All, The military is not a vote winner as we are constantly being told, and is therefore funded likewise. When it comes to cuts the TA are clearly the Reserve of First Choice. It is increasingly apparent that year in and year out our lords and masters cannot afford the TA (and either haven't the balls or ability to tell you that before you plan the training year). There are sweeping changes being discussed for the TA on these very boards and possibly a preference to mobilising you for service with your civilians skills rather than your military ones, which may in turn be better suited to non-military organisations such as DfID. A hypothetical question. Would you as rather be mobilised using your civilian skills for a civilian organisation or your military skills for a military organisation?