Whatever the result of the forthcoming election, there will be radical changes in the scale and structure of the TA. Ten minutes web searching for opinion formers suggests that the messages are already out there - fleet of foot, nimble, lightweight, surge capacity, out of area, world role, cheap, etc etc. Wherefore the Reserve of the next 20 years, especially the TA? The 'utility' argument is a powerful one, as is the fact that the TA has stepped up to the plate in recent years. The regular Army is likely to get smaller, albeit over time, so does that make a TA of the future more relevant or less, larger (cheap to add scale) or smaller (cadre'ised for maximum effort)? It'll come down to strategy, cost and ability to effect change but what do you think?