Just like SDR its all about having the right capbadge in the right area, to ensure the regular part of the regiment is well recruited. I used to be in one of the largest TA Bn's (maybe para's or RRF were bigger) but now they're gonna be a pln.
So so several years ago in the midlands, their existed two large WFR TA Bns and one weak LI TA bn (I was LI - so I know all 4 Bns were undermanned) - so how come now we are going to get 1 coy from all of Worcs, urban Notts & urban Derbys and 1 coy from rural Shropshire. 35-40% of all regular recruits for the mercians will come from Notts & Derbys.
Prettymuch. The TA Bns are apparently all regional, so the orphaned LI/ Rifles and Fusilier Coys are part of that regions Bn or are converted to another arm. This harks back to the costcutting exercise of Options for Change with subunits like the Liverpool Scottish, London Scottish and London Irish Rifles being bolted onto 5/8 Kings and 8th Queens Fusiliers.
They're in the same boat as other arms subunits/ units. They should have a list of CCRF volunteers I believe, who get an extra 3-4 (?) ITDs dedicated to CCRF training. It's only the 13 (FAS) regional general reinforcement battalions who don't get a choice. They're CCRF by default.