They asked me to apply but it meant at least a £4k per year pay cut (maybe £10k!), it mucked up my pension so instead of retiring at 60 I would get my pension at 65, I would lose some of my leave and other T & Cs were considerably worse. The new job is actually at the same grade as I am now, but I have been told that the new person will be superior to me, although I will be expected to train them up and pass on my 9 years of corporate knowledge. All this and I should be happy to play second in command. WHAT the F.....!!!! What sort of organisation works this way? Why would anyone expect me to take on the role under those circumstances and when I don't they effectively demote me.
I have spent the last year being back stabbed by various military personnel who hold very definite ideas about civvies being equivalent to something they have trodden in. Where does this military arrogance come from? A lot of the officers/Sgt Majors I have met wouldn't stand a chance in real life. Their man management skills seriously leave a lot to be desired and if they ran a private company it would very quickly go out of business. I have gone from absolutely loving my job, to dreading going in every day, purely down to very bad management.
But there comes a time when enough is enough. I have given a month's notice and the relief is unbelievable. When I first made the decision I felt relieved but then the last six month's of sleepless nights hit me and I slept for England. I cannot believe how well I feel. I also cannot believe how unwell I have felt for a seriously long time and how it was all obviously down to stress. Now they will have to advertise for a Manager and another one of me. There is a certain satisfaction that I am leaving them in a bit of a sticky predicament, but hey, they really didn't care one hoot about me. I will be sorry to leave the young soldiers/sailors and airmen who I have been responsible for and I have made some very good friends among both the civilian staff and military staff, but it is time for a new chapter in my life and as soon as things are confirmed I will bring you up to date.