For anyone who knows how the Army RP staff work, the decision to make savings of Â£20m by suspending TA trg would not have been taken easily and would be cognisant of those areas of Army spending that were being safeguarded in order to sp operations in Afghanistan and the Regular Army (the TA may be the reserve of first choice but the Regular Army is still the army of first choice!). Mindful of this, the subject of the TA cutbacks has become emotional to say the least, not only on this splendid website but also on the hallowed grounds of Parliament. Clearly there have been certain concessions made to the TA in the past couple of days due to mounting political pressure. I would argue though that this pressure has been brought to the Governmentâs and mediaâs âin-traysâ by personal, and highly privileged, questions from serving TA officers who are also MPs. Whilst the proposed cuts to the TA are unsavoury, the matter of âTA MPsâ raising questions in the House against a chain of command which they can opt to circumvent is, I feel, militarily immoral and not conducive to MPs serving in the TA in any capacity. Either that or they should be barred from raising issues apropos the TA (clearly this option is unthinkable in the Commons). I am interested what the thoughts of ARRSE are.