I have just returned from a TA course where the majority of those attending have had recent operational experience, and brought a lot of civvie experience to add to the mix. By and large, a credit to the TA. However..... Two insisted on wearing desert kit instead of CS 95 because they were "just back from Iraq/Afghanistan". One even wore his ID disks to the bar. Funny that they both had time to go home and pick up their mess kit for the dinner night though. One insisted that he would walk around in scruff order wearing the old head dress of a since merged unit because he was "special". The other three "special" people wore the correct uniform and beret, as do those on the regular course. One appeared to have patch painted a 9x9 to wear as a CS95 shirt, and was out of breath by his third trip to the hotplate, but joined in to defend the position of soldier first, specialist second, everyone needs to be "fit to fight" I believe that the 99% of the quality people on the course are likely to slip from the memory of the DS and the regular course attendees fairly soon, but these 4 will linger in the memory, thus perpetuating the old myths of walts/unfit wasters we are working hard to remove. Thoughts?