Further memorandum from the Reserve Forces
and Cadets Association (15 December 2000)
The structure, organisation and mechanisms are
in place to ensure that Volunteer Reserve Forces and Cadets receive
the funds they have been allocated. In some areas largely due
to the overall pressure on budgets at every level shortfalls are
occurring or are likely to,
(a) Current levels of funding available for
estate management permit only statutory (A1) and some mandatory
(A2) tasks. This restriction will lead inevitably to deterioration
of the Reserves and Cadets estate.
(b) High inflation in the media-buying world
is eroding the purchasing power of the STP transfer allocation
agreed between Land Command's and the Adjutant General's budgets.
In financial year 2000-02 and 2001-02 there is insufficient funding
to launch a national TV advertisement for the first time in over
(c) Property deemed surplus to Reserve requirements
post-SDR consumes a proportion of sparse estate management funds
for upkeep and carrying costs, which are only refundable after
Defence Estates have completed disposals.
(d) Civilian staff support to TA units was
cut in the SDR. This has had an impact on the administration of
units, especially in recruit reception.
(e) The drive to reduce costs and rationalise
the Army Training Estate is in danger of denying some Reserve
units and the Cadets access to low-level training at week-ends.
RFCA OPEN DAY
ON 29 OCTOBER
1. This Day was held at the Duke of York's
Headquarters and NOT Chelsea Barracks.
2. The figures are:
3. It is impossible to say how many of the
firm enquiries will be converted into reservists for several months.
4. The enquiries are tri-Service enquiries
with approximately 15 per cent enquiring about the RNR and RAuxAF.
5. 22 potential adult instructors for the
ACF were also recorded on that day.
1. Figures have been supplied by the Defence
Analytical Services Agency (DASA).
2. Regular Army Recruits from ACF and CCF
for FY 1999-2000.
||ex ACF||ex CCF||
|b.||Soldier Recruits||ex ACF
|c.||Young Soldiers and Apprentices
||ex ACF||ex CCF||
3. Members of the TA with Cadet Backgrounds as at 31
4. It is not possible to provide any figures for cross-Service
cadet recruits or experience. It is known, for instance, that
some Air Training Corps Cadets do join the regualr army but the
figures are not recorded.
The list of TA buildings which the RFCAs believe should have
been retained is below:
Duke of York's Headquarters
York (Lumley Barracks) TAC
Brighton (Preston) Barracks
The Duke of York's HQ is perceived as the "HQ"
of the TA. Currently a presence is being retained but the longer
term is uncertain.