I was asked by a friend why I bother attending the TA. When I mentioned all the good things such as AT, shooting things, the top quality rat packs et al he seemed quite interested in joining up himself. Then he said "But I couldn't afford to do it" This really confused me and when I questioned his last reply he not only didn't realise you were paid for the time you give but actually thought you had to paythe TA!!! Now this bloke is switched on (contrary to what you may think) and has quals coming out of his ears but if he thinks this then whats happening with other people and their conceptions of the TA? I know this may be a one-off thing but I do know of a few people who believe the TA is a non-paid voluntary service.