Ex-servicemen even those who only served months, are a nostalgic bunch and the part-timers will have a certain % of regulars washing through over short periods, until the nostalgia is slated and people finally decide to put it behind them. I myself did 9 years in the RSigs and then spent some time in the TA Light Infantry in the late 90s, on the self same emotion, but it faded quite quickly.Not a dig, but how many Ex-Regulars actually go over to the reserves?
Maybe more at the SNCO level but alot of juniors are completely dissatisfied they don't even look at the AR. The loss of the £10k bonus for Ex-Regulars is also likely to affect it.
To be fair I enjoy the Army, but I don't think I would join the AR if I was to get out. The Cons seem to outweigh the benefits.