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    Quote Originally Posted by 4everAD View Post
    If you've already passed your 22 then the most you can receive in redundancy is 3 months gross pay!
    I'd take that with my pension.
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    Getting rid of the cavalry seems like a good idea, surely in this day and age horses on the battlefield can be superseded by something more practical!



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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Teh Wal View Post
    Getting rid of the cavalry seems like a good idea, surely in this day and age horses on the battlefield can be superseded by something more practical!
    Also get rid of 7RHA Paras. Sure chucking horses out of planes breaks some sort of H&S rule
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  4. 1250 from RAF - who should/can go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_Brown View Post
    1250 from RAF - who should/can go?
    I sense yet another return to the old ‘Frontline First’ set of arguments. Lose anyone who doesn’t have a war fighting role, so, PTI’s and stewards again become unnecessary. Get rid of extraneous departments such as QCIT and downsize all these others who have grown ridiculously on some units under the HSE banner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_Brown View Post
    1250 from RAF - who should/can go?
    1250 surely you mean MOD 90
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_Brown View Post
    1250 from RAF - who should/can go?
    Get rid of one of the big 3: RAF Reg/MPGS/Chefs. Do any of these have a viable function any more, based on the current operational needs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by muttywhitedog View Post
    Do any of the options include the complete withdrawal of HM forces from anything ceremonial-related?

    Marching around in bearskin hats is all well and good, but it doesn't win wars.
    And they can get rid of the ceremonial goats, shetland ponies & associated staff.

    I attended my Stepson's pass out parade at Pirbright last year and remarked that I thought they would have fired one of the howitzers on the parade square as a kind of equivalent of an RAF fly-past.

    He said they used to but they didn't anymore due to cut backs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket scientist View Post
    And they can get rid of the ceremonial goats, shetland ponies & associated staff.

    I attended my Stepson's pass out parade at Pirbright last year and remarked that I thought they would have fired one of the howitzers on the parade square as a kind of equivalent of an RAF fly-past.

    He said they used to but they didn't anymore due to cut backs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chumpzilla View Post
    Get rid of one of the big 3: RAF Reg/MPGS/Chefs. Do any of these have a viable function any more, based on the current operational needs?
    Interesting thought - they largely got rid of most of the catering trade some 20 years ago when I was still in - and then found when GW2 kicked off that they were unable to properly mount deployed catering in theatre because the UK based contracted caterers were not deployable and MCSU was only manned for a short term deployment capability.

    The MPGS isn't an RAF capability, its a MOD wide capability and came in as a measure to avoid highly trained technical personnel (think of all the RAF trades...) spending weeks on the gate as we used to. If the tech trades are so over-manned that they can go back to that then maybe the better paid trades should give take the cuts rather than the much cheaper MPGS?

    Regiment? Less easy to defend them although their role in providing close in defence around the outside of airfields will still be required in any future operations.

    Current operational needs? One of the big lessons from history is that the forces will always have to respond to unforeseen operational needs as often (if not more often) as 'foreseen operational needs. The Falklands, GW 1 and, to a degree, GW2 and Afghanistan were all unforeseen operations so planning for current operational needs is, arguably, the last thing we should be structuring capabilities and strengths around!

    The truth is that we should always have a balanced force structure and all of the reviews that have focussed on removing or reducing particular capabilities in isolation are simply weakening the entire capability rather like taking bricks out of a Jenga tower. Eventually the whole edifice comes tumbling down.....

 

 
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