Having been a regular many moons ago I look back and cringe at the way in which I judged and treated part time soldiers. Especially in the modern climate with our men and women dying in two theatres, why are the TA getting such a hard time? STAB baiting is fair game when its meant as banter and to get a slight rise or a bite. I know TA soldiers who work a full time civillian week, with all the pressures that go with it, homes to run, famillies to cater for, no cookhouse to square away thier scoff etc.... Then after all this, commuting and general earache that goes with being a grafting civvy they put on green kit at the weekends giving they're all. I know amongst them there are walts, wannabes and w@nkers, but I can recall plenty of them from regular Army life too.... TA soldiers are dying, getting seriously injured alongside our regular forces... What are the views of the current regular Army towards the TA? TA Military Cross winner Was this chap greeted with 'Get off me you big timing civvy walt cnut' when he rescued him platoon commander? Is the TA still sneered at or accepted as a good and welcome thing? Surely its a good thing? they wan't to be there, not biding thier time to sign off, not whining about how crap everythign is, just simply giving thier own time giving and sacrificing to serve in the same army as the regulars... I don't understand why the fangs are out.... Is it jealousy, knowing they can do 'your job' and do so as a hobby? and manage to run a totally seperate life on the outside? Thoughts?