I hear that there is a TA Lt Col surgeon who has refused to mobilise for the forthcoming entertainment in the Gulf. I bet that he has been more than happy to receive his annual tax free bounty for however many years that he has been in the TA, and moreover I bet he has enjoyed being a part of the TA. I am now in the regular army, but I spent a number of years in the TA and I know damn well how the system works. If this scrote has decided that his civilian job is more important than his commitment to the Crown then he should be court martialled without delay - along with all the other bullet dodging, money grabbing little weasels who blight the rest of the TA and Reservists. The TA is a fine organisation that is struggling to exist with ever increasing cuts and erosion of morale and the last thing the good natured and honourable TA soldier is some ****** who is happy to live some fantasy life at weekends but is not capable of doing his job when the call comes. If he doen't turn up as he has been ordered to do then he should be held accountable for each and every soldier who loses his life, is maimed or disabled because inadequate professional medical care was available when the bullets start coming the wrong way.