Just had a very good weekend. Learned a bit and worked on some skills and drills. All in all, pretty good. It was a well run weekend. Except............ There are seven companies in my Battalion. There were around 90 blokes there. From my location there were: 1 Officer. 6 SNCOs Nil JNCOs 5 Privates. Things change over time but I recall that a Company is around 120 men. Therefore at full establishment my Bn should be around 840 all ranks. We managed to muster 10% of our establishment. Should the CO be sacked? Should the Coy Commanders be sacked? Should the Regimental Recruitment Team be sacked? Should we all be written off as a ghost Bn? In a closing brief, we were asked by our Sunray to " phone our mates and get them to come in" I don't see TA people outside of TA. Do you? Isn't this what permanent staff should be doing? Clearly we are a volunteer force and can't expect full attendance all the time but how can we expect to be taken seriously like this? How can we make a difference? Someone needs a kick up the arrse and it isn't the junior who DID turn up and who might just happen to have the telephone number of somebody else in the unit.