I am interested to find out more about how the TA is trained. A number of years ago, the powers that be (regular) in Australia decided that Reservist need to have the same competencies as a Regular soldier. Up till that point reserve courses were normally of 2 weeks duration. For example the recruit course for a reservist was 2 weeks and was conducted regionally whereas a regular would attend an 8 week recruit course at a central location (the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka). A Reservist who wanted to become a medical assistant in an infantry battalion needed to attaned 2 x 2 week courses to gain their limited qualification whereas a full timer to gain a full qualification needed to attend a 26 week course. Up to that stage it was agreed that there would be different standards between regulars and reservists and that if Reservists were to be deployed they would build up their standard in pre-deployment training (when an infantry company deployed to East Timor with one of the regular battalions they spent 6 months in predeployment training.) The best way to describe Resreve training was 'just in time training' whereas Regulatr training was 'just in case training'. The current system requires a reserve recruit to do a 6 week recruit course (the regular course was reduced to this length), a reserve infantryman now needs to do 8 weeks of training (post recruit course) to be qualified and a med assist now needs to do the whole 26 week fulltime course to be qualified to sit under a tree at a range practice. The consequence of this is that reserve numbers are dropping rapidly. How does the TA train?