I'd be interested to find out the views of fellow ARRSErs as regards the role - if any - of the TA in disaster relief in the UK. This follows on from the Cumbria flooding, in which at least one TAC ended up under water itself, and the conincidental recent demise of the CCRF concept. My question is this - given that abandonment of CCRFs, is there still a role for the TA in local disaster relief, or is the role of the TA nowadays solely to supply warm bodies for Ops? I ask this as it is clear that certain Units were not happy at being asked to contribute to the flood efforts, making it plain that this is no longer a TA role, and that supplying young strong backs to Rifle Pls is. What's the general opinion? Are some Corps placing too much emphasis on supplying bodies for Ops, or should we be doing nothing else but supporting HERRICK, to the obvious detriment of every other aspect of the TA (particularly local credibility)? As a starter my view is that, while HERRICK is the absolute priority, to say, as someone did last week, that we were not getting involved in flood relief as this was not a TA task is being very short-termist. The TA Infantry were nearly scrapped entirely ten years ago, and to imagine that the current situation in Afghanistan is enough to guarantee it a longer-term future is hogwash. Local links are esssential (and will become one of the main reasons, in the future , for the very existence of the TA), and to ignore such events is a rather daft COA.