House of Commons report on SDSR Summary: MOD/Army failed to properly consider or integrate TA/Reserves in SDSR Pte Luke Cole (V). Despite MC awarded derisory pension due to 'part-time' status. Insulting, insensitive, disloyal, a disgrace. The TA has provided 15,000+ people to support Ops without any change in mission, establishment, or training support (RTCs generated from within), without any additional resources and within an unequal pay and allowances regime. The TA has also changed culturally in the last ten years without any help from the regular Army or the MOD. TA being increasingly 'regularised' by unsighted and erroneous standardisation yet without any change in resources, pay, or support. GCM introduced without a trial, without any proper basis in fact, and without the tacit consent of those that would be directly affected by it. Change will only work with the consent or understanding of those affected. The GCM has neither. FTRS opportunities being eroded yet even CGS's intent quotes ease of transfer between regular and TA service as a key aspiration. TA/Reserves do not have access to military primary health care (especially dental). TA is 30% of the Army, with 1% of the costs and about the same in representation at top level, yet delivers 10% of operational personnel on a rolling basis. Legislation (RFA 96 etc) to protect mobilised service is ineffective and the Army relies on willing volunteers. TA Pay and Allowances at a bare minimum (pay is 1/365th of a basic regular rate without any increments) yet being further eroded by GCM and T&S restrictions. JPA generally unavailable at weekends. The TA could be doubled at will to deliver double the utility at another 1% of costs - cost effective? I think so. Even though the TA is treated as second class citizens, it continues to turn up and deliver. Prime Minister, Mr Fox, Generals, MOD mandarins, is it not perhaps time that you had a long hard look at how the Reserves could be better utilised? Perhaps in a constructive way? Who knows, you might discover opportunities way beyond your expectations or invariably limited experience of the Reserves. After years of cuts, implementation of new regimes, deteriorating training facilities, and poor pay, the TA still turns up and parades. 'A volunteer is worth ten pressed men' - best to start using that enthusiasm before you finally squeeze it dry. One Army? It's about time the promise became reality. This is the time to get it right.