Have had a number of people at my work interested in joining the TA, even had two through the doors but in the end rejected the TA at the first hurdle. 1st walked into a brief about Kosovo mobilisation 2nd found the distance too much and didn't fancy the local infantry another thought about it but rejected it due to the probability of mobilisation (which was nil as they were a student at the time) Maybe its no loss, they'd all be the types that joined the TA of old (and would have gone on ops after a few years). Instead my unit seems to be getting many wanting to rejoin the regulars after a discharge, joining the TA while they do their 'Service Prep' course, want to goto Iraq or low paid after extra cash. Looking at this long term, only the low paid(plus maybe ex reg) would probably stay in the TA to become the future 'Enabling Component', the guys at my work joined them in the past. So is the TA doomed once the 'dinosaurs' from preSDR days have left? Or are we already there, last ex I went on we only managed about 10-15 people who could operate a computer from an entire TA Signal regiment! p.s. Most of those I mentioned, have knowledge of some military computer systems far in advance of any regular soldier/airman/sailor.