Hi, as an ex TA soldier and also working for the US military and later the UK military, I feel that I have the opportunity to put an input to the very silly gamble about using the TA and renaming etc. In a non front line role the TA can and will play a very useful part, in an emergency,such things as the REME, RAMC, RLC, Royal Signals, RMP to name a few as these roles often also reflect the civilian jobs that these people do, however, in a tactical position there is the likely hood that there will be lack of skill, and the lack of adhesion. Let alone the things that "happen", being under fire, killing an enemy, and also having friends, or collegues injured or worse killed. The ability to continue to work under those conditions is not part of the TA training. Now as to fairness, well the state is taking the piss out of both the regular squaddies, and the TA guys. The TA guys will probably lose some of their pension because they "played" soldiers, they are likely to not be able to "slot" back into their original jobs, imagine one day you are killing the enemy, the next doing IT in an office, you CANNOT just change like that. Many of these guys do not understand the ramifications. Now for the regulars, they have put their life on the line and commited themselves to xyz years, programmed their life accordingly and have done and seen things that do not allow them to be slotted into civilian life easily. Worse, how many companies need a GPMG gunner, or a tank driver, how about a mine detector operator. At say 32 these guys stand NO chance of getting a job, let alone from suffering PTSS to a certain degree. Everybody that is likely to suffer being under fire, or attack is to a greater or lesser extent likely to suffer that. We had problems after the second world war, many came back from fighting and discovered the world no longer wanted them. Frankly, given the above scenarios anybody that signs up today as a TA soldier is doing themselves no favours. So, to all of you that have, or are about to have the piss taken out of you I salute you.