Chaps, Last year, it took a correspondence war with the school which employs one of my blokes to get them to release him for annual camp. Brilliantly, their argument was that TA training is done in one's spare time and so should not require the school to grant him any leave at all. They have a point: the point that TA training is a "spare time" activity is made no fewer than 3 times on the official TA website. Territorial Army - British Army Website Indeed, as an aside, I wonder whether other employers might latch onto that "spare time" hook as a justification for removing reserve forces leave entitlement, whether paid or unpaid, or even preventing people from using their statutory annual leave entitlement to undertake TA training. We should be doing TA training at night and at weekends only (or whenever people are not normally working). In which case, cheers, MOD! Last year, I bargained the school into letting him go for a 9-day reduced camp during term time. I had hoped that by now the relevant punters would, in light of FR20 etc, have extracted the frikkin digit and done something to require employers to release employees for TA training, but no such luck. Instead, it's Groundhog Day for the soldier - only this time, his attendance on camp is crucial to his PDT. Any advice, anyone? Any policy in the education domain on supporting reserve forces training? On that point, note that schools are required by law to release teachers for trade union activity. That legal requirement does not seem to cause the education system much drama (I was about to write "does not seem to have caused the education system to collapse" but realised that this might trigger the wrong kind of debate). Any news on making TA training mandatory and on matching that (and it will have to be matched) with enhanced employee protection?