The topic of discrimination in employment, or in applying for employment, has arisen on another thread. It deserves a bigger audience. TA soldiers are weakly protected against discrimination Members of the Reserve Forces are protected by the Reserve Forces Act against certain forms of discrimination by their employer. However, that protection has many holes in it. Furthermore, it is left to the soldier to enforce the protection, except in very rare cases where employers have been prosecuted for the criminal offence of not keeping a soldier's job open while mobilised. The MoD does not perceive a need to improve the protection The Ministry of Defence does not acknowledge any need to enhance the level of protection or ensure its enforcement. The reason for its stance is that it claims only to be aware of rare instances of employment discrimination. But the reason it is not aware is that it has never actually conducted a proper survey of those who have been affected, or potentially affected by discrimination because they were in the TA or were considering joining. A survey So, let's conduct the survey here. Obviously, you don't have to answer all the questions (or any of them) if you don't want to. 1. For a reason directly related to membership of the TA (as opposed to performance at work), have you, or has someone you know, ever : (a) been dismissed? (b) been turned down for promotion? (c) been denied training or secondment opportunity? If the employer gave another reason but you believe the real reason was membership of the TA, please explain. 2. Have you ever been told by a career adviser or recruitment consultant not to mention your TA membership in your CV? If so, why? 3. Have you ever applied for a job and not got it because, you believe, of your membership of the TA? 4. If you are an employer (or work in a position where you have the capacity to do any of the following), have you ever a reason directly related to their membership of the TA: (a) dismissed someone? (b) turned them down for promotion? (c) denied them a training or secondment opportunity? (d) rejected a job application. If so, please give your reasons. My reasons for doing this We deserve better protection. We perform a function which society should value, just as it does the role of women in producing babies. But unless it can be shown that members of the TA are facing discrimination on a widespread basis, no improvement will come. Also, it's been at least four weeks since I have stirred some sh1t.