Has the government finally lost it's mind? Just read this: Infantry Regiments to be staffed entirely by TA after... | Mail Online In it's latest purge of defence assets as part of defence budget cuts, the Tory government has revealed plans to staff it's infantry regiments solely with TA soldiers once the handover in Afghanistan is completed. A defence spokesman stated that due to the relatively unskilled nature of the work undertaken by infantry soldiers, and the success of deploying reservists from the TA in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent operations, it seemed logical that they cut the work performed by the bulk of the infantry to members of the TA, who can quickly adapt to the role when deploying to operations. Ceremonial duties, and specially trained units such as the Parachute Regiment, would however be unaffected. Defence Chiefs last night slated the plans as "criminal" and "preposterous", claiming that whilst the TA had been successful in deploying in small numbers alongside their full time counterparts, that they were largely ineffective when used as complete units; and suggested that many of the TA's officers and senior non-commissioned officers were out of date. The army is expected to reach a decision by the 31st April.