Limited capability and proud of it: in fact, this whole TA officer malarkey is just one big bluff. Those TA fellows you see on operations swanning about with pips on don't know what the fck they're doing. Some might say that it's a little bit rum of Her Majesty's generals to place her soldiers under the command of TA officers occasionally when on operations. They wonder whether regular (and, in kinder moments, TA) soldiers should obey TA officers, or even listen to them, in those situations, bearing in mind that they're not quite the real deal. But I think they should calm down: it's all a big laugh and will surely work out fine in the end. 1. Selection standards. Some joker once told me that the selection standards for regular and TA are the same. How we both giggled. I think I saw him look at the other member of the commissioning board and note something down - not sure. Specky civil servant types somewhere are bound to have a list setting out what the selection standards are for TA officers and how far below those required for the regular Army they are. Can anyone crib their work and post it here? 2. Length of RMAS training. Sangreal is right that the TA Sandhurst course is only three weeks long. But I was under the impression that all TA officers were first taken up to trained soldier standard (or are trained TA soldiers already) and then given a further 70 or so days' training (including those three weeks) to bring them back down to limited capability TA officer standard. So, a total of at least 90 days' training or so. Some TA officer cadets cheat by being TA soldiers for quite a while, going around with stripes on and all sorts. Tsk. In fact, some cheeky fecker passed out from dear old Sandbags a couple of blokes up from me wearing a corporal's No.2s and a few gongs (probably bought in a shop). This compares with the regular Army's training of officers, which takes untrained civilians and turns them into pukka officers after a course lasting nine months (with extra drill, half days on Wednesdays and weekends off): a total of about 200 days' training in total. So they're twice as good as TA officers when they spawn. You see? Or am I missing something. Nursey??? 3. Limited STA trg. Can anyone clarify this one? Surveillance and Target Acquisition? Student Travel Agency? Actually, I do know what this means. Someone pm'd me the answer. It's "special to arm". Tsk. Anyway, monkey see, monkey do, I always say. To my monkeys. I have learned lots of stuff special to my arm while on radio stag on exercise. God bless Nyrex. 4. Command responsibilities. You see, here's where I get very confused by Sangreal's mumbo-jumbo. I thought TA officers were put "in charge" of blokes. Aren't they? Who are all those people in Combat 95 then? Oh. And the ones in desert Combat 95? Oh. 5. Shorter ROCC(V). Again, I haven't been paying attention to half the bumf I receive. Part-time, you see. But as far as I am aware, I have done exactly the same ROCC as my regular counterparts thus far, minus a three-day thing where everyone gets together and whinges about their job. What bits are missing from ROCC(V)? 6. The fact that TA officers are part-time. Agreed on that point. Most of the TA officers I know are moneyed men of leisure, who do nothing except read the Mirror and chase skirt all day. But there are a few who work in "trade", doing tricky jobs in the City involving sums, bossing people about or even running their own businesses. Are they letting the side down by learning things which could come in handy when doing the old pretend-officer thing? In fact, isn't it a little bit unfair to place a 22-year-old officer straight from university and regular RMAS up against anything other than a gin-and-tonic-addled part-timer? In my book, anyone with a managerial or technical or professional (ie, quack, lawyer) job should be banned from being a TA officer. Spoils the fun, having swots around.