The hand in a bucket of water line is BS in the voluntary sector.
Someone leaving only has a minimal effect in a situation where you can employ people. Even then the new people cannot fully replace the skills and experience of those who leave, immediately. Very occasionally you get lucky, but it is very occasionally. But in the ATC you have people who are starting from scratch.
In the voluntary sector it’s more like putting your hand in a bucket of sand and taking handful out. I challenge anyone to say that a member of staff leaving does not create a hole. This is the same in any voluntary group and it only seems in our organisation is such is the conceit of senior management and the scorn and disparagement placed upon volunteers who don’t tow the party line.
If any squadron and wing can endure people leaving and have no detrimental effect, then it is nothing like what I have seen over the years. People leave and it leaves a credible hole in what can be delivered.
As others have said, HQAC rely on people just doing things in an altruistic manner and giving their time freely to do so without complaint and putting up with their bungling style of management at Wing, Region and Corps level, because they do this for the young people who join. However there does seem to be a significant groundswell of unrest and mistrust in the way the Corps is being managed. In the last year alone people have left as they just got fed up with the Corps’ management style, who you’d never have thought would leave, unless it was in a wooden box. One of my mates who left last Christmas has said he feels more relaxed and feels his quality of life has improved.
The only place that the bucket of water line has any real meaning in the ATC is at the top of the tree, where none of them would be missed. They are pipe and slipper dodgers unable to move on into the real world.
This agreement and making it a mandatory document is at best misguided and has the potential to be very damaging.
How many AEF pilots can be replaced at the drop of hat and likewise gliding instructors? If they could, we wouldn’t have had the problems we have had in those areas.