I've just joined the TA after several years in the regulars and I am struggling to adjust. I have one or two observations: 1. Officers calling soldiers (including SNCOs) by their first names in public e.g the Coy office. 2. Officers having no grip on the men and not responding to any form of corrective advice. Officers trying to be soldiers mates. 3. FANTASTIC, motivated, dedicated soldiers. 4. A detachment from real service life and the reality of war fighting. I guess this is a function of no operations and loads of pointless training. Is this typical or can I change things and/or make a difference?