I have now done seven complete annual training cycles since joining the TA, and have yet to attend a Unit Annual Camp. I have, I should point out, qualified for my bounty every year. Mobilisation, basic training and career courses have accounted for a few unit camps, with the rest down to domestic and work commitments. Lately however, a few senior people have been having a "quiet word" to the effect that my repeated non-attendance for unit annual camp is bad form. My response to this has been to point out that my alternative annual camps have always been useful. Where possible, I've got attachments to regular units and had some useful professional experience. Even where I've been basically a glorified tea boy, I feel that I've gained something from just being in a regular environment. Speaking to people in my unit, I do not feel as if, apart from a few socials, I would have gained that much from the unit camps. My impression is that a lot of the training (and I accept that this may be a capbadge thing) is rather generic and one-size-fits-all. Given that most TA personnel will deploy in composite units or as individual reinforcements, rather than with their parent unit, should annual camps be unit affairs or individual training and experience opportunities? What do people think?