In light of the way in which the TA has been used since 2003, are we in leadership positions misleading ourselves and our blokes? I know that most people (including me) are excited by the prospect of future operational deployments and (I hope) an increase in the status of the TA. But - and this is the killer - (a) we are not being properly funded so as to prepare our blokes adequately for deployment in the roles they will be set; and (b) they are most likely to be called up as individual replacements rather than with the rest of their Company, Squadron or whatever - which (in a warry operational context) is a much tougher thing to deal with than being called up with all your mates. Do we have a duty to be honest about this? I think we do, of course. The trouble is, we don't know yet (or I don't, at least) what FAS (TA) will say, which means that there isn't much useful information to pass on yet. Still, I think the job of being an officer/SNCO in the TA is about to get even harder, even less like what the adverts make you think it is like, and possibly more dull if it turns out that it's only our blokes who ever deploy and that we'll have to spend all our time training in the knowledge that we're unlikely ever to put it into practice in the way we have trained. But the hardest thing will be meeting our duty of care to our blokes, given the funding restrictions and the way they'll deploy. Call me paranoid, but I do have the feeling at the moment that under FAS (TA) the TA is about to get soundly knobbed. We'll be asked to become more and more like the regular Army but still paid for a max of 35, or 50, or whatever MTDs per year: despite spending on average three unpaid hours per weekday on PT, admin and paperwork. We also seem to be about to lose the autonomy of action which was one of the best things about being in the TA: everything from marketing to recruiting to recruit training seems to be in the process of being centralised and put under regular control. TA officers and SNCOs will become more and more like low-level implementers with ZERO input on official decision. In the rush to seize parity of esteem and the possibility of adventure, we should not lose sight of the fact that as the job of the TA draws ever closer to that of the regular Army, the SNCOs and officers of the TA will assume an ever-greater obligation to battle on behalf of their blokes.