Having mused over the content of the TA Competitions Thread and glanced through the banter/competition regarding who were the first TA unit mobilised since Suez etc etc, I find myself drifting off into thoughts of how it used to be....Courage Trophy where TA units across London competed for fun and glory but in an atmostphere of half serious endeavour - if you won that was great but the point was to take part. TA units varied so much in training and ability (dependent on Corps, size and role) that the winners only ever came from a small group and the rest made up the numbers. These were happy days - turn up, meet some mates, compete with vigour and in good spirit, safe in the knowledge that unless you were in the Paras - who did this stuff for fun (?!) - then it was just a good and challenging weekend. Fond memories but ones that now seem improbable - yet it happened. MATT, DETAPOs, OAR, CMS, Officers Training proposals, increasing mobilisation, and rebalancing tendrils everywhere etc - we're becoming sanitised numbers - units of resource, trained across the board to a single standard with the Regulars in control. Is it a sign of the times....?