and Territorial Army
                                                                         ‘Afghan Sunrise’
personnel, as well as MoD civilians working with Army
units. This year’s competition, hosted by Gen Sir
Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff, was judged
by David Viggars, Chief Photographer of Reuters UK,
and PR photographer Jim Marks.

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EXCHANGING PLACES                                                          A DOSE OF ‘REALITY’ FOR NI MEDICS
D   id you know that almost all TA Officers and NCOs have
    the chance to train in the USA with the US National
Guard, US Army Reserve and US Marine Corps Reserve?
                                                                           I f you’re a doctor, nurse or other medical professional it
                                                                             could be your worst nightmare – a weekend crammed with
                                                                           some of the worst case emergencies you’re ever likely to face.
Every year, British TA personnel travel to the US to train with            Yet healthcare professionals from across Northern Ireland
their American counterparts, while US personnel come to the UK             volunteered to have a go in a recent exercise!
to spend time with British units. The aim of the programme is for
                                                                           Around 80 healthcare professionals took part in Exercise Medical
participants to gain practical experience and an insight into the
                                                                           Challenge 2007, staged by Northern Ireland’s TA medics and designed
structure, organisation, equipment and operational doctrine of the
                                                                           to test the skills and endurance of participants to the limit.
armed forces of the other country.
Last year’s US/UK Reserve Exchange Programme saw 56 UK soldiers            The setting is a cross between television’s Casualty and I’m A Celebrity
train alongside the US Reserves (USAR) on their two-week annual            Get Me Out Of Here, in which the medical professionals compete for
training at locations all over the US.                                     the honour of taking home the SaBRE Trophy (for more on SaBRE, see
                                                                           p14 of this edition).
Sgt Gerald Maidment of 335 Med Evac Regt, who attended Fort
Pickett, Virginia, said: “Overall, the experience was very good. I got
to do things I would probably never do, like fire an M2 machine
gun, drive and fire an M109 A6 Paladin howitzer, and drive various
other vehicles of theirs.”
Lt Catherine Bramwell-Walsh of 306 Field Hospital attended Camp
Grayling, Michigan. “I would describe the trip as a fantastic and
worthwhile opportunity to gain an insight into how the US Army
functions, and how this compares with my own unit,” she said. “The
exchange gave me an opportunity to meet a large number of US
officers and soldiers, allowing both parties to learn and appreciate
each other’s similarities and variations, in both military aspects and
their daily lives.”
The exchange is open to individuals from any TA unit in the rank of
Cpl to Capt, plus five Majors for the USAR. Applications must be
made through the chain of command and authorised by Division/
District/Theatre Troops. The point of contact for applications and
for further information is Maj Stephen Bartlett, SO2 TA (C) Projects,      Pictured adding a touch of realism to the occasion with simulated injuries are
                                                                           (l to r) Captain Kate McLoughlin, Major Sharon Quigg and Sergeant Joy Burgess
TA Inspectorate, HQ Regional Forces, Main Building, HQ Land
                                                                           from 253 (North Irish) GS Med Regt (V).
Command, e-mail

                                      In September, Territorial Army Captain Vicky Freer
                                       became the first TA officer since the Second World
                                      War to command a platoon of Officer Cadets at the
                                                                                                Officer Cadets for the TA Commissioning Course.
                                                                                                “This was a fantastic opportunity,” says Capt
                                                                                                Freer. “Being selected to train and assess the
                                      Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).                  TA’s future officers is an enormous privilege.”
                                      As a Platoon Commander on the TA Commissioning            Col Simon Bell, Colonel TA Training at RMAS, says
                                      Course, Capt Freer was responsible for assessing          that it is outstanding that a young TA Captain has
                                      more than 25 TA candidates for their suitability to be    been selected to join the RMAS instructors.
                                      commissioned as officers in the TA, a role previously
                                                                                                “A Queen’s Commission in the Army is the
                                      conducted by Regular officers.
                                                                                                finest leadership accolade that our young men
                                      Capt Freer, who in civilian life is a self-employed       and women in the Reserves achieve, and their
                                      training consultant, joined the TA in January 2002 as     assessment at RMAS is the culmination of their
                                      a driver in the Royal Logistics Corps. She attended       training” says Col Bell.
                                      Potential Officer Training and, in May 2003, was
                                                                                                “It is only four years ago that Vicky Freer herself
                                      commissioned at Sandhurst. From there she joined
                                                                                                gained her Commission, and we are very proud
                                      East Midlands University Officer Training Corps in
                                                                                                of her and her achievements.”
Captain Vicky Freer                   Nottingham, where she was responsible for preparing

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I n the first edition of TAQ we covered the opportunities for TA The RAOL is normally returned at the top of the list and selecting this
  personnel who are interested in full-time service. There are option will take you to the page below:
many opportunities for Reserves personnel to serve full time
with the Regular Army, and the Army Manning Plan sees FTRS
Full Commitment (FC) numbers rising to 800 by 1 Apr 08 and
to 900 by 1st April 2009.
Full-time service can be achieved on a variety of terms and conditions
of service (TACOS) such as Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS)
or Mobilised service. Opportunities exist at most ranks, but are
particularly available for Pte/JNCO and Capt/Maj.
All opportunities to serve full time with the Regular Army are advertised
in the Reserve Assignments Opportunities List (RAOL), published on
the internet and updated weekly (normally on Fridays).
The full internet address is (note there is an underscore between raol_
This is not particularly user friendly, and an easier way to get to the
page is by entering RAOL in the Google search engine as below:
                                                                            This page gives full access to the various guides, which include further
                                                                            links to application forms, Defence Information Notes (DINs),
                                                                            frequently asked questions, etc, which provide a huge amount of
                                                                            background information on the various terms and conditions of service
                                                                            and application processes.

                                                                            The Red Banner leads to the actual list of available posts, which can be
                                                                            sorted using the auto-filters to reflect individual preferences:

             FTRS Helpdesk
   Tel: (Civilian)                0141 224 2343
   or                             0141 224 8798
   Tel: (Military)                94 561 2343
   or                             94 561 8798                               Personnel wishing to apply for full-time posts with the Regular Army
                                                                            should check the list weekly and apply in accordance with the online
   email:                                                                   guide.
                                                                            Anyone who has any difficulty with the process can contact the
   or                                                                       FTRS Helpdesk for advice during normal working hours.

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Diaries From The Front
Capt Ann Staveley, 212 Field Hospital (V)                                         treated members of
                                                                                  the Afghan army,
Ann Staveley, a staff nurse at The University of Nottingham Medical               the police, members
School, recently returned from her first operational tour of duty, three          of the Taliban and
and a half months in the field hospital at Camp Bastion in the Helmand            civilians. We treated
Province of Southern Afghanistan.                                                 far more children
                                                                                  than I expected.
                                                                                  They are so tiny. A
                                                                                  child of eight there
                                                                                  looks only five. They
                                                                                  show very little
                                                                                  emotion. They don’t
                                                                                  laugh or cry, they
                                                                                  just lie there looking
                                                                                  at us.                 “We treated far more children than I expected.”

                                                                                  My lasting memory will be of an eight-year-old boy who was brought in with
                                                                                  a gunshot wound to his upper body. He came in conscious but suffered a
                                                                                  cardiac arrest and the surgeons had to open up his chest to stop him from
                                                                                  bleeding to death. They got his heart restarted and closed him up. Three
                                                                                  days later I was walking down a corridor when I heard him say, in English,
Taking a break from work (l to r) Lt Robbie Burns, 205 Fd Hosp; Capt Ann          ‘Hello and thank you’
Staveley and Capt Lindsay Baigent, 212 Fd Hosp.
                                                                                  Ann talks with affection about the soldiers she treated.
“I was excited about my deployment, but apprehensive and I wondered if
                                                                                  “They            were
I would get back. My two daughters were very worried, but I am 54 and I
                                                                                  delightful to look
knew this would probably be my last opportunity of an operational tour.
                                                                                  after - polite and
I led a team of five in the field hospital, which can take up to 25 casualties.   grateful for the work
We cared for 1,500 patients in the three and a half months we were in             we were doing. They
Camp Bastion. They ranged from the routine sprains and sporting injuries,         valued us - it was a
cuts and broken bones to the battlefield gunshot wounds, blast and shrapnel       very, very humbling
injuries, as well as heat exhaustion from the extreme temperatures. But the       experience. They
equipment out there is fantastic – it’s just like an NHS A&E department.          are doing a hard,
                                                                                  dangerous job. We
                                                                                  would watch them
                                                                                  go out on patrol and “We would listen for the helicopter…”
                                                                                                        An injured coalition soldier is met by the Emergency
                                                                                  just hope they came Medical Response Team.
                                                                                  back safely.
                                                                                  The living conditions were basic, but it made me realise just how much we
                                                                                  can do without. Water is scarce so we were only allowed two pushes on the
                                                                                  shower which would last about 30 seconds - so you learnt not to put too
                                                                                  much shampoo on your hair!
                                                                                  You have to be fit to survive the sleep deprivation, the heat and the long
                                                                                  hours. You work 12 hours on and 12 hours off, seven days a week and you are
                                                                                  on call 24 hours a day. You sleep when you can. I was slim and pretty fit when
                                                                                  I went out, but I lost about a stone during the tour.
                                                                                  We could keep in contact with friends and family via the internet, but you
“We could get casualties into theatre within half an hour.”                       had to book your slot and even then you would have to queue for hours.
If we got a call saying a ‘T1’ was coming in – a patient in a life-threatening    (See NEWS on page 17 – Ed.) In the end I relied on e-blueys (electronic
condition – we would mobilise the trauma team, an Emergency Medical               air mail letters) and I received one most days.
Response Team made up of a consultant, doctor, nurse and anaesthetist.            I know that not everybody agrees with our soldiers being in Afghanistan but
We would listen for the helicopter and, after being transferred to an             I went out to look after them, to utilise my Army training, my teaching and
ambulance, the patient would be brought to us. We could get casualties            my A & E skills. We saved many lives and limbs, and I am proud of what we
into theatre within half an hour. The fastest time was a soldier who was in       did and glad I was able to do something. Those three-and-a-half months
theatre within 10 minutes of getting to us.                                       tested my mental, physical and clinical skills to the limit. I’d say it was the
The hospital is there for everyone, not just members of the coalition. We         pinnacle of my nursing career.”

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The experiences of TA personnel who are on ops or who recently returned

LCpl Terry Harris, 7 Rifles                                                        the thumbs up we were out and loading the Afghans onto the ambulances
                                                                                  to take them to the hospital.
LCpl Terry Harris is a Regular Reserve serving in 1 Platoon of Salonika           The rest of that day nothing else happened so me and the rest of the
Company, 7 Rifles. Almost immediately after landing, he found himself             team got ready for handover of the IRT to the next platoon. We were to
on the Force Protection Immediate Response Team (IRT) providing                   take over guard duty for the perimeter of Bastion. I am now in a 50ft high
protection and assistance to the Medical Emergency Response Team                  concrete sangar with a pet camel spider. I know this because as I was
(MERT).                                                                           halfway through writing my story, two supposedly ‘hard’ soldiers jumped
“On the second night in theatre my platoon sergeant told me that I would          off their beds screaming and ran out of the door. I won’t mention names,
be going on the IRT. If any soldier gets hurt on operations, the IRT flies        but they are yet to return…
out with medics and bring them back to Camp Bastion where they receive            So that was the first 10 days in Afghanistan. Only another 160 to go.”
treatment from some of the best doctors in the world.
On the IRT you have one Senior NCO, one Junior NCO (me), five riflemen
                                                                                  Rfn Christopher Corby, 7 Rifles
and a signaller. On my first job, we were sent up north as two civilian boys      “Once we arrived in Bastion, it was straight to the temporary accommodation
had been playing with a rocket which had been fired by the Taliban and not        for mandatory briefings and the zeroing range. The briefings covered everything
gone off. As they were playing with it, it went off.                              from LECs (Locally Employed Civilians) to types of mines, first aid and rules of
When we got to the Forward Operating Base (FOB), the team medics                  engagement. That took two days and, on the evening of our second night, we
there had patched them up as best they could, but they required more              finally found our permanent accommodation where we would be for the next
medical treatment so we brought them back to the hospital at Bastion.             six months. I settled in, along with the rest of my section, into our 10 man tent
                                                                                  by putting up photos of loved ones and unpacking kit.
The next day we were crashed out again - this time to the Sangin Valley
where a 12-year-old boy had somehow electrocuted himself. He had bad              The next morning we had the last of the company’s weapons issued out.
burns to his back but not once did he cry out or shout. All he did was hold       We were then off on our first duty, the sangars. We were relieving Somme
his dad’s hand and let the medics treat him.                                      Company of the London Regiment. I took over from a friend of mine I met
                                                                                  during Phase Two recruit training at Catterick.
For the next 36 hours not much happened. Then one of the runners came in
shouting “stand to!”. Straightaway we put on our body armour, webbing and         Once given my ground brief and having become familiar with my standing
helmets, grabbed our weapons and headed for the HLS (Helicopter Landing           orders, I then set about getting used to my rotation through duty and rest
Site). The loadmaster said he only needed four blokes, so I, and three others     periods. This basically involved planning when I could eat, sleep and exercise
got on the chopper. We were told that there had been an IED incident. Five        around my duties. I was joined over the next few days by other members
Afghan policemen had been killed and 10 badly wounded.                            of my platoon and we have since been providing intimate defence of the
                                                                                  Bastion perimeter and watching activity in the soak area (an area where
It took about 10 minutes to get to the FOB, and all the way there you could
                                                                                  goods vehicles wait before entering Camp Bastion). Our task next week is
tell on all our faces what we were thinking. What is it going to look like when
                                                                                  protecting the camp’s landing area and providing a quick reaction force -
we get there? Is there going to be people with arms and legs missing? Is there
                                                                                  a task which, hopefully, should give us a greater understanding of how a
going to be lots of blood and am I going to be able to handle it?
                                                                                  major base operates in a hostile theatre such as Helmand Province.”
As soon as we landed we were off
the chopper with stretchers to
where a pickup truck was waiting
with the injured. We loaded them
onto the stretchers and ran back
to the chopper. In the time that we
were gone, the doctors had made
the helicopter into a flying hospital.
Once all the injured were on board we
took off with the cover of an Apache
helicopter above us.
As we were flying back, myself and
my mate Mick started talking to one
of the Afghan policemen. He couldn’t
speak a word of English, but we had
to keep him awake so that he didn’t
go into shock. As we were doing this,
our own team medic, Dave, was busy
putting IV drips into one of the more
serious victims. When we landed there
were five ambulances waiting at the
HLS. As soon as the loadmaster gave
                                           Salonika Coy prepare to zero weapons after arriving at Camp Bastion.                   Picture: Lt Jon Dolphin, 7 Rifles
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Trouble at work?
Help is at hand
                                                                                                                            SaBRE’s ‘Trouble at Work’ pack

M     ost people only have one
      career. Being in the TA
means you probably have two,
                                           employer can also make attending
                                           routine training much easier.
                                           Once your employer is briefed, you
and balancing both can be tricky.          can continue to develop their support
Having your civilian employer              by ensuring that you give plenty of
onside makes it a whole lot                notice of any time that you want off
easier, and the MoD has a well-            work and by helping them to find the
established campaign dedicated             answers to any questions they have.
to promoting the benefits                  General information and advice on
                                           employer issues is available on the
of Reserve service to both
                                           SaBRE website,,
current and potential employers
                                           or you or your employer can call the
of Reservists.      Now SaBRE
                                           SaBRE helpline on 0800 389 5459.
(Supporting Britain’s Reservists
                                           Remember as well that the skills                                SaBRE’s ‘Working with Your Employer’ guide
and Employers) has launched a              and experience that you gain from
new guide for Reservists to help           your TA career are often of benefit        Your rights in brief:
you get up to speed on your rights,        to your employer. Your TA training             • It is a criminal offence to dismiss you because you are
and those of your employer too.            helps you to develop teamworking,                in the Reserve Forces.
Entitled ‘Working With Your                self-confidence, leadership and                • When you are demobilised, your employer is legally
Employer’, the guide will help             management skills, and you often                 required to give you your job back.
you to brief your employer on              take on greater responsibility earlier         • While you are mobilised the MoD will pay you either
their rights and obligations, as           in your TA career.                               your military or civilian rate of pay, whichever is the
well as the benefits they gain             Enough of the SaBRE guides have                  higher.
from employing a member of the             been produced for every member             Your employer’s rights in brief:
Volunteer Reserve Forces.                  of the TA and your unit should be              • The ‘Employer Notification’ system means that (except
Research from the SaBRE campaign           distributing them. If you haven’t got            in exceptional circumstances) your employer will be
shows that the better informed             hold of one yet, just ask your chain of          told that you are in the Reserve Forces.
an employer is about Reservist             command for one. You may also see              • If you are mobilised, your employer is able to apply for
employment issues, the more likely         the accompanying poster which, along             your mobilisation to be cancelled or postponed.
they are to be supportive. Having this     with a set of template presentations           • Your employer can claim reimbursement of costs they
support will make a mobilisation less      on CD, has been issued as part of a              incur from your mobilisation.
stressful, but the co- operation of your   SaBRE pack to every unit.

UK’s largest companies sign up to support Reservists
O      n a tour of duty in Basra, probably
       the last person you would expect to
meet is the chairman of one of the UK’s
                                                     smaller and public sector employers pledging
                                                     their support.
                                                     By securing a public declaration of support
biggest companies. Yet for members of                from head office, and encouraging companies
81 Signals Squadron, that’s exactly what             to develop policies on employing Reservists,
                                                     good intent at boardroom level should translate
happened earlier this year. BT Chairman,
                                                     to better support on the ‘shop floor’.
Sir Christopher Bland, flew to Basra
                                                      The list will continue to expand over the coming
to launch a new campaign of support                  months as more employers are invited to
for Reservists and meet mobilised BT                 publicly declare their support. If your employer
employees. Run by SaBRE (Supporting                  hasn’t signed-up already, the first step is to log
Britain’s Reservists and Employers), the             on to the SaBRE website.                             BT Chairman, Sir Christopher Bland, meets BT
campaign targeted large companies,                   The pledge of support that employers are             Reservists in Basra
securing pledges of support from more                signing up to is:
than 100 of the UK’s largest firms.                  “Thousands of members of the Reserve
The list of supportive companies was published       Forces (the Territorial Army, Royal Naval
in national newspapers and is available to view      Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve and Royal
on SaBRE’s website, For            Auxiliary Air Force) have been mobilised for
members of the TA, the list will provide a
                                                     full-time service overseas in recent years.
permanent and growing resource of information
about their current or future employers.
                                                     When called upon, these men and women
The website lists whether companies have             serve alongside their colleagues in the
developed a policy on employing Reservists and       Regular Forces with courage and dedication,
whether the employer provides additional paid        and often at considerable personal sacrifice.
or unpaid leave to help Reservists meet their        We admire their commitment and are
training commitments. Since the campaign’s           determined to support all current and future         The online listing is available to view on SaBRE’s
launch, the listing has continued to grow with       employees in the Reserve Forces.”                    website,

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        UNIT                        A new regular spot featuring units that are perhaps not
                                    what you would expect to find in the TA.

       FOCUS                        165 Regt RLC(V)
                                    It’s a fair assumption that the sea is inhabited by sailors, but there are a number of Army
                                    units whose members are as much at home on the water as they are on dry land.
                                             Following the Future Army Structure reorganisation and re-rolling of TA
                                             units, 165 Regiment RLC(V) has been expanded and is looking for recruits
                                             who enjoy messing about in boats, navigating small craft and all the other
                                             tasks associated with life in a port.
                                             The Regiment is responsible for the loading and dispatch of seagoing military
                                             cargo, from food and fuel to ammunition and vehicles. They use mechanised
                                             equipment such as forklifts, container-lifters and cranes, and need to know
                                             how to store vehicles and cargoes on ships for stability, how to make best use
                                             of the available space and how to secure loads for passage. Where they differ
                                             especially from their civvie counterparts is that they need to know how to
                                             unload ships straight onto a beach where no port facilities are available.
                                             Members of the Regiment come from a variety of different backgrounds,
                                             although some do have port jobs in civilian life. They usually work out of the
                                             Military Port Facility at Marchwood near Southampton, but they also travel
   165 Regt RLC
                                    to re- supply overseas locations and take part in military exercises and operations.
                                    For more information, see their website at:
                                    or call the RLC TA Recruiting Centre free on 0800 587 6585.

                                    498 Labour Support Unit, RLC(V)
                                    Labour Support to military operations is not a new concept, as the amount of labour
                                    required by any military force can be considerable. During the Great War in France,
                                    for example, the British Army’s labour force ran into hundreds of thousands.
                                    The Royal Logistic Corps Labour Support function aims to provide locally employed
                                    civilians (LECs) in unskilled, qualified, specialist and technical areas to fulfil tasks
                                    in support of the military mission. The RLC provides Labour Support worldwide,
                                    dealing with the selection, recruitment and management of locally employed civilians
Maj Robbie Whitfield RLC
recruits Marsh Arabs                         to help sustain the deployed troops.
                                            Typically, LECs are employed as interpreters, translators, clerical and
                                            administrative staff, technicians, tradespeople, artisans, assistant chefs,
                                            kitchen helps, cleaners and labourers. This is a major force multiplier, releasing
                                            troops to undertake their primary roles, as well as introducing currency
                                            into the local economy, providing employment in a post-conflict period and
                                            engendering good faith from the local population.
                                            Not all locals see the benefits, however, and in some theatres LECs have
          LEC carpenters                    experienced intimidation and worse, just one of the challenges the LSU teams
                                            have to tackle.
                                    Until the formation of 498 Labour Support Unit in April 2007, the TA did not have a
                                    dedicated unit for this role. As part of the RLC’s Operational Headquarters Support
                                    Group, the officers and soldiers of 498 LSU are now deployed alongside their Regular
                                    counterparts on operations.
                                    The unit would like to hear from officers and SNCOs who may be interested in an
                                    attachment as a Staff Officer or Staff Assistant in the LSU before returning to their
                                    parent unit. Such an attachment usually forms a positive career step.
                                    You can find out more about the unit on ArmyNET, at:
A LEC mechanic

   JANUARY 2008      TA Quarterly                                                                                        15

Airborne - Malik Devlin on the assault course in Riga

T    he UK Reserve Forces Association (UKRFA) exists to
     promote the effectiveness of the reserve forces of the
Crown. It does so by providing international experience,
                                                                           Mannix Devlin and James
                                                                           Howard) and Female (Capt Exha
                                                                           Claire Sapwell, Midshipman Howard sted but triumpha
                                                                                                                                       nt, l to r:
                                                                                                                  , Finlay G
education and personal development for reservists of all ranks,            Laura Cottey and O/Cadet                          uerin an               Ja
                                                                                                                                      d Mannix mes
whilst at the same time enhancing both recruitment and                     Rachel Colville). In total,                                             Devlin
retention. A good example is the Interallied Confederation of              the UK team of 24 competitors, making
Reserve Officers (CIOR) Military Competition, held annually                seven teams, won eleven podium places.
and attracting teams from around the world.                                Team manager Maj Andy Mason pointed out that the teams’ successes
The UKRFA sent a large team to the Military Competition at the             was not because they find more time to train for the event. “We train
CIOR Summer Congress in Riga, Latvia, where they were joined by            smarter. The key to success comes from the intense, compressed and
competitors from 16 other nations. The competition consisted of a          yet comprehensive training, and the skill and experience of the high level
series of taxing events held over three days, including rifle and pistol   coaching staff who travelled with the team.
shooting, a 500 metre land obstacle course with 20 obstacles, a second     “Year on year, half of our competitors are new faces but there is a small
obstacle course but this time in the water, swimming over and under        hard core who have competed on more than four occasions. They provide
obstacles along a 50 metre course, navigation over 18 kilometres of        the inspiration, example and much of the coaching expertise.”
marshland and thick forest, and a number of military skills including
map reading, first aid, judging distance and grenade throwing.             Next year the event will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. It is open to all
                                                                           members of the Reserve Forces, and successful candidates will need
UK competitors were the outright winners of both the obstacle courses      to train with the UK squad one weekend a month from now until
and the orienteering days. For the first time, a separate category of      June. Training takes place around Aldershot, using the facilities of the
the competition was opened to other ranks, which was won by the            area including top shooting coaches from Bisley and Great Britain’s
UK team of Cpl Jon Bailiey and Marines Kris Smith and Jimmy Linley.        orienteering coach. Maj Mason is keen to attract new competitors to
The UK also won the categories for Novices (O/Cadets Malik Devlin,         his squad. If you are interested in joining the UK team, contact him on
Steve Heaney and Geoff McVitty), Experienced (O/Cadets Fin Guerin,         RMRTyne-To@MoD.UK.

                                                                                                                     Approaching the Edge of the World

I n May a team of Royal Engineers reached the
  summit of Mount McKinley, North America’s highest
mountain. Mount McKinley, or Denali to use its native
name, is a savage mountain, rising 6194m (20320ft)
above Alaska’s remote tundra. Although around 1200
teams attempt to climb Denali each year, less than 40
per cent succeed in reaching the summit, yet the RE
team managed to get six out of 10 to the top.

Aside from the extreme altitude, the team had to suffer
                                                           At the summit (and getting some publicity for their
the horrific cold. It is reputedly the coldest mountain
                                                           corps magazine) are, (l to r:) WO2 Bellamy,
outside the Antarctic, with temperatures often plunging
                                                           Cpl Poutney & Sgt Ormond.
to 60 degrees below zero. Fifty per cent of people
attempting in winter have frozen to death.
The team was led by WO1 Paul Golding and included          he said. “It was not the technical difficulty,
WO2 Dave Bellamy of 299 Parachute Squadron RE(V)           but the extreme environment that was the
and Sgt Joe Ormond, Aberdeen University OTC. WO1           real challenge. The team spent 25 days on
Golding is a mountaineer with extensive experience         the mountain and mere survival up there
but found the sheer immensity of the mountain a real       was a daily test of endurance; harder even
challenge. “It was the hardest mountain I have climbed,”   than the Himalayas”.
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Pre-Deployment Briefings, Ex & Trg                                        Operational Orientation Packs (OOPS)
Individual Augmentees.                                                   For key leaders or mobilized formed units, OOPs for Ops TELIC
OF2 to OF5 individual augmentees are to receive an operational           and HERRICK are available from the Land Warfare Centre Missions
orientation briefing prior to deployment in addition to any mandated     Support Branch. They are refreshed regularly and include a large
single-service briefings/training. These briefings are held at PJHQ      amount of information for each theatre. If required please contact the
every month for Op TELIC and Op HERRICK. The briefing will provide       appropriate desk officer:
augmentees with the level of information required to start their tour
                                                                                           Op Orientation Packs (OOPs)
of duty. They may also take the opportunity to meet relevant PJHQ
desk officers, either to discuss issues or simply make contact. Dates                Op TELIC                           Op HERRICK
are published three to six months in advance and are held by PJHQ J7      Past and recent Post Op             Past and recent PORs from Bde
                                                                          Reports (PORs)                      HQs, Inf BGs and other units
Chief Clerk. Tel 9360 46814.
                                                                          Past and recent Post Op             Past and recent Post Op
Op TELIC PJHQ Briefings - Lt Cdr Deano Elwell-Deighton. Tel               Interviews (POIs)                   Interviews (POIs)
9360 33145 or Lt Col Mike Hay. Tel 9360 37776
                                                                          Latest Doctrinal                    Jt Force Logistics
Op HERRICK PJHQ Briefings - Maj Rob Moss. Tel 9360 37941 or               Publications; incl COIN             Doc Notes; such as OMLT,
Cdr Matt Harvey. Tel 9360 37083                                           Urban and Desert Ops                counter IED, temporary airfields
                                                                          Notes on Post Incident Analysis     Notes on PRTs
PJHQ Forecast Briefing Days -
                                                                          Op TELIC Aide Memoire               TTPs for the use of WR,
      Date           Theatre             Date           Theatre           Theatre Information                 MASTIFF and other PPVs
 11 Jan 08        HERRICK           04 Jul 08        HERRICK              Cultural documents                  Various related Doctrinal
 25 Jan 08        TELIC             18 Jul 08        TELIC                Doc Notes and
                                                                          Environmental Details               Afghan-related articles,
 08 Feb 08        HERRICK           29 Aug 08        TELIC                                                    such as cultural material
                                                                          Iraq Articles, such as:
 22 Feb 08        TELIC             05 Sep 08        HERRICK              asymmetric warfare, COIN,
                                                                          terrorism, and challenges
 7 Mar 08         HERRICK           19 Sep 08        TELIC
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OPTAG Individual Reinforcement Course.
OPTAG also run mandatory Pre-Deployment Training courses for
                                                                         JPA at Home
individual reinforcements. For further information and details of        Trials of a new system enabling remote access to JPA (i.e. without having
future OPTAG IR courses contact the OPTAG Clk on 94281 2254,             to visit a TA centre or other military location) began in November.
or download details from the OPTAG webpage:        The trial, which lasted for one month, involved a sample number of                                    personnel from the TA, RNR, RMR and RAFVR.

Reserve Trg & Mobilisation Centre (RTMC)
Regular Individual Augmentee (RIA) Course details can be obtained
                                                                         WiFi on OPS
from calling the RTMC Ops Rm on 94451 2159. The 5-day courses can        Additional free wireless internet terminals are being installed in Iraq
be booked by completing a course proforma and faxing it to Courses Clk   and Afghanistan. The additional terminals, will result in a 50% increase
on 94451 2129. The course can be shortened to 3½ days by completing      in the number of internet machines and a 20% increase in the number
the CFT, PFT, MATT 6 Values & Standards and the respirator function      of welfare phones. Work will also begin on rolling out WiFi across
test prior to arrival.                                                   about 13000 bed spaces, enabling troops to e-mail their families from
                                                                         their living quarters. Although Skype and other Voice Over Internet
Council Tax Relief For Troops On Operations                              Protocols (VOIP) will not be available, it should be possible to download
                                                                         video and other imagery.
In September it was announced that Armed Forces personnel
deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, including mobilised TA personnel,      The current pay-per-use voice messaging system, which families can
will benefit from a tax-free rebate on the cost of Council Tax. All      use to leave voice messages for troops in theatre, is to be made free
Service personnel who pay Council Tax for a property in the UK will      of charge.
receive financial support through a rebate payment, worth some £140
over a six-month tour.                                                   Promotion Scrolls
The rebate will be paid by adjusting the rate of Operational Allowance
                                                                         The Army is considering proposals to present a scroll to Lance
and will be made only to those who are serving on operations in
                                                                         Corporals and Sergeants on promotion. The scroll would be known
Afghanistan or Iraq. Payment will be implemented from 1st April 2008
                                                                         as a Promotion Order and would be similar to the Warrant received
and will cover deployments from 1st October 2007. It will be based
                                                                         by Warrant Officers.
on the number of days in theatre, with tours shorter than six months
being paid in proportion. Both the Operational Allowance and the
additional payment are tax-free.

JANUARY 2008      TA Quarterly                                                                                                                   17
     A     boxing club set up for Regular and
           TA soldiers in the London area was
     officially opened in October. President of
     the London Amateur Boxing Association,
     Mr Terry Gillam, was joined by more than
     150 guests as he marked the opening of
     the London District TA & Army Boxing
     Club by presenting a large key to the club’s

     The club was born in the autumn of 2006, when
     three former Irish Guards Warrant Officers,
     currently serving as NRPS Officers with TA units
     in the South London area, got together to discuss
     starting a combined boxing club for soldiers in
     the Greater London area.
                                              At the official opening of the London District TA & Army Boxing Club are (l to r): Colonel Stuart Cowan,
                                              Chief of Staff London District; Mr Terry Gillam; and Territorial Army boxers Gunner Wayne O’Sullivan (24)
     A suitable site for a gymnasium was made
                                              from Abbey Wood and Gunner George Sullivan (23) from Orpington.
     available at the Grove Park TA Centre, courtesy
     of the Commanding Officer of 106 Regt RA (V) and an                           Training continued throughout the summer months in preparation for the
     application was made to the Amateur Boxing Association                        boxing season, which started in early October, and a high-profile charity
                                                                                   boxing event is being considered for 2008 as part of the London events
                                                                                   to mark the 100th anniversary of the TA. New members, both male and
                                                                                   female, are welcome to join the club from any TA or Regular Army Unit in
                                                                                   London, and anyone thinking of joining is welcome to visit on any training
                                                                                   night before they make a decision.

                                                                                   “Don’t worry if you’ve never boxed before,” adds Capt Wilmont. “Many of
                                                                                   the members have had no previous boxing experience and some are still in the
                                                                                   recruit training phase of their TA careers, but there’s no lack of enthusiasm!”

Nicola Doidge and Lauren Castle show that boxing is not just for the boys.

     (ABA) to have the club formally recognised. Charity
     status was later granted on the grounds that the club
     would be a non-profit-making organisation. The club
     advertised around the various units in London District
     and, by mid-April 2007, more than 50 personnel from
     TA units across the capital had expressed an interest in
     joining the club.

     “We have regular training sessions every Monday and
                                                                                         Sparring practice for Mark Hudson and William Wonga.
     Thursday evening from 7-9pm and on some Saturday
     mornings,” says Capt Robbie Wilmont, one of the founders.
     “Members take part in intense circuit training sessions,                Further details can be obtained at any time by contacting one of the following:
     combined with coaching in boxing skills from qualified                             Captain Andy Haines                 07742 868107
     and experienced instructors in a safe and controlled                               Captain Tom Roach                   07828 993029
     environment. Fitness levels have risen quickly and, with                           Captain Robbie Wilmont              07980 432829
     regular attendance, they can be maintained at a high                               or via email at
     standard.”                                                                         The club also has a website at

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A    n initiative to boost TA recruiting in Scotland
     has proved an overwhelming success for the
second year running. The seven-week Exercise
                                                              TA is also changing. “It’s
                                                              seen as more worthwhile. All
                                                              the recruits are expecting
Summer Challenge gave more than 200 young                     to serve on operations
people the chance to see if they had what it takes            around the world, and they
to be one of the best.                                        clearly understand the
Many more applied than were places to get a taste of commitment”, he added.
life in uniform and learn new skills, including weapon Summer Challenge 2007
handling, fieldcraft, rock climbing, canoeing, sailing and promises to be as
professional driver training, all while being paid around successful as last year’s
£1500.                                                        - from the 2006 intake
This year’s course was more than a normal test of of 218 recruits, 184 are
stamina for the recruits, since they experienced some of still serving, with 14 of
the worst weather conditions on record. But the wind them currently deployed
and rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those taking part. on operations. Nine have
                                                              joined the Regular Army
Major Frank Phillips, Training Officer for 7th Battalion, and 10 are training as
The Royal Scottish Regiment, and the man responsible officers.
for Summer Challenge on behalf of 51 (Scottish) Brigade,
said: “We had 221 recruits start, of which 190 are still in Also for the second year,
training, which has made the initiative a roaring success for a specialist officer training
the second year running.                                      programme              called
                                                              Summer Leader was run
“We have a high proportion of ex-cadets who don’t normally alongside the main course.
join the TA because training takes too long and they have Many of the potential
done much of it in the cadets. Now they can cover in a few officers on Summer Leader Getting a grip: one of the Summer Challenge recruits tries his
weeks what would otherwise take two year”                     had already taken part in hand at rock climbing.
Major Phillips went on to say that the perception of the the Challenge and were selected to be commissioned for their leadership skills.
                                                           Sanctioned by the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Summer Leader is designed to
                                                           fast-track potential officers through a course that would normally take around a year
                                                           and include, a nine-day camp, plus at least 10 weekends. The Scottish officer cadets
                                                           cover that syllabus in four weeks intensive training.
                                                           Second in command of the Officer Training Wing, Captain Rory Fitzpatrick said: “For
                                                           the soldiers on Summer Leader things are more intensive than normal training. Because
                                                           of the way the course is structured, the officer cadets are built up to their full potential so
                                                           that by the time they are finished they are ready for the three-week commissioning course
                                                           at Sandhurst.”

                                                           . . . AND THE MIDLANDS
                                                           Following the success of the 2006 Scottish Summer Challenge, a similar exercise was
                                                           run this year in the Midlands.
                                                           Recruits taking part in the seven-week course learned the same skills and endured the
                                                           same weather as their Scottish counterparts, and were apparently just as determined
                                                           to succeed. Major Malcolm Hill, one of the officers commanding Midlands Challenge
                                                           on behalf of 143 Brigade, said: “We started in July with a selection weekend followed by
                                                           adventurous training. The recruits had just come in off the street so there needed to be
                                                           a gentle introduction to the physical side, but they have been doing some PT each day to
                                                           help with their fitness.
                                                           “Of those that started, 135 will pass out as trained soldiers who can go on to do their
                                                           specialist training with their units.”
Wolverhampton Warriors: one of the Midlands Challenge
teams takes a break.

JANUARY 2008       TA Quarterly                                                                                                                     19
Since the first edition of TAQ a number of people have written with various queries. Whilst we are pleased to provide help where
we can, it is not the purpose of TAQ to compete with Soldier Magazine, which has a very efficient letter query service. We would
advise anyone with a grievance or a query to first attempt to resolve it through their unit and chain of command. Only if that fails
should you seek help outside.
Q. With regard to the new JPA system, why is there a delay in wages for      that soldiers would be similarly allowed to serve to 60. However, I
TA soldiers? I am in a national unit so do not know if the Independent       note from a recent amendment to TA Regs that with only a very few
units are suffering too.                                                     specific exceptions TA soldiers will have to retire at 55. I find this hard
A. The following is the contact details for the JPA Enquiry Centre.          to understand, especially in these days of various age discrimination
They will obviously need your Army number as well as unit details,           legislation and wonder if there are any proposals to look at this matter
etc. Their hours of opening are 0700 1900 Monday to Friday.                  again? Whilst writing, the New TA pay advice forms do not show the
                                                                             number of days an individual has undertaken during the year. This was
                JPAC Enquiry Centre,                                         shown on the previous pay advice forms and would be very useful as
                Mail Point 465,                                              this is the only official way of individuals keeping a tally of the days they
                Kentigern House,                                             have spent training. With quite a few people getting close to the limit
                65 Brown Street,                                             for MTDs it would be appreciated if this information could appear
                GLASGOW,                                                     back of the pay advice forms.
                G2 8EX
                                                                             A. There are a number of issues raised here and we’ve managed to get
                Telephone: 0141 224 3600
                                                                             some answers, but not all:
                Freephone: 0800 085 3600
                Military: 94560 3600                                         Maj R Follett, SO2 Soldiers, TA & Reserves MCM Div responds:
                Email:                                      “Your writer probably refers to 2007DIN02-070 which has applied from
                                                                             01 Apr 07. He is correct that the Normal Retirement Age (NRA) is 55 for
Q-1. How far are we in the proposed change of the title of the TA            soldiers and 60 for officers. This NRA has been adjusted to come into line
to Army Reserve? It is my understanding that this proposal was not           with VEng. He is correct when he says service beyond 55 may be authorised
supported by all, circulated through the RFCA chain of command?              by DM(A) on an annual basis for exceptional circumstances and specific
Q-2. Now that the TA is firmly within OAR, will we be receiving their        posts. The allegation that this is ageist should be referred to Directorate
support to upgrade our recruiting suites with posters and billboards,        of Manning (Army).
etc? When you walk into the Queens St, Glasgow, office you are
                                                                             And Lt Col Green, SO1 Employment at DM(A) responds:
overwhelmed by tartan and action photographs, however, we have
none! Our walls are very bare.                                               For once the legal side is very straightforward in that the ‘age discrimination
                                                                             legislation’ referred to by your reader, which is contained in the Employment
A1. To answer your first question, see the article on p8 of this edition.
                                                                             Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, does not apply to HM Forces. The
A2. Col Bill O’Leary, Colonel Territorial Army Recruiting, replies:          Armed Forces have a ‘blanket exemption’. Reg 44(4), states that ‘These
Posters, brochures, DVD guides, etc, are held by the Commander               Regulations do not apply to service in any naval, military or air forces of the
Regional Recruiting on behalf of his Brigade Commander, and he is able       Crown.’ Accordingly, retirement ages, etc, can be dictated by policy and
to supply the ACIOs and TACs accordingly. Therefore, the writer’s unit       manning requirements, i.e. based on the needs of the Service.
simply has to write to HQ CRR Scotland to request the appropriate
materiel.                                                                    Whilst not every point has been clarified, it seems clear that if your
                                                                             unit applies to APC Glasgow to extend your service, they may do so.
Q. I am the SSM of a TA Engineer Sqn and will be 55 in 18 months
time. I am one of the fittest men in the Sqn and regularly compete           Following an item in the News column of the last edition (Civilian
                                                                             Awards, p11), we received a number of enquiries from readers
for the Corps in TA sports. As I understand matters I will have to
                                                                             who are unable to access a DII web address. We have made
leave the TA at age 55. Following the increase in the age barrier for
                                                                             enquiries and you can find the relevant Defence Information
officers to 60 (subject to fitness and needs of the Service) I presumed      Note (DIN) No. 2006DIN02-317

TAQ aims to cover issues that will or may affect TA soldiers and officers, and                 By post:           Maj Alan Frost,
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