I know it's been discussed on this forum elsewhere, but the requirement is not that you will do 16 hours a month - it is that you will complete 200 hours a year. I quote from the SOP: "MSC officers must perform at least 200 hours service each year (which includes essential training). However, for a MSC officer to become effective and efficient, they may need to perform duty at a higher rate." There is absolutley no mention of a monthly requirement, with good reason, examples being shift work or holidays preventing officers from doing duties every month whilst still being able to complete their annual minimum.
I think that my length of service is relevant - I have completed eleven years of service with an average annual hours total of 600-700 per year - so I have contributed well above my "agreed commitment to the cause" for many years. The reasons for a persons non fulfillment of hours needs to be addressed by a good supervisor rather than applying blanket decisions, especially if it's on a background of good performance (although I don't think this applies to me ).
There is no need for a leave of abscence as I will easily complete my annual hours this year - a quick check on MSC online shows that, to date, I have completed 120 hours of duty this year - I anticipate that I will be well above the 200 hours by the time July comes round.... My line manager is quite happy with my performance and is fully aware of my employment and that of others on the unit who won't be available due to Olympics priorities in their full time, paid, employment.
I'm looking at the MSCOnline SOP (which I think is out of date...)
Whilst you are correct the the SOP says 200 hours for the year, it doesn't deal with the situation of an officer doing their 200 hours in a single month and then doing nothing for the remaining 11 months of the year (Other than probably breaching the Working Time Regulations). A common sense approach is needed here (see ABSENCES FROM DUTY AND UNSATISFACTORY ATTENDANCE in SOP). IT would need to take into account mandatory training, skill level length of time away from duty...
Are you saying that if you have had a long career as a Special and have built up more duty hours in the past you should be credited for lack of hours in the future? I think your commitment should be judged by your current yearly hours as the SOP refers. That way everyone is treated equally and fairly regardless of how old, how long in service and how many medals you wear.
Edited by sarin, 08 March 2012 - 04:09 PM.