Having served in the TA for the last 21 years I am now wondering if its time to hand in the kit and walk. Have done FTRS, Op Tellic and had some great experiences over the years. But haven't effectivly trained in the last 2 years due to TA and Employer working on different time lines. My employer wants all annual leave Booked by the Previous December, TA unit won't give out camp dates at this stage as they're not confirmed. Weekend training Training returns sent out about 4-6 weeks ahead from unit requests for time off from work to be in 8-12 weeks in advance and a request is just that a request. Have tried explaining this to PSI's, PSAO's, RSM's TM's to no avail best one was being rung on a Friday afternoon to tell me I was starting a course on the monday morning Needless to say the PSI concerned was a little stunned when I told him a few home truths about the real world. Best about it is when I actually get time booked of for TA at last minite training cancelled or dates changed and PSI's can't get their heads round the fact I can't go on the new dates. The number of times I've heard well its your Â£1500. As I work in the NHS you would think they'd try and be helpful well nope. Unit was looking for people to go on Herrick and I had to basically say If I go on Herrick I won't have a civilian Job to come back to as our area is restructuring. Have asked about moving to different unit or specialist unit to no avail cept to be told well there is no places in thease units for your rank/trade in effort to keep me on current units books. At times I do wish someone would explain the realities of the real world to Potential PSI's and what shift work and anti social hours actually mean. I'm sorry its ending this way but it really is looking like time to hand back the kit and walk away.