Going on from what Onahi2002 touched on in his post, I would like to use this to highlight good and bad at present, and what can be done to improve things? A couple of points. 1. With a few notable exceptions, I think the welfare provision for those deployed is woeful. Wives and especially children are neglected. TA families are not necessarily service families and lack a lot of the support networks they would get in regular battalions. They feel themselves isolated and ignored. How about a card on the kids birthdays or a bunch of flowers for the missus? (My civvy employer managed this while I was away, but the TA did not!). 2. Families Officers should be selected as carefully as those deploying. They should attend some formal training and be sensitive to the requirements of the role. Some units selected superb individuals, who were rightfully honoured, these good people leave a lasting legacy with the blokes and their families. They are key to making the whole thing work. 3. Centralised events should be "family friendly". It is no good organising events on a midweek evening or expecting young mums to haul screaming kids all over the place to fit in with a regimental transport plan. 4. We also need to ensure welfare accommodates the modern notion of family. 5. The tracking of people attending post deployment debriefs is a little "hotch - potch", it needs to improve or we could be leaving ourselves open to all kinds of future trouble. Just because you've sat a group of blokes down, given them tea and biscuits, shown a couple of videos and asked them to fill out a questionnaire does not mean you've discharged your duty of care to them. 6. Forgive my ignorance, but do we now as a TA wide SOP have to conduct an exit interview? If not it definately needs to be introduced. 7. Last point. How many times recently have you heard someone citing "family pressures" as a reason for leaving? By including our families more into the life of the TA it will ensure that these pressures are eased, and could mean retaining rather than loosing that soldier. To the moderator - This is an important subject. I would appreciate it if you would deal "appropriately" with those who twist the posts intent. Thankyou.