We were told by an Employment Tribunal in 1997 that the TA Bounty is viewed as the TA Pension by the MOD. We train for at least 27 days a year, yet the MATTs only take up a maximum of 2. The MATTs are not a test of efficiency. In my Unit I pick up a weapon once a year to do the MATTs, I watch a presentatation about LOAC, or V & S, and work my way through the First Aid booklet - and I do a gentle run or a CFT. So we are tested once a year on something that we are only trained on during the MATTs weekend. No way do I consider myself truely efficient at any of this - how can I be with the level of training I receive? Our real efficiency depends upon our effectiveness in our particular trade. A more accurate representation of efficiency is probably the SJAR/OJAR. I'm not saying we shouldn't do MATTs, far from it - but there's no way that they should continue to used to evaluate us for our Certificates of Efficiency, and therefore our Pension (sorry, Bounty). 2 people (not me!) in my Unit lost out on their TA Pensions (ie Bounties) last year, because they were not available for the one and only weekend that we were offered the opportunity to do our MATTs. One was seriously ill, and the other was on holiday (booked before the MATT w/e dates were changed). Both of them performed their own trade well during the year.