This isn't about the merits of each individual v his/her regular counterparts or the contribution of TA peeps- which has been fantastic. I wonder if there's a better way to provide people to backfill the army on operations. E.g. 4 PARA do a gap year where they bring a bloke in, train him for a few months and then deploy him with a regular Bn. No countless years of paying a bounty and MTDs. A far more economical way of delivering the mission statement and they appear to have no problems recruiting people specifically to go on ops (although I gather there are issues with maintaining the para standard). Is the 4 PARA gap year model the way to go for the entire TA? Has the TA run it's course?