I recently had a chat with a senior Tom who had just come back from a career course at Catterick. To my surprise, he failed the course. The soldier concerned is fit, motivated and intelligent and has a nice yellow gong following service in the sandpit. I wont go into the reason why he was told he failed ( would narrow him down too much ) but its fair to sy I was surpised at the reason given. His next comment was that the platoon commander made it clear that he really did not like the TA and saw no reason to put in any effort. The bloke concerned is too mature to sulk about it, but he does feel aggrieved. The problem is, that if less mature students get to Catterick on their courses and get an unneccesarily hard time from DS, all of the effort taken to recruit and retain the soldier is wasted. The vasy majority of regular soldiers I've worked with have no problem at all with TA soldiers ( well there is one NRPS WO1 who "fcking hates TA..." ...twat... ) but to me, the man is in the wrong job if he is supposed to be delivering training to soldiers.