Had do you do it? We currently have many tests to ensure we have maintained the levels of training we had when we passed our recruits course. We obviously have a duty of care to ensure soldiers deploying on Ops can pass these tests, but why do them annually or bi-annually. Fitness and WHT obviously don't lie in this category as they are difficult to correct in a short amount of time or they are Health and Safety measures. Or put another way .... If we are passing tests annually why have Chilwell or if we have Chilwell why are we doing the tests annually? Since 2001 98.6% MATTS/ITD were undertaken for bounty but only 1.4% were for Ops. Isn't this excessive waste? Then we arguments about TA units not receiving some new equipment because its deemed its too complicated for the TA. Well maybe if we removed some of the tests and converted them into progressive training?? What about skills such as shooting which require bi-annual weapons tests and an investment in range quals. Maybe add a 4 days shooting package onto the mobilisation package and not shoot during the training year, gaining perhaps 4-5 days extra days training per soldier. Just thinking out of the box (and I wouldn't really remove shooting from the training year) but some of the above would result in TA soldiers with a potential 100+% improvement in trade skills (if the time freed up was used on trade) but still deploy on Ops at the required MATT standard.