It's recently stuck me (yes I'm unemployed again) how much of a con is played on us. TA pay can't be counted when you're trying to get something from the banks, we're Casual workers cos MoD say so and so don't get anything benefit wise from them i.e pensions. The whole casual worker thing baffles me cos I've never heard of casual workers with careers paths, Confidential Reports and grief when you don't turn up, nor forced to join a club and pay extra (Sargeants Mess) or spend your own money to buy clothes you wear maybe 3 times a year. Anyway. Benefits. Why is it you can get royally F**ked about by dead end F**kwits trying to explain the working of the TA pay system. Messed around when you go on Annual camp, messed around for Housing Benefit. I have the fun of constantly explaining why my TA payslip is late every month which causes me grief. Why the hell does TA pay count against benefits I'm entitled to ? Why don't they just stop counting what you earn from the TA, it's not as if there are millions of us, we pay tax and NI on what the TA pay us.