On another thread, . I was wondering how this mindset affects recruiting at your unit? I personally remember being on a recruiting stand a few years ago, when I was approached by a Sikh lad who was already in the RLC TA who wanted to transfer to the Inf but didn't know how to go about it. I took his details and promised to get stuff sent out to him. A couple of minutes later, a senior Tom turned around to me and said: S-T "I hope you sent him on his way" GG "Um, no" S-T "We don't want them Islamics in this battalion, anymore of 'em ask, send 'em elsewhere" GG "But he wasn't ev.." S-T "ELSEWHERE!" GG "Right you are". I didn't have the moral courage to stand up to him, although I'm fairly sure I would nowadays. Before you ask why I've brought this up, as can be seen in other threads, the TA is in the middle of a recruiting crisis. I believe that the TA is failing to recruit from Ethnic Communities (esp from India and the rest of the sub continent) and that it's suffering as a result of it. Admittedly on the down side we've got: 1) The security threat - people from these communities aren't screened in the way that people with Irish relatives are CTC checked. 2) Mixed loyalties - although linked to the above not quite the same (The "Ummah", not the website, the ideology) But on the Plus side 1) Zeal - some immigrants have a tendency to become more "Roman than the Romans" to coin a phrase. It would be good to harness that. 2) The security threat - better to have them inside the tent p*ssing out than outside the tent p*ssing in. 3) Feeder recruitment for the regs - Yes, under OAR I know that we're meant to be doing that anyway, but just think. Part of well documented Immigrant Psychology theory is that parents will do jobs that are extremely hard work, simply so that their progeny can have a step up in life. Singh Snr is not going to be incredibly happy that after 20 years of long hours and hard graft for very little reward, Singh Jnr doesn't want to be a banker/doctor/accountant/all the jobs his dad never had a chance of doing, he wants to join the PWRR as a tom instead. But the Singh family may have less of an objection to him doing it part time. He may then transfer over (stranger things have happened). 4) More contact between the military and the wider community. A lament often heard on this site is that most civilians have never met a soldier, TA or Reg. That gap is presumably wider in the ethnic/immigrant community. Surely closing that gap can only be a good thing. Penny for your thoughts?