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  • #31
    Goldie and Jpb are spot on. When our Bn was down cadre due to overseas tours or long leave etc we got replacement NCOs from our parent PDF unit. They came in full of enthusiasm but as soon as they planned any kind of activity it was shot down, either by the usual Cadre staff or the Officers. All our Officers and Cadre were interested in was shooting teams and orienteering, i.e. activities that would lead to competitive success for the unit, and nothing was allowed to get in the way of that. Any chance of worthwhile military training was wiped out. I’ve always said it- the biggest problem with the reserve is the Cadre.

    The other thing to bear in mind is that if a PDF NCO is very capable his own unit won’t want to lose him to the RDF for any length of time. Its quite possible the current Cadre will be replaced with the wasters the Regular Bns won’t let near their own troops.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Western Commando
      All our Officers and Cadre were interested in was shooting teams and orienteering, i.e. activities that would lead to competitive success for the unit, and nothing was allowed to get in the way of that.
      That sounds very familiar.....

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      • #33
        Jesus,i hope thats not the case or the reserve will be messed up even more than it is now!

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        • #34
          Orienteering & shooting is good for training. Orienteering allows the practical application of map reading lessons done in the class room, while allowing for physical training, without the need for a PTI. Shooting is a basic skill for every soldier, it should be regularily practiced & any increase in standards, is obviously a positive development. But everyone should be active in these events not just the teams. But sometimes the selection of the teams could be better, eg run a unit competition. Both are also excellent for espirit de corp.

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