I know this may have been covered in lots of threads but I'm hanging up my boots soon after 20 enjoyable (most of the time) years in the TA. Many of my fellow old school NCO's are thinking like me that the endless rounds of changes have killed a great deal ethos cameraderie and spirit which made the TA a worthwhile second career. Has BLair and his penny pinching crony Cutback Gordon created this situation of using the Reserves as a band aid for the Hard pressed Regs. I.e backfill/BCR's on the cheap you bet. Am I glad that by finally voting with my feet I might actually bring about a change in policy that doesn't involve invading other countries, perhaps. But as a serving soldier you can't complain too much. afte all you sign on the dotted line and go wherever the F@ckwit poiticians send us. Do I expect to be properly equipped and managed of course. Unfortunately as we are all too painfully aware this present administration provides cheap ammo that jams, and promises kit that probably will be delivered too late ( if at all ) and overbudget, while the incompetents at the MOD preside over their failed procurements time & again- if they worked in Industry they would be fired. So what do you think, is the train set broken?