Note: Appolgies if this devolves into a bit of a ramble/rant. Just thought this might spread some thoughts on why TA recruitment is so low. I decided to post this after seeing the post about Families in the Current afairs forum. As a recruit to the TA I have been wondering about a few things, and They've got me worried to a small degree. Yes it's apprehnsion about things realted to the job. I like (posisbly) a large portion of TA recruits have some basic knowledge of millartry matters, and also know quite a few ex-squadies. Yes You might even call me a "Walt", I don't know if I go that far. The things that bother me probaly also prey on the minds of some of the other recruits. Maybe on your minds when you joind up. The Two things that got me slightly worried, was not the risk of going off to some place and getting messily killed or wounded, that comes with the terrotory. No the things that are preying on my mind are what about my Partner and family back home? I haven't found anything about TA Family support groups or anything. I don't know if they even Exist. What If my partner's going to have 6 months of worry and no one to turn to? If this Lady http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn/Forums/viewtopic/t=15559.html can't get hold of her famlies officer, when she's on base, what chance my better half? Now I'm not stupid enougth to belive it's going to be like that all over the place, but it's a worry. The other thing is what happens after you've returned from your tour. I've Known Two Ex-squadies very well, One was my flatmate for two years. Both where completly Burnt out mentaly and just wheren't sane. The Time when one flipped out in a night club and thought that the bouncer's where IRA members out get him really sticks in my mind. It seemed the Army just showed him the door and Told him "Thanks, and good bye". there seemed to be no support for him. It might have been htat he was just ignoring the offered help. I know far more squadies who Don't suffer from things like that, but It's the other cocern. I do want to get into the TA, If I didn't I wouldn't keep Training and then just pull out. Or is it a case of me thinking to much and creating mountins out of molehills?