In a Home Guard/home defence role? Then yes, local knowledge and connection to the population in the area can be an advantage.If a TA unit was operating on it's "home turf", (for example as the UDR did) can this result in a benefit, compared to regular soldiers who don't know the area so well?
Well that's an interesting point.I'm not sure how the TAs would operate at a local level since they haven't existed since 2012.
Or more serious, in the case of the UDR.Don't forget 'local knowledge' works both ways. The kind of people who end up in the TAs are also the kind of people who were bullied at school, and are now working security at Morrisons. They're not respected, liked, or feared, and I suspect that after the first altercation on their own door stop would stop attending any drill nights.
A simple wrong turn, in a place such as Northern Ireland, has resulted in disaster.In the event that the UK is relying on the local knowledge of AR units as a critical factor in the defence of the country I'd say we're royally screwed by then.