08 October 2012
Having watched the whole speech I was more than somewhat disapointed,especialy his description of force 2020.His list of equipment to be operated by our forces held nothing new of note. Indeed he speaks of the T45 as the T25,so can't even get that right, (ok a minor mistake) thing is that they have all now been built and at sea one way or another. Astute submarines,still only seven in number and production slowed down to facilitate the gap between their production ending and the start of the 'successor' programme.Could have built another boat,seven is a bare minimum.T26 was mentioned in passing.
He did at least mention our 'cutting edge' carriers in the plural on two occasions,so hopefully that was a considered remark,also JSF flying off them.
As far as the RAF is concerned,all the aircraft he mentioned excepting the JSF and A400,are either in service now or coming into service.
The Army's equipment was barely mentioned except that it will have £5bn invested in armoured vehicles.
Now I am happy at the equipment we are getting,but there is just not enough of it,and placing so much reliance on the reservists is IMHO a great mistake. They can never replace full time proffessional soldiers however much is spent on them,and I do not mean that in any sort of derogatory manners.
michael - notts
08 October 2012
I would be very intrigued to know what the %age split is between private/public sector reservists. All very well saying civil servant reservists will get an extra 10 days special leave if they sign up but what about those reservists not in government employ? They will still have to use their leave if they wish to join the reserves.
To allow widespread coverage of this 'new deal' for reservists, private sector employers would need to be compensated for every reservist they employ so that all reservists can enjoy this benefit, not just civil servants.
AW Employee - Yeovil