By Godfrey Bloom
When a very old friend of mine refused a major army promotion I started to think about the Territorial Army, our volunteer reserve, and how it is being devalued by this Conservative-led coalition government.
I will not embarrass the officer concerned, nor will I break the Chatham House rule by suggesting where he made his observations on the role and recruitment of the volunteer reserve. But his point on refusing a one star (brigadier) appointment to carry out the role of reserve 'tsar' was its perceived inevitable failure. To refuse such promotion is expensive, in terms of salary and pension. It was a three year posting. One star rank in the modern tiny army is now probably the ultimate dream of any young Sandhurst cadet (my personal ambition was to avoid actually being cashiered).
Most of my undistinguished career was spent with the logistics wing of 4th Armoured Division BAOR, although many of my fun days were with a London Yeomanry Squadron. In one role or anotherRead More »from Let the army sort out jobless young people