Bear with me chaps, this idea is embryonic. With all this drive to create a bigger TA and, of course, finding time to train a deployable TA chap up with work commitments I have an idea. Let's wind the clock back. The ACF claim descendancy to the Cadet Coys and Bns of the TA of days gone by, so the idea has stood before. am NOT for one minute proposing a military role for the ACF/CCF nor changing them, but this has a lot to do with the one time Cadet units of the TA. When I joined we had a Regular 'Junior Army' made up of Junior Soldiers, Junior Leaders and Apprentice Tradesmen. They received good quality training, and generally dominated the higher ranks of the NCOs. So could a similar a scheme benefit the TA of today? Open up a JLR (V) to manage and deliver centralsed training with ATUs having a 'Junior Trainng Wing' and TACs having trained SNCOs to deliver training to the JLs. (ie a PSI/SNCO with CRB and some training in working with under 18s). JLs would be recruited from the schools year 11, and inducted and trained during a 4 week training camp in Summer Hols after GCSEs. Drill nights would be used to keep them ticking over through the term, with some minor skills, fitness and the like. A weekend training session in the ATU during term time and at half term, Christmas and Easter would build on skills. With a 3 week (say) camp after AS Level Exams. The whole process is repeated for A level year. Culminating in a Final Exercise after A Levels. Say a 4 week camp. At which point the trained soldier joins his TA unit as a TS. With only 1 evening training sess a week it shouldn't be too hard on the school work, ACF often do two nights a week. Not to mentin coy weekends. The Lads could be paid in line with pay to current Juniors in the Regs. I think thre would be 110 days worth of training in the two years. Based on 8 evenings a term providing 2 hours of training, and grouped in to 8 hour 'days', 10 weekends (1.5 days) (one each term, Easter and Christmas hols) and three summer camps of 26, 19 and 30 days duration. Adv Trg could be thrown in (either as part of the course or as extra time) and Junior Ranks, maybe even drivng lessons (as a sweetner) but tie it all up with a return of service. In the second year trade training could be delivered, possibly being completed by the test ex, possibly not (depending on trade). Would such a scheme work? Deliver the quality lads we need in the TA? Could such a scheme work for Uni or similar? Or would the UOTC want to keep 'Officer' training reserved for the Uni?