Well I thought I'd never say this but the TA of yester year seems more capable of filling todays role. For example (as inf sigs) I worked in HQ's (pln->Bn) on Bde ex's understanding what staff expected, experienced how the different corps inreacted (RLC providing fuel, how the medics worked, arty providing support, how the cav provided recce's etc etc). This doesn't apply to just Inf Sigs - its everyone - nobody experiences the big picture anymore. Now we all work in isolation until we get mobilised, my siggies have to be taught roles of other corps, roles of staff officers and don't understand why the staff officer wants X, Y and Z. A saying I heard early in my training was train hard, fight easy we now seem to train easy, fight out of your depth (I don't mean that to sound that badly). I think we should train a few times each year on TA Bde/Div exercises, it scales down to the CCRF role easily and gives us some experience of the real world.