The organisation is extremely poor at supporting staff when they are having a low time.
I know people who have had mums, dads, husbands, wives, sons and daughters who have passed away or become seriously ill and the Corps’ support runs to ‘go NEP’, probably at a time when the distraction and camaraderie offered by the Corps is needed most.
When I went through redundancies and having to find new jobs, the ATC fell off my personal radar and I mentioned it to Wing the only thing they suggested was going NEP, which I didn’t want to do, so I resigned my commission and re-joined as a CI. Didn’t make me popular, but I was more important than the squadron, which is still going.
As for the job vs hobby, it is very easy to fall into the do everything trap and get totally bogged down in it. Unfortunately Wing, won’t offer any support, will let you do it and when things aren’t going so well, come down on you.
Also on the ‘do I leave’, question, the volunteer agreement could well make some question remaining.