Came across this article on the Boy's Sqn RAC site the other day thought you all might be interested in it.
Take care out there come the revolution !!!!
Subject: Where Are Our Tanks
Thought you might be interested in this. Got to keep the site active.
Ayrshire Barracks, Theatre Fleet Support Unit. BFPO 40. For now. Come on Baldsparrow, we've done this before on here and you've forgotten!
You were at the time, 'pretending' it to be a hush-hush secret as to how many tanks were stored there and promised to find out from your 'secret sources'! Seems you may have done that! Only 11 tanks? We're 'missing' over 100. I had thought TFSU had around 80 there. Perhaps you could question your 'secret source' as to where they all are?
Oh, fuel tank/bag(?) problems too, on all of them. The tanks, as you've said, are not maintained and are not even exercised.
As the 100 years RTR celebrations are nearly upon one, it it a sobering thought that the UK cannot field a regiment with a full compliment of tanks (52+) and that there is no training with tanks, not even in BATUS, where a full regiment's worth of tanks could be employed if they were available. 2020 doesn't 'allow' for any 'true' armoured formations as they used to be nor as one may think they should be. true, much other training is taking place but very little of it has direct military value, unless there's a B3 Tweeting course underway, with a B2 Facebook course to follow and then a B1 Photography course so that all the sports being played by our 'trained' soldiers can be snapped and posted out to the media outlets, schools etc. "What, no gunnery practice tomorrow?". "No, no tanks available, the Reservists are playing on all six of them for the foreseeable future so, the squadron will, er, will do some orienteering and then play football, making sure lots of photos are taken and posted for our admiring public/no, scatch them, they'll be for ourselves and other regiments to view". "Remember, your task is to get as many 'likes' as you can".
Now is also the point in time perhaps, where unless reality checks are undertaken and massive re-investment is made in the Armed Forces equipment and personnel plans, one may as well wind up not just the remnants of the RTR but the entire RAC too. Everyone can become Jackal drivers and machine gunners/observers in a new version of the 'old' Recce Corps as 'that's wot will scare Putin and give us victory'!
A reality failure occurred today http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-39913552
with the chief MoD buffoon stating that the Tories would build up the Armed Forces strength to 82,000 by 2020 where the reality was that the Tories pledged in 2015 to 'never let the strengh fall below 82,000', which of course is what has happened with the current strength at under 79,000 and falling. Lies, damned lies and more buffoonery in plain view.