Been in coming up 5 years now and my last 2 weekends I have considering pretending to go man down to either get warm /dry or to end the nightmare of the weekend. My Most emotional TA weekend was December 2010. All the signs to make some sort of excuse to not sign the pay sheet and go home were prominent. First of all the 15 meter walk to the car, Frost everywhere and the winds were unforgiving. Next the journey to the TA centre, listening to the Radio and hearing them talk about the temperatures, I turned it over to a music station to ignore it and hearing everyone phone in to play their music to get ready to go out on the piss. Morale breaker. On arriving to the TA centre our full screw was in civies, he made some sort of excuse as usual on why he can't attended but came In to see us off. In fact no JNCO or SNCO from company turned up. On the coach to Salisbury plain there were 4 of us. Arrived on the training area and the companies were mixed due to low numbers, weather freezing and the Boss man huddled the lads to tell the blokes its going to be a cold cold night and to stick with it. Our enemy was our parent regiments RECCE platoon . ******* brilliant I think no sleep for me. Then he rambles on to tell us we will be holding an old Russian trench system and no Hexi/jet boils to be used. At this point I'm looking at the miserable faces of the blokes. We reach the trench hold it through the blistering Cold, you couldn't walk down the trench front ways, you had to side step down it due to webbing getting stuck, attacked all night by the RECCE platoon, mainly when i was in my doss bag,. BFA called on to the area to extract no duff cold casualties throughout the night , then the exercise ended with Tab and the BFA just followed us as people were dropping left right and centre. I was happy to be on the coach out of there,. I maybe infantry STAB but I'm telling you I would rather be back on patrol in Afghanistan then do that weekend again, or the last 2 I have been on. What's your most emotional Stab weekend/exercise and why? What's your units turn out on winter exercises?