I recently attended two Remembrance parades in Northumberland, while both parades were really well attended by the general public. The TA numbers were sadly lacking on what they were in say the late 80s and 90s. While this thread is not sentimental towards SLRs and cold war warriors, just wonder if the 1999 SDR and the capping of MTDs is now reaping its rewards in the face of government "U" turn on the TA/Reserves? Are the TAs lack of numbers/recruiting down to.. 1, Long winded recruitment procedure for an end result that gives nothing back to the recruit in the short term, especially if he/she joins a unit that is poorly recruited in the first place? 2, Once through recruit trg, unit trg is so poor that he/she decide why have I bothered and leave? 3, Or should I just pour another vodka and shut the **** up?