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What's happening at the armoury floor level, based on my understanding, is that the Army is paralyzed by COVID to the extent that conscientious COs and unit level Officers and SNCOs are dreaming up training to keep the troops interested and progressing while those many levels above their pay grade are still extracting their craniums to get their heads around what the regular training year should look like.
In the meantime, exercise wise, we're pretty much doing what we've always done: range ex for PWT 3, FTX to practise various field skils and drills, all within the context of some vague higher level plan that may, or may not, result in some kind of culminating exercise. All Mess Dinners and other collective social events are cancelled.
'Slightly Adrift' might be an apt description of the whole experience right now.
While I didn't mention it in a recent post, D&B, my thought on reserve restructure involves a completely different training/exercise system from the current one. There is a mandatory collective training scheme which includes 10 x 2 and 1/2 day weekends (one per month except July and August and a three week exercise in August) all of which have centrally mandated individual and collective operational training BTS modules to be completed throughout the year: e.g. PWTs, CBRN refresher, LUSAR, crew served weapons trg, etc and various tasks/exercises commensurate with the unit's type and role. Effectively units will have a four-year cycle to go through which brings them to a competent, deployable status and which will clearly indicate how much additional training the unit requires if it is required to deploy prior to completing the whole cycle. Units are not responsible for any individual advancement training at all but concentrate solely on the collective.
IMHO the Army P Res currently waste precious time and resources (ie pay) by providing only a few mandated requirements and leaving the rest of the training schedule to be ad hoc'd through the year usually with insufficient guidance, supervision and resources. I'm at heart a firm believer that a CO should be given a mission, resources and then be left to train his unit, however, experience has shown that most reserve units simply aren't able to do that both because of external and internal factors. We need more top down rigour. Units and their members should know the entire training plan a year in advance so that both family and employer/school commitments can be properly met.