Being a TA Gunner officer is, to be frank, in many ways crap. Due to the increasing Defence Writing fascism, reporting and mtd-cutting all seniors are suffering somewhat (I would suggest). However, there was always the carrot of command and professional development to make it all worthwhile. Where is this now? Officers in many disciplines are being told they will never deploy in role, and courses are being cut for Gunner officers. So, how are we Gunner officers at all? However, I have an idea, which I believe will be an economical way of regaining identity for Gunner Officers, to improve retention and importantly to prepare officers and seniors for the roles they have been told they will fill when mobilised (watchkeepers etc). My plan is to have TA-wide courses camps for Officers. As most regimental camps are courses camps it would not effect soldiers for only a limited number of officers to be on courses. Moreover the new courses would benefit from economies of scales and would generate high numbers of students, which also improves course quality and enjoyment. Finally and most importantly it would prepare junior officers for the roles they may have to face on operations. Also it would give the opportunity to build Gunner knowledge which is to be frank often missing outside narrow specialisms. There is a worrying subject knowledge gap between junior and 15year-ish served officers who had far more exercises and more hands on roles when they were junior officers. The Army needs to make being a TA officer worthwhile. From a Gunner point of view I might suggest that the increasing 'regularisation' of the TA (and this does not mean being anti one army or raising standards) has made being an officer pretty grim, however 2 weeks of quality training from the powers that be in the School (sorry, The Artillery Centre) could rejuvinate the TA-officer cadre, and make us all far more fit for role.