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Old 05-12-2011, 02:11 PM
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I miss him too. Coooooweeeeeeee....BeatrixFan: HI if you're out there!

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"Whatever William does, he will be critisized for wasting taxpayers money."

Yes.

And whatever is does/is doing is not haphazard. One presumes that it has been considered and discussed to the nth degree by the members of the RF and their advisers.

Charles is to be King. Then William. I expect the course of his actions are based upon equal measures of his own personal interest/happiness, his hereditary duty, the PR considerations of Charles' popularity and his own media exposure.

For my own opinion, for what it's worth, is that he's following a plan and doing it well.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:52 AM
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Royal Family's Military Duties

I hope I'm not in violation of protocol....this is just my second post and I looked to see if my question was addressed elsewhere. As a U.S. citizen I am very curious about how military service in England is different from the U.S. First of all, let me say how much I respect and admire each and every member of the Royal Family for its military service. In the U.S. it is very much a full time job with perhaps 30 days leave (vacation) a year, unless you are a member of the National Guard which is sometimes called (rather derisively) weekend warriors. It seems that William and Harry have much more time off. Is this because they are royal and expected to perform royal duties in their "down" time? They seem to have a significant time off for vacations. Are their careers considered to be full time? Or are they like our National Guard?

Thanks for being patient with a "newbie".
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:14 AM
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Might want to read through this thread;
Prince William's service in the Royal Air Force

As for the time off thing, they don't have more than any other service men. When attending royal events such as in connection with the Jubilee last year or the wedding last year they have to request time off and use their holiday "allowance". I think it seems that they're off all the time because that's the only time the press take pictures. William and Harry are full time members of the forces, not part-timers.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:19 PM
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They do get the standard six weeks' leave, just like anyone else. However, don't the warrior Princes get "special dispensation" at the request of the Queen?
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:01 PM
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This is a quote from the army site:

The Regular Army offers 38 days of paid leave each year – this is much more than many civilian employers and reflects the fact that you might have to work on some Bank Holidays. When you’re on operations you’ll be flown back to the UK for two weeks’ leave mid-tour, and get more leave when your tour ends. None of this comes from your annual allowance. The Army also has very good maternity and paternity leave arrangements.

I haven't investigated the Navy and the RAF but I'm sure the same sort of rules apply. Other changes would occur when on active service, i.e. Afghanistan,

Web site page is: Time off - British Army Website

When based at home, I don't believe that the military are on duty 24/7 either. Another quote from the Army site

Every Army job is different, but when they’re not on a training exercise or operations, most soldiers work nine-to-five, Monday to Friday. What happens after that is up to you. You can socialise with your mates, use the free sports facilities on the base or visit the surrounding area. And if it’s the weekend, you can go home to see your family and other friends.

Obviously Prince William works specific shifts as SAR pilot.

When asked by the Head of the Armed Forces (HM) to travel abroad on her behalf, I'm sure special arrangements are made.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:25 PM
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Without going into too much detail I can say that William will work shifts and in such a way that he will get longer time off (3/4days) quite regularly. My brother is a Search and rescue pilot in the RAF and typically works on base for several days, then on call where he had to be near bases but not on it for several days then is officially on time off when he can do as he please for 4 or so days. This I would imagine works in William's favour allowing him time to carry out public duties.
I have no clue how Harry works but I thought i read somewhere that he had to ask for special time off to go to Brazil and Jamaica. However from my experiences people in the armed forces can get time off to go on expeditions or adventure training type things which the military feel might boost their skills so Harry probably doesn't get a vast amount more time off then the regular army pilot.
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Some of the time William and Harry are using their own holiday leave to fulfil engagements - I seem to remember when William went to Australia not long after he got engaged to meet with people affected by the cyclones and floods etc. he was using his own leave on that occasion.

Whereas I believe that Harry got 'special leave' for his recent tour of the Caribbean and South America.

On the whole, both William and Harry are full time service personnel. William, for example, works 12 hour shifts as part of his role. More generally, for example if (as expected) Harry goes back to Afghanistan later this year, he will do a shorter tour than the American service people. The typical UK tour is 6 months, in the US it's 12. This has been cited as one of the reasons that rates of PTSD are lower among UK than US forces.
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Thanks to all for the prompt replies. It absolutely makes sense that if they work longer shifts for several days at a time, they they might have off several days following the shift. Our firefighters in the U.S. frequently work that sort of shift....24 hours on duty at the fire station for several days, then several days off.
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Hmm - where to put this?

Grrrrr - still waiting for Harry to get back from Afghanistan and for William to announce his decision about his military future (or lack thereof). Just grrrrrr.

There, I feel better now.
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Hmm - where to put this?

Grrrrr - still waiting for Harry to get back from Afghanistan and for William to announce his decision about his military future (or lack thereof). Just grrrrrr.

There, I feel better now.
Prince William's career is discussed in his Air Force thread, and Henry's absence is discussed in his Current Events thread.

Henry is due back this week, if the MOD had done it by date he would have been back yesterday but it's more likely friday. However some of my local regiment returned today from their four month tour and they left around the same time.
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Prince William's career is discussed in his Air Force thread, and Henry's absence is discussed in his Current Events thread.

Henry is due back this week, if the MOD had done it by date he would have been back yesterday but it's more likely friday. However some of my local regiment returned today from their four month tour and they left around the same time.
Thanks, Lumutqueen. I wanted to post them together and was really just venting. I did not want to be crabby in two places. But, thank you verily.
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Without going into too much detail I can say that William will work shifts and in such a way that he will get longer time off (3/4days) quite regularly. My brother is a Search and rescue pilot in the RAF and typically works on base for several days, then on call where he had to be near bases but not on it for several days then is officially on time off when he can do as he please for 4 or so days. This I would imagine works in William's favour allowing him time to carry out public duties.
I have no clue how Harry works but I thought i read somewhere that he had to ask for special time off to go to Brazil and Jamaica. However from my experiences people in the armed forces can get time off to go on expeditions or adventure training type things which the military feel might boost their skills so Harry probably doesn't get a vast amount more time off then the regular army pilot.
Thank you for sharing your own insight into how the SAR schedules work.
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i'm putting this in here because it is directly related to ~Harry's duties and recent responses to them. To put anywhere else will confuse any debate.

Attached is a link to a report of a soldier from the Rifles who has received an award for bravery - part of his awrd is about "neutralising" and enemy sniper.

I think this man is a hero and deserves his reward and no press reports will denigrate what he has done. Compare that with the response to Harry's recent interview. I feel in mant ways that the negative response from the media is (1) about not taking him seriously; and (2) getting back at him about his media comments.

But well done to Lance Corporal Wilson. Brave man.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...th-sniper.html
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