TA Advantage over Regulars?

Glue_Sniffer

Old-Salt
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?
 

Houseboy

Old-Salt
Hush criminal.
 
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?
In a Home Guard/home defence role? Then yes, local knowledge and connection to the population in the area can be an advantage.

Don't forget that the Army Reserve is more than just infantry, there are a good many specialist units too.

As to the local knowledge, the Reserves have been cut back over the course of many years, and a lot of the country no longer has a 'local' infantry unit.
 
I'm not sure how the TAs would operate at a local level since they haven't existed since 2012.
 

Chef

LE
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.
 
That's going back over twenty years to when you had home defence TA units and NATO reinforcements.
The question was whether you preferred to get nuked at home or run over as a speed bump when the 3rd Shock rolled over the West German border.
 

anony_mouse

Old-Salt
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.
 

Glue_Sniffer

Old-Salt
I'm not sure how the TAs would operate at a local level since they haven't existed since 2012.
Well that's an interesting point.
TA implies a Home Guard / HSF / UDR type role.
AR implies they fill the gaps in expeditionary warfare.

Interesting that the government changed the name, just as the expeditionary campaigns were winding down..
 

Glue_Sniffer

Old-Salt
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.
Or more serious, in the case of the UDR.

But also, if there's a flood etc, then the local TA guys will be more concerned with their own homes and family.
 

Dr Death

War Hero
Where the hell are they based?
At Parkhurst Barracks.
Which is part of HMP Isle of Wight operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.

They have Boat, Mobility, Air & Exercise Troops.
Spearhead battalion in case of a sudden invasion at the Needles.
 
At Parkhurst Barracks.
Which is part of HMP Isle of Wight operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.

They have Boat, Mobility, Air & Exercise Troops.
Spearhead battalion in case of a sudden invasion at the Needles.

my point was the spelling of White vs Wight...
 

Glue_Sniffer

Old-Salt
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.
A simple wrong turn, in a place such as Northern Ireland, has resulted in disaster.
A lot of local people know their locality really well. More than a regular army unit could ever begin to..
 

Dr Death

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