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  • #16
    Why not recruit in colleges. There's 20,000 in UCD for example. Every September they have on freshers week all the clubs etc.. as well as banks etc... trying to get people to join. Why not have and RDF stand?

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    • #17
      Many Colleges do not allow external organisations,such as the RDF take part in Clubs and Societies days,as they have no affiliation with the college. The logic being that if they were to allow one external organisation in,they would have to leave everyone in.(Its a lame excuse,but you are not usually in a position to argue.)


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

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      • #18
        Originally posted by bulldemboots!
        Why not recruit in colleges. There's 20,000 in UCD for example. Every September they have on freshers week all the clubs etc.. as well as banks etc... trying to get people to join. Why not have and RDF stand?
        Been there, doing that. But the response is minimal. A lot of students go up to look at the stand but few show real interest. Then again, we do get a few.

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        • #19
          True, and we see the same.


          The Pearse Battalion, for example, had a very strong link to the Universities.

          But this channel seems to have dried up . Any ideas ?
          "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

          "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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          • #20
            Any women interested in giving their gender's opinion on the topic ?
            "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

            "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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            • #21
              You've all prolly seen the ads on the telly for the TA. They send you out a DVD or video if you're interested in joining. It costs money but they obviously take the issue more seriously than our government. Where do they recruit apart from TV ads? Do they have the same problems with ridiculously high turnovers that we have? (oh yeah, I forgot they're paid)

              At the end of the day alot of it comes down to the governments lack of interest in having a credible force.

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              • #22
                If the current government is not interested in maintaining a credible defence force,what possible hope is there that they will maintain a credible reserve?


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

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                • #23
                  Thanks GF, but perhaps that is a point for the Political Forum ...

                  Sorry for controlling the thread tightly, but these things tend to wander into a blame game or go off topic , and I'm trying to collect serious data

                  Perhaps another way of expressing it :

                  As we stand currently, can the necessary amount of people be attracted/recruited each year to
                  keep at least to establishment figures ? [ Possibly worth adding : In YOUR area ]

                  Why/Why not ? [ Ignore the reasons there are people leaving. that's another thread,which I'll open tomorrow, so you can all think about it until then. ]

                  PS : Wahey, 700th post !
                  Last edited by trellheim; 26 April 2005, 16:59.
                  "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                  "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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                  • #24
                    As we stand currently, can the necessary amount of people be attracted/recruited each year to
                    keep at least to establishment figures ?
                    NO. My opinion is if the books were checked, and people who have not been active in the past 3-5 yrs were taken off them, the reserve would see the amount of work that needs to be done on marketing itself and advertising.
                    What are you cackling at, fatty? Too much pie, that's your problem.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by trellheim
                      As we stand currently, can the necessary amount of people be attracted/recruited each year to
                      keep at least to establishment figures ? [ Possibly worth adding : In YOUR area ]
                      Yes it is possible. However it requires huge amounts of work and effort and co-operation and that is only on a local level. We have been doing it for years and have maintained a fairly good strength vs establishment figure, but it has taken a lot of work and patience. Very frustrating at times. There is little that the Military authorities could help us with that we haven't managed to acquire or improvise over the years.

                      One thing I will say, when the Ads were on the TV 3 years ago, it made a huge difference. The ads themselves were next to useless on their own but tended to be very effective if followed up by visible recruiting.

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                      • #26
                        Its all about selling the organisation and more importantly yourself....if you cant do that properly then you are putting yourself at a serious disadvantage.
                        If your not in bed by 4 o' clock it's time to go home!

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                        • #27
                          Visable recruiting is an idea, people should go to 5th/6th yr classes with power point slides, booklets and videos and pro activly recruit
                          What are you cackling at, fatty? Too much pie, that's your problem.

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                          • #28
                            Some factoids :

                            Proposed Defence expenditure on advertisements

                            Govt. Revised Estimates. Vote36, Section U.2

                            2004 : 425,000;
                            2005, 525,000

                            This data obtained from Govt. Estimates at Department of Finance website.
                            "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                            "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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                            • #29
                              and but so therefore?
                              It is only by contemplation of the incompetent that we can appreciate the difficulties and accomplishments of the competent.

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                              • #30
                                PS we do go into schools around Dublin with that stuff.
                                "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                                "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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