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dapaterson said:Many support trades are intensive and training and in time required to maintain skills. Those more logically vest in a full-time component where there is greater RoI and greater ability to maintain those skills.
Res F =/= Reg F and should not attempt to; the differences must be understood when developing missions and roles to assign in various proportions to both components.
That concept, of course, shatters iron ricebowls in both components.
There honestly isn't enough time in a reserve training cycle for technical trades. My unit schedules one trades training day a month (long time ago we didn't even have that), thankfully some of our vehicle techs are also mechanics civi side, but for everyone else, the skill fade is an issue.
I honestly think PRes CSS, possibly even the reserves as a whole need to double our weekly training to two nights a week, one night can be for all the usual IBTS, and other mandatory briefs etc.... the other night just for turning wrenches and practicing our trades. Doesn't seem like much but it means 120 hours of training to atleast keep up a minimum of skill proficiency. combine that we say a two week summer concentration of some kind and perhaps we can bring up the skill level of our reserves, and help address retention. A lot of CSS types leave because they spend a lot of time on very long courses to come back to the unit and never touch their trade again.