I was in Gulf 1 and although we only got 1 months notice before deploying, we trained non stop for that month. I am regular and have served in a TA unit and wonder how prepared the individual TA soldier was for Op TELIC bearing in mind the following: Regular CFT is 8 miles, TA CFT is 4 miles. To get a TA bounty you only have to attempt ITDs and pass any 2 out of the following 5. CFT, F Aid, NBC, Recognition, APWT. Personally I think it verges on criminal negligence not to fully train the TA up to full Regular Soldier standard before they deployed. Is this just another of Mr Hoons cheap options? I have no criticism of the TA, just a lot of respect but you don't get the same product with 28-32 MTDs a year compared with 365 and MOD have a duty of care to train personnel prior to sending them on Ops!