Easy to get a Regiment re-formed:- Find it a role!
The reason we got the chop last time was because there was no role for the TA Infantry - and there still isn't, apart from BCR. Those who do survive are there because of a desire to keep a 'footprint' in certain areas, rather than any real Military reason.
And no, post 9-11 doesn't count - there is certainly not enough there to justify a spread of Bns around the UK.
I heard a buzz that the Londons are sending a Platoon(+) or Company(-) to Baghram Air Base as force protection for the Sappers working there. I understand some other TA Inf have done or are doing the task now.
It is true that a TA Pn+ is out there at the moment providing protection for the sappers.
The unfortunate thing once again is that they all had to volunteer, the govt didnt have the balls/finance to mobilise them so there has already been muttering about the fact that they could only muster x number of volunteers when really just about the whole bn would have been leaping into their bergens had they received the guarantee of a job to come home to.
please mention if you think I keep banging the same drum here chaps
I think this new union is going to be very strained for a while as the guards have never had territorial battalions and the concept will be very alien to them! Like many regiments, they are not keen on outsiders and this will be especially so as chaps will be wearing the proud capbadges of the Guards Division, each company being affiliated to one of the five regiments. I think it will do recruiting for the guards a great deal of good and I would say to the London Regt - have patience, show mega enthusiasm at all times and have pride in your turnout and bearing and the respect will eventually come.
Pardon me if I'm mistaken - now RGJ have gone does that mean you have fusiliers and London Irish left? I was in the Tyne Tees Regiment which was composite as well, I wonder why London Regiment has remained this way when all the rest have been disbanded? Personally, I'd be all for them rebadging and would be a very prestigious honour for a TA unit. I am ex guards by the way!!