There is a DIN floating around ( http://www.army.mod.uk/linkedfiles/servingsoldier/career/mcmdivs/ta/soldiers/new_ta_procedures.pdf )that states that TA 'Contracts' will now initially be for 12 years. I cannot help but think that this is a bad, bad thing. It may be good for those working in Glasgow, for Unit PSAOs, and for JPA, but as for its effects on Recruiting and Retention? What 18-y.o wants to commit to 12 years? The rest of the DIN is little better. for example, to say that "Evidence suggests that the current system whereby a TA soldier has to engage every 3 or 4 years... hinders retention" strike me as complete nonsense. What is this evidence? I won't go on. What do fellow TA ARRSERs think?