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Old 24th Sep 2021, 23:32
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Or job creation schemes for even more senior officers - including the new pyramid of 2 x Gp Capts to run each station….
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 23:41
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Or job creation schemes for even more senior officers - including the new pyramid of 2 x Gp Capts to run each station….
Exactly this. Don’t get me started on the Space Command farce as well.
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Old 25th Sep 2021, 07:16
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Or job creation schemes for even more senior officers - including the new pyramid of 2 x Gp Capts to run each station….
I feel truly sorry for the Services having to put up with this crap. The civil service did something similar 30 years ago, with Unified Grades. At first, and as Bob Viking said, no real change - an engineer was still an engineer.

But only until you got your letter from the Air Vice Marshal, when all became clear. In my case my new line manager was a young lady supplier in Harrogate (210 miles north), three grades below me. I don't know who was more horrified. Little has changed.

So, all you Gp Capts, I want to see you jumping to attention and a smart salute when your admin clerk passes your desk in his/her/its outer office.
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Old 25th Sep 2021, 09:03
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Of course when you read about any historic conflict the second thing that happens (after a less than stellar opening period) is that almost every senior officer over 50 is shunted off.......
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Still serving. Heard a story the other day that the RAF are cutting a 1000 posts because they can not afford the wages bill. This is on top of the 1700 JPANs they need to find from other existing areas to fill new platform / commands positions.
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Old 25th Sep 2021, 14:49
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The RAF Facebook page itself is not even consistent in titling its Other Ranks
For the BoB Service a few days ago we had a reading by "Senior Aircraftman Jessica Williams. "
Whilst on the Jackie Moggridge award yesterday we have "
Senior Aircraftwoman Megan Gammon"
Or perhaps one or the other is identifying?
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Old 25th Sep 2021, 19:35
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The RAF Facebook page itself is not even consistent in titling its Other Ranks
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Already debated on prune ad nauseam but according to the RAF's own website, the correct title is "Senior Aircraftman" (see https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/raf-ranks/).


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As you say.
Contradicting within their own website............(which of course begs the obvious question).
The implication from your comment is that Air Marshal Sue Gray was mistaken in the title of one of her female subordinates........

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Old 5th Oct 2021, 08:28
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Depressing to say the least.

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Depressing to say the least.
Curious how long do you spend as the rediness brigade ? 12 months !
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State of the union article

https://uklandpower.com/2021/11/01/s...ce-priorities/
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Usual story - politico's say one thing do another.................

There's little to argue about in that article except that at every turn more money is needed

"While we continue to reconfigure our forces around the most essential tasks, we must resist the false assumption that defence offers further scope to reduce government expenditure. In fact, we may have now reached the point where we need to spend more to deter evolving threats"

I can't think of a single senior UK politician who would understand that paragraph.

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Old 20th Nov 2021, 13:12
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https://staging.wavellroom.com/2019/...ke-capability/

Big Toys: British, Ground-Launched, Long-Range Precision Strike

The case for the UK to develop/procure an intermediate range strike capability.
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Army on their way back to being based in Germany - I wonder if they want any air cover?…….

Obvious result - more base/barrack closures in the UK including Topcliffe…

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The 'ad astra' bit is nothing new. So old in fact that it is in Latin, probably around the time Brian did his first spaceship ride.

So much for the habits vs traditions argument put forward by the Army & RN.
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On the whole, a welcome change of tone from his predecessor, but (at least as far as the RAF is concerned) an eyebrow was raised progressively higher as I read CDS's third priority:
That leads me to a potential third priority which is clunky, but fundamental. It is about having formations, units, platforms, systems and people that are both more deployable and deployed more, whether at home or abroad....There are risks with a shift from ‘contingent’ to ‘active and engaged’.
Doesn't look like this CDS will be tackling MOD's 'use it or lose it' mentality, then - in fact actively encouraging it, despite the evidence provided by a freshly-collapsed Afghanistan of what can happen when institutional interests become intertwined with the conduct of foreign policy. Anyway, the RAF has been in the 'active and engaged' mode since 1990 (to a significant extent), 2001 (to a great extent) and 2011 (almost overwhelmingly, after the SDSR10 cuts), and I'm sure the RN would argue likewise. If budgets remain constrained, a push for either service to deploy more is likely to require technological aspirations to be traded for increased mass - people certainly, equipment possibly (you can't exercise influence in a sim, IDT apart). The rest of the speech was good, but this section glossed over a fundamental problem the department shows no sign of closing with.

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