The role and future of the UK Volunteer reserve forces? I didnt want a poll as I could skew questions to suit the answers I wanted but I really want opinions. Is the TA etc a formed force with a clearly defined role or a pool of bodies to act as IRs for the regulars. What role if any should exist for the TA bearing in mind that not all of us have crystal balls? I have an ulterior motive as both of my sons are approaching the age and I am concerned that if they join they will be railroaded into volunteering for one of New Liarbours foreign adventures!