Having just read Mr Traceys comments on another thread, he struck a chord with me as it's a view I have been harbouring for a while. The Army 'thinks' it understands the TA but isn't the old adgage that 'a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing' relevant here? Everything I see on a daily basis suggests to me that the volunteers who have more than one life is a complete mystery to the average Regular, including those who have served with the TA. As they exist in a monocular world, complete with housing, pensions etc, their concept and understanding of the key 'drivers' for a TA soldier etc is extermely limited - many admit to me that 'they simply don't understand why we do it'. This is OK to a point - better to have a little space between us (women from Venus and Men from Mars territory) than to be in each others pockets but surely, this works to the disadvantage of the TA in turbulent times? In the early noughties, it was clear that the Army was prepared to overlook all sorts of things to get IRs, even relying on cr*p legislation and the goodwill of the volunteer to get them out of a hole. We showed loyalty to the cause. Now, times are hard and I get a deep sense that we are being shut out, closed off, as the cupboard doors are being pushed shut. Cuts are required so the first place they look is their part timers. Loyalty be damned, we don't have a vote, so get rid. Is it time the TA stood up for itself? Who else will?