I was talking to a few mates who are in the TA the other day who say these days because of current cuts on training, decreasing of the budget for Adventure training and curry nights etc that alot of the old and bold are knocking it on the head. Their units are apparently losing the experienced old hands left right and centre and given the current operational tempo the only people stupid enough to be in the TA are the young and skint who just want to do an operational tour then knock it on the head (Maybe a few tours if they're really skint/stupid). Could this all be part of a wider plan to re-structure the TA? If you think about it the TA as formed units running throughout the year and deploying as such are expensive beasts. The TA as junior ranking battlefield casualty replacements and backfills for regular units keeps the training budget down and the cost and effort of training large units to deploy to a minimum. One of my biggest gripes that I had with the TA after leaving it was the amount of stale SNCO's/CAPT and above getting paid far too much money to do very little on the weekends. By comparison my regular Bn seemed to be the opposite and you couldn't find someone above the rank of sergeant with both hands and a map unless you were in the sh1t. Maybe the government has the same gripe. Discuss (Or tell me I'm talking bollocks).