As any fule kno, reservists across the three services are not classed as part time workers, we're classed as casual labour. I've had a few thoughts about this in the past, and having looked at the "Mobilisation" and the "Employers" threads, and seeing the collective HR/Management types chatting away nicely, I thought this was the time to discuss them. 1) Discipline. In the real world, you don't really bother disciplining casual labour. You sack them and hire new ones. But how does this apply to us. I hear you cry? Well, with AGAI 67, a commander can fine his subordinates, or give them extra work periods. Great for the regulars, unworkable for the TA, RNR, et al. How can you fine someone who has no fixed income stream? How can you force casual labour to come to work? If they turn around and say "can't attend that punishment sir, I'm working/looking after the sprogs/chucking one up the Missus", there's not a hell of a lot that can be done about it. I know this is something that doesn't happen often, but given a bad soldier and a poor officer, there's potential for it. 2) Mobilisation. When the great and glorious government declared us to be casual labour under European law, did this not create an avenue for appeal? After all, I would have thought that the fact that the employee was hired "on a casual basis", meant that the work was voluntary on both parts. You don't have a job to lose, so don't rock up if you don't feel like it. Again, not something likely to come up often, especially now the MOD is using "intelligent mobilisation" to decide who goes and who doesn't, but something to think about.