How's this for a piece of silliness. I am a TA Major, physically very fit and dual qualified RGN/RMN. I also have a PhD and language skills (Russian). However, because I teach in higher education (teaching clinical stuff) I am not considerd 'clinically current'. Despite having volunteered for Herrick 10a have been told that I can't go. In addition, I work on a NHS nurses bank in acute medical nursing 2-3 times a month to keep my hand in, and no, I don't find that I've forgotten everything or can no longer remember which orifice to put the thermometer in. I was deployed on Telic 3, having volunteered. I had no problems there and came away with a very complementary insert slip. I can't help but feel that 2 med. brigade is run by jobsworth idiots who understand nothing at all about clincal competence or professional responsibility. Don't get me wrong, I can see the point of having to be doing the job every day if one is a surgeon nor would I have the temerity to put myself forward for work on ITU but I have no problems doing general medical or psychiatric nursing in the NHS so why not the army? In the meantime poor bloody regulars will get dicked time after time for deployment. Of course, in the long-term, what this also means is that unless one is 'on the ward' there is no place for senior nurses in the TA, whether educationalists or managers. Yet, funnilly enought the regular army seems to be lifting with people who also do little or no clinical work but still make these decisions.