Going back about 30 years now - to the late 70's and early 80's the role of the TA was to support the Army during the great Soviet invasion of West Germany. In those days the TA was a key part of the grand plan. We had TA infantry companies that knew a particular area or bridge like the back of their hand. I recall a Brigadier saying that a particular task would be better done by the TA than regular troops. Simply because that TA unit had trained for that one task (a reserved demolition for example, I believe) and while the regulars were theoretically masters of every possible task the TA units had one task absolutely mastered. In those days the TA units were given one task to do well. And they could. Now the TA are given all the tasks and simply do not have the training time to learn them all. So instead of being absolute experts at one thing they become not very good at everything. The change has come because the TA units are no longer are asked to learn one specific job but instead to be just "filling-in-meat". Am I right ? Discuss.