The numbers of Officers in post within the current structure of the TA is currently significantly less than establishment. TA Officer numbers have been dwindling for some years (many units have only one or two) changing the dynamics of the Officers Corps - more LE, less young blood, more SO2/Majors and above, SNCOs in command positions - with consequent impact on structures, ethos, credibility. Heads have been scratched as to how to improve this situation and msr has banged on about this relentlessly in the past. We've 'made do' in the interim. The Graduated Commitment Model is being done to death elsewhere will have an impact on the demand and attraction of a TA Commission, as will Hybrid Units, funding, scale of the TA, the OCP etc. Questions then: If you have commissioned of late - was it worth it? Should the Commissioning Training course be adjusted - to Commission earlier subject to ongoing training up to substantive Lieutenant? Have you looked at a Commission and decided it wasn't for you and why? Why would you join as an Officer these days? Is the economy an issue? Does the IR generation machine offer Officers anything? Should the TA make an effort now to recruit Officers? What's the point? The UOTCs are still not paying the Cadets following the recent cuts - they were excluded from the add back. Were you an Officer Cadet and are you still turning up? Is there a role for Officers on Ops - really? How do you get to be a TA 2 Star?