It's a hot topic at the moment. Cynics would say that it's only because of the enduring mobilisation requirement and/or that overall TA numbers are on a downward slope. Either way, the MOD is finally and currently interested in the wide range of issues that affect "manning" of the TA in it's broadest context and appears to want to do something about it.. Now, it would be easy to simply sit back and watch what happens, but it might be better if we were to make a sensible, balanced and constructive contribution to the debate. We could argue that the current malaise is due to systemic changes in social attitudes. It could be because the level of mobilisation has been excessive. It could be because of the outdated and inadequate terms and conditions. It could be because of poor training, poor administration, inadequate TACs, diluted ethos, below standard leadership and command skills of Officers and SNCOs, or just simpy because it isn't fun anymore. Inevitably, it's probably a combination of all these and other things, and a mix that differs between TACs, Units, and regions. However, what do those of you that have some experience of this think? - is your TAC a let down?, are the local management poor or great?, are you properly manned and if not, how long before your critical mass is insufficient for the unit to function properly?. Is your training poor or fab?, is the PSAO innovative and dynamic or just taking full time pay for a part time job?....etc. Thoughts?