What other large scale organisation has hundreds of 'professional' administrators who know where their revenue is coming from, has the ability to accurately forecast its outgoings and yet is incapable of setting out budget to its departments. Our beloved Whitehall MOD of course!! My TA unit had its yearly Budget allocated then within this same same Financial year had two rounds of emergency cuts each time requiring a reallocation of priorities and cutback on recruiting and training. Now we hear that all Cat A training is to be suspended (Paid Training). Having just recruited this weekend 80 new recruits many of whom have regular army aspirations - we are faced with reneging on our promise of paid training, adventure training opportunities and sport. How many students can afford to give up their time for nothing when they have significant student debt to service. It is the death of my unit and worse will discredit the credibility of the army as a reliable career opportunity. I have 20 yrs experience of the TA up to Lt Col level with two Op Tours and another planned. My faith in the system has been sorely eroded by this insane last minute budget cut. It follows years of annual reductions in budget, cut backs in force size, loss of quality of life. Those shiny ars*d idiots at the MOD should get a grip of what life is like at unit level, where we have many conscientious, determined quality soldiers ready to go on operations who ask only to be respected and fairly treated within the TA in return. Towing the party line on this decision is not an option for anyone with an ounce of moral fibre or a desire to protect the TA as an effective fighting force.