Following on from a quite interesting (in parts) thread in the STAB forum, one of the points raised was that no one has asked the regular army what kind of reserve it wants. Now I have always thought that 3 and 5 MI are to a certain extent exempt from the existential issues that dog other cap badges for the following reasons: 1. The contribution to Ops is considerably more than 10% (percentage of TA pers on Ops at any one time) in fact over 20% of all deployed Corps personnel apparently. 2. Many members of 3 and 5 come from other parts of the UK INT architecture. 3. 5 have a direct relationship with 1 and 4 MI. 4. 3 provide constant support to strategic customers without "nicking" PIDs. 5. All the 3 MI coys are special to role - and in a form that has no equivelent amongst the reg Bns. 6. The regs are well exposed to, and understand reservists. Am I wrong about this? Do the reg Bns want and (more importantly need) support from 3 and 5 in the current form? If not what would be better? Furthermore (following on from another point in the aforementioned thread) RUMINT has it that there may be an increase INT Corps (V) manning on the cards. Are the CO/RSM/ADJT/PSI roles valued by the Corps as a whole or are they a drain on manpower? Just wondering.