History buffs might want to read from page 1. Otherwise, head straight to page 7. Summary The problem: the launch of the new Armyjobs website has had a massively negative impact on the TA's web recruiting effort (see here). The solution: www.tanearyou.org.uk Your role: go to that site and register your unit's various subunits (click on the link at the bottom of the home page). Background 1. Murder/manslaughter most foul On 1 April 2007, one of the TA's most effective means of recruiting was the victim of a silent assassination. Its killer was called Armyjobs.mod.uk. It did its foul deed in the name of a political doctrine known as "One Army Recruiting". The victim was modest, unassuming. It was a search function on the home page of the old TA website: TA Near You. But that function's modesty hid its power. A potential recruit to the TA could find it easily (by Google) and very swiftly work out how to use it to discover the TA units most easily within reach. Armyjobs replaced that function with a weaker, milder (and in some cases malfunctioning) one - and buried it deep in the new One Army Recruiting website. The results which this new Armyjobs patsy produces bury information about the TA beneath a mountain of irrelevance. For a more detailed examination of that website's failings, see here. With the demise of the old TA Near You, the flow of potential recruits making contact with the TA after having investigated it on the internet has seen a huge decrease. Figures I have seen suggest that the drop is in the region of 98%. One Army Recruiting has not even begun to compensate for that fall. In my unit's case, it has provided sufficient enquiries to reduce the 98% fall to a mere 97%. 2. Voices of alarm ignored I believe that the impact of TA Near You's demise was swiftly spotted by TA recruiters who kept watch on website viewing statistics. Comments about the new site's failings were made - and supported with detailed argument. But the One Army Recruiting website remains unaltered. And so other means need to be engaged in, at least for now. Otherwise the effects of this catastrophic decline in online recruiting will swiftly feed through into the numbers joining the TA - and, given the perennial "churn" - quickly into a rapidly falling number of people in the TA. 3. Addressing the problem, TA style The new Armyjobs.mod.uk site has been failing for nearly three months, with no sign of implementation of the simple but necessary improvements which have been suggested. And so danglydell and I have created an interim substitute: www.tanearyou.org.uk From flash on 14 June to bang today: not bad, and done for roughly 0.0001% of what it would have cost the MoD. Although danglydell has done a great job in producing the current "beta" version of the site, it's an amateur effort (in the sense that it is being done voluntarily and out of passion for the TA). The new site relies on YOU. Neither danglers nor I could possibly create an index of all the TA units in the country. So we need you to help. All you need to do is go to the site and add your unit's details using the link at the bottom of the home page. We (well, danglers) will do the rest. 4. How long we sing this song? Clearly, if the Armyjobs website implements certain cheap and obvious changes there will be no need for the new TA Near You website. Which is a shame, really, as the volunteer TA effort is better (by which I mean better value, faster, better-looking and more intelligent) than the official MoD ones ever have been. But ain't that always the way? Yours ever, Dr Evil and danglydell (MBE, in all likelihood) PS Yeah, there are weird transcription errors in the text of some units' descriptions - it has trouble with apostrophes - but don't worry, we'll sort them. Also, we're trying to work out a way of differentiating between national (specialist) and regional (independent) units: we'll implement that when we can.