As megalomaniac-in-residence, I am allowed to start my own new thread rather than put this on page 47 of another one. Seems that there are several ways to analyse what was done to the TA last week. It was: (a) an accident of poor budgetary planning (b) a misfortune due to the fact that TA MTDs are a discretionary spend and easy to stop (c) part of a deliberate covert plan to get rid of, or significantly shrink, the TA (d) the natural consequence of making Afghanistan the Defence main effort (e) a personal and/or institutional affront Statements of the bleeding obvious. Time for some platitudes: each one of the above is plausible on its own; the truth is likely to be a combination of them; the weight we give each varies from person to person; no one has yet expressed what the correct mix is - and I will not say that I am equipped to do so. However, it is worthwhile to have a go at trying to make sense of them all, together. The affront. I will not criticise those giving greatest weight to explanation (e): how you have reacted to all this is a personal matter and there has indeed been a certain callousness shown, especially in how the decision has been relayed to the media (essentially by implying that the bulk of the TA does not train for operations, so the cuts will not have any detrimental impact). Chuck 'em out. I am a bit surprised by the level of shock that the affronted display. The Army and the nation have never been particularly kind to the TA (witness the use to which the TA was put at the start of WW2 and the rapidity with which the regular Army reasserted itself after its end), or to Tommy generally. That is not to excuse the affront, just place it in context. Taking stock. The affronted are quite right to take this opportunity to think hard about whether the MOD is the best recipient of their wish to contribute voluntarily to the benefit of the nation. A large number of voluntary organisations would grab anyone prepared to commit a large chunk of their free time plus a dedicated evening per week plus one weekend per month plus two weeks per year. OK, so it would be unpaid - but we're not really in it for the money, right? Volunteer and be valued. I am not suggesting that you be kicked out - just that now might be the right time for you to take stock and consider whether your efforts would be better spent, and more valued, elsewhere. Just Google "volunteer UK" and you are away. Fast changes arriving. For those who decide to stay, the message must be: expect radical change, and make it work. But the same is true for Defence generally. Notice how the message has finally got through that the MOD cannot maintain the fiction that it will ever be able to procure all those bits of kit it wants. No longer can it keep them all in a permanent vegetative state by drip-feeding funding rather than cancelling them. If we cannot get the kit then the things we can say we are able to do will have to change. Pish and pie. Given the budgetary state, the change is likely to be very significant. The TA has simply been unlucky in that it has been hit early by the financial impact. Those in the regular Army who are currently taking the pish should stand by for a nice big plate of humble pie. Both they, and those in the TA who have been shocked or affronted, simply have not grasped the extent of radical surgery required by making Afghanistan the main effort. TA in the ER. The surgery that will be inflicted on the TA is, as anyone can see, going to be very significant. If you were put in charge of designing a new TA from scratch, capitalising on specialist/civvy skills for the current war (rather than to provide a reserve capability in case of future war), what would you have? Medics, CIMIC, Military Stablisation Support Group, PsyOps. That would pretty much be that, especially if the chaps in LAND were telling you that the regular Army is fully manned. It's nothing personal, really. It's just that the situation has changed. Those people (medics, CIMIC, etc) do not need a TA chain of command above them, nor (necessarily) a TA support system. They can be trained and sustained by adjuncts of the regular system and by expanded RTCs. Stuck on you. Now, you are a smart type with a load of transferable civvy skills (as people in this forum have maintained they have all this time). Why not sit tight, see how things pan out, embrace the change and be good at it? Get stuck into the COIN effort we are part of when and where you can produce the greatest benefit. Win the current "battle", if we can call it that, or at least do your best to ride it out. And be there in five years' time when they need to re-establish the TA for the coming LSDI.