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    A poll to judge why people are leaving the RDF, why have you stopped parading

    No one can see what you voted for and you can pick as many as you like
    101
    Work committments
    10.89%
    11
    Family/personal committments
    3.96%
    4
    It isn't what I signed up for (too hard)
    0.99%
    1
    It isn't what I signed up for (too easy)
    5.94%
    6
    Boring/repetitive training
    11.88%
    12
    Lack of role
    10.89%
    11
    Moved away from unit
    6.93%
    7
    Cutbacks (mandays, recruiting etc)
    4.95%
    5
    Didn't realise what was involved
    0.00%
    0
    Poor organisation
    15.84%
    16
    Goalposts being moved
    6.93%
    7
    Poor communications
    10.89%
    11
    Interpersonal Relationships issues
    3.96%
    4
    Other (please specify)
    1.98%
    2
    Joined PDF / Gardai / Foreign military
    3.96%
    4
    Last edited by DeV; 21 November 2010, 18:26.

  • #2
    I think posting this on imo will be a little pointless as most posters here are either enthusiatic young 'uns or auld farts who actually give a furck- both of whom are more than likely still parading-

    The best way to do this is an exit interview/questionnaire upon discharge.
    Last edited by turbocalves; 21 November 2010, 19:28.
    But there's no danger
    It's a professional career
    Though it could be arranged
    With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear
    If you're out of luck you're out of work
    We could send you to johannesburg.

    (Elvis Costello, Olivers Army)

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    • #3
      I have to agree with turbo on this. but my experience is that when people stop parading, are then put on the non-effective list and then discharged, it us almost impossible to get any feedback from them. I have rang, emailed, texted, our Coy has written to those who are not parading to find out what is happening with them ,to no avail.

      If i were to analyse those who have stopped parading in the past 2 years, I would think most joined when in school, and attended training with their pals from school ig hugh numbers. Then they go to college or work or move away at stop parading, and their loyalty is not as strong as we would likeit ot have been.

      So we must examine the wisdom of putting such effort into recruiting (IF we can recruit freely again in the furure) in schools. Afterall young people are very susceptibe to peer pressure, and many go along because it's what their pals are doing on a Tue night. But when they get home from college or work at 6pm, theyre tired, and all sorts of excuses are given - college project (EVERY night? of EVERY week? only on a PARADE night?), or other reason that is fine for a week or 2, but then just wears thin.

      I would appreciate those people just saying "it's not for me, so i'm packing it in - heres my kit". Then we know where we stand, and waste no more time on them, and can devote valuable & scarce time to those who do wish to extend loyalty to the reserve.

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      • #4
        Time will tell but it will give an indication!

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        • #5
          Many of the above reasons!
          "Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here...this is the War Room!"

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          • #6
            Left to finish the final year of my degree in January last year
            when it came around to thesis time.

            My main incentive is to use degree to get into cadetship next summer.
            But also i found that a lot of young NCO's have dillusions of the role of the reserves in the grand
            sheme of the DF. This belief that; "Why join the PDF when we do everything they do
            & still have a full-time job?" got under my skin & i couldn't put up with it..
            Life's short, party naked :-)

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            • #7
              What that NCO's or the fact you don't do everything the army do?
              WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to ring them at 4am!!

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              • #8
                I picked seven and haven't stopped parading.... yet!
                Why is that?
                WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to ring them at 4am!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Snacker View Post
                  I picked seven and haven't stopped parading.... yet!
                  Why is that?
                  Because you didn't read the question properly,


                  Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                  • #10
                    I could pick seven, all valid, reasons to stop parading.

                    The question was ment to be: why am I still parading?
                    WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to ring them at 4am!!

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                    • #11
                      But it isnt.


                      Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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