Sirs, ladies and gents, A long time forum lurker here finally registering and posting, mainly out of frustration but also simply looking for some advice from a wider community. I'm an ex-regular Inf PTI - (Left as L/Cpl) who has relatively recently joined an Infantry TA unit, back as a Pte, but taking the role of one of two PTI's in the unit. Although it took me a while to get through the joining process, and then a bit longer to settle in to the way of working I've started becoming comfortable within the role in the unit - I'm basically a spare PTI bod on the battalion weekends but I'm more immediately concerned with the unit's own PT on a Tuesday evening. The mainstay of PT on a Tuesday seems to have been either some circuit work or some sport, every other week. (Should the other PTI have shown up) From what I've learned/experienced/mulled over in the time I've been taking PT is that the sports simply aren't good enough to be classed as a PT lesson (a no brainer there) and the gym circuits are probably just as pointless and useless - And all it seems to do is knacker the guys out and make them think "**** that" when PT is on the agenda again. In the regulars, even as a lowly Lance Jack, I was given the creative freedom to introduce challenging but fun PT off my own back - It's common practice. I'm not talking about skipping here, just something different or setting a theme - Something to make them not realise how hard they are working. PT doesn't have to be a ball ache, and I've been trying to introduce those elements into the PT I've been taking with the TA, especially so that they aren't put off by the thought of another PT lesson with me. Basically, something constructive. Not looking for brownie points or special commendations for using my brain, just wanting to fulfil the role I've been given. Anyway, my issue lies with the rank above me. Nothing new there, but bear with me. When PT is placed on for a Tuesday, the CSM or whoever will come and find me, say "Got a lesson plan ready? Good" and leave me to it - Fine. Even when PT isn't on the agenda, they'll come up to me and say "The bloke doing the map reading lesson hasn't rocked up, give them some PT" - Also fine. But I seem to be upsetting the apple cart somewhat, just by doing my job. Almost without fail, every single PT lesson I take is "too short" for the guy who is supposed to be taking the next lesson. I'm given an hour on paper, and I use that hour. The rank taking the other lessons afterwords clearly are not used to using a full hour for theirs though. I obviously upset a few people by asking for a copy of the PT store key so I can come in and set up early, so it's there ready to go, rather than have to wait around for the sodding CQMS to stop to touching himself long enough to open the door on a Tuesday. I also seem to be being abrasive by making my own lesson plans. "That bloke hasn't turned up again, give them some PT" "No problem, sir. I've Got a lesson ready." "Just get a football out of the store" "Ok sir, but I'd be good to do this PT lesson if I can" "Who's told you that you can use the empty car park for running around in? Football will do if you're taking it" ... You get the idea. I'm just looking for some input, basically. Am I really elongating my neck for a TA Pte PTI, here? I certainly don't think so, I just want to do the role. Not trying to over-stretch myself. Not looking to impress, nor am I trying to step on anybody's toes. Am I simply experiencing rank being difficult for the sake of being difficult? Or am I seeing that old-boy TA attitude I've been warned about? And either way, what can I do about it? I've tried persevering, hoping they might get used to it, but no joy. I don't want to kick off a war here, nor am I trying to bait anyone, this is a genuine question: What are Tuesday nights like for other units out there? Are they meant to be training evenings, with lessons slots and some effort expected, or more relaxed affairs? I thought I've been trying to fulfil my role, but if I'm being told to wind my neck in what should I do? deliberately make my lessons lifeless, useless and joyless or continue to actually try and help the unit within the low rank role I have? Yes, I'm frustrated but I mean no vitriol to the TA here, just want to be clear on that. Just looking for some other opinions on the matter. Many thanks for taking the time to read.