While considering these notes I have been reflecting the changes I have seen and been involved with over the last ten years and the extraordinary commitment of the Yeoman on operations. On occasions it has been nothing short of humbling to have witnessed such self sacrifice, whether it be at home, or in the workplace. Our Regular counterparts and Politicians will NEVER really know how difficult it has been for our people and they must NEVER take it for granted. We cannot exist on patronising platitudes or sheer ignorance - both of which I have witnessed in buckets full over four years in the MoD. We are NOT one Army or whole Army, or whatever the latest strap line is - The Volunteer is different, willing to serve, but those differences must be recognised. Cutting MTD âs whilst increasing the training and administrative burden is nothing short of dereliction of our responsibilities of "Duty of Care" and is only one example of the cack-handed management that is designed to lure our people to the Leisure Centre, or football matches at weekends and not to the TA Centre. The Reserve Review, which I have been part of, will, I hope, have been published by the time you read this. It is an excellent document and I commend it to you. However, unless the fine words contained within it are properly resourced and implemented we will reach a defining moment in the history of the TA. The Regiment is, I know, meeting these challenges with a mixture of their customary humour and dedication combined with the typical "can do" attitude that sometimes has been our own worst enemy. The fact that âthe job will be done whatever the cost in terms of human resource and resilience of the individualâ is becoming unacceptable. The Regiment has been my second home since 1972 and I am enormously honoured to have been asked to be the Honorary Colonel. I much look forward to my tenure and hope to play a part in the ongoing development of the Regiment as it rides into an uncertain future.