Ok, first off, this is not an attempt at STAB-baiting, it is a genuine enquiry and an attempt to generate some serious debate; like the Future Army thread on the QM board. And it may seem an odd question to ask in the week when, if the papers are to be believed, that the Government is going to call up 7,000 reserves, 1 in 6 of the TA - for Gulf War Two. But it's not. Because it doesn't take much working out that 7,000 likely to be specialist trades, int types and medics I suppose. Given that GW2 is the biggest bit of conventional warfighting you can see UK Plc getting involved in this raises the obvious question of what that means for the other 5 out of every 6 TA ? What about all those teeth arm types, the inf, arty and armour ? If none of them are called-up in role this time, what does that say about whether they are really needed at all ? And whether the money could be better spent on some real soldiers who could conceivably be used once in a while ? Interested in serious replies as this is about the future of a large chunk of the Army. And for any TA reading this, when the great call-up comes and you're not in it, apart from being secretly delighted, what are you going to do to stop yourself becoming a laughing stock infront of the family, friends and employers who, for years, you've been trying to persuade that all that time spent rushing about Salisbury Plain on a weekend was making a vital contribution to the UK's defence - when suddenly it becomes very obvious that it's all actually been a waste of time ? And while you're at it - how about a top ten of the most pointless-and-never-likely-to-be-mobilised TA units ?