I have been musing over the TAPO problem (not for the first time). Last night when struggling to drift off to sleep (on the wagon at the moment and it keeps me awake), I pondered the future of the chain of command in relation to command of a TA sub unit/Unit. Suddenly, it hit me. Of Course!! If the TA CofC fails (as it will at current levels of TAPO recruitment), the pool of potential TA COs will eventually dry up. Not next week but certainly within ten years. 'That'll teach 'em' I thought, they'll have to increase the number of Regulars assuming command of TA units....uh ohhhh Oh NO!..... then it dawned on me - maybe, just maybe, that's the plan! It would explain the recent debate on TA CO primacy in Glasgow, it would underpin the increasing regularisation of the TA soldier, and it would support ongoing mobilisation of the TA in support of operations. Who else to focus entirely on delivering IRs than a Regular CO of a TA Unit? None of this ethos bollox, just crank up the sausage machine with no whinging TA officers worrying about their highly paid jobs, professional civvy careers and whinging wives to slow down the relentless pursuit of fulfillling the regular Army's mission. Write a CO's directive entirely based on supporting operations, tailor the Trg programme accordingly, and blame it all on MATTs. So, what to do? Easy! Make the TA commissioning process so long winded, so difficult, with loads of entry barriers, and hurdles along the way, that no-one other than student or the self employed could countenance. Don't just stop at commissioning, add Mod 5 and a whole load of courses as well, and deluge them with dull and tedious paperwork - that should p*ss them off completely. Suddenly, it's all making sense. Perhaps it's too late?