what has the TA ever done for us?

#1
The role of the TA cannot be underestimated. My great grandad was in the TA before ww1 and was deployed to the western front in 1915. He went on to serve for the duration. Interestingly, the TA were the backbone of the army in 1915 as the finest army ever to have left these shores was all but knocked out in 1914 saving France.

My grandad was a TA soldier pre WW2 and was part of the expeditionary force evacuated from dunkirk. He went on to serve with distinction and was mentioned in dispatches for actions crossing the Escaut canal.

It's worth bearing in mind that the TA has made a significant contribution in the past and plenty of blokes are doing their bit now.
 
#2
It's also worth pointing out the TA is full of reprobate hobbyists that like to play dress up. They should all be burned alive, then the funds invested into something more worthwhile like Overseas Aid that actually helps us project real power and influence on the world stage.
 
#4
to where does one begin ?
 
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#6
Odd that an organisation that is the backbone of the Army develops so many bad backs when the drums begin to beat.
 
#8
All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order...

What have the TA ever done for us?

Sorry, I meant
what have the Romans done for us?
 
#9
without STABS, TELIC was lost, REGS playing trumpton, poo poo and thrice poo
 
#12
What has the TA ever done for us?

1. Provided enough soldiers to drag the average IQ across the army to above moron levels

2. Given manufacturers of size XXL combat trousers a viable market

3. Provided many a third rate 20 year SSgt & CSgt with a cushy, pension boosting WO2 PSI posting
 
#13
Maybe its time to call time on the TA then. We can all put our kit in and get another hobby, this would free up more slots for regular soldiers to go on ops. And if the regular army was a bit short maybe they could merge with the navy or RAF. Just a thought, but it s an idea that might go down well with some of the posters on here.

And to the op, well done your grandad sounds like he was a top bloke!
 
#14
I bet that the majority of currently serving posters on arrse are TA. Just behind the bitter old fashioned ex regs that can't bare the fact that they are suddenly nobody. And just above the wannabes, the kiddy fiddlers and walty did-2-weeks-of-basics-in-1980 types that know so much about everything.

Not that I give a ****.
 
#16
What has the TA ever done for us?

1. Provided enough soldiers to drag the average IQ across the army to above moron levels

2. Given manufacturers of size XXL combat trousers a viable market

3. Provided many a third rate 20 year SSgt & CSgt with a cushy, pension boosting WO2 PSI posting

4. Fought a major battle on a weekend, defeated the fantasians and still home in time for a Sun night out
 
#17
without STABS, TELIC was lost, REGS playing trumpton, poo poo and thrice poo

Of course! props to you lot for getting SLB ship shape and full of fast food outlets, some were a bit busier elsewhere, one of the resounding and peculiar memories of that particular war was of a slightly overweight hobbyist with a ridiculously trimmed down sun hat, squeezed into some shiny new dessies whilst arguing the toss at Pizza Hut over the temprature of his hot wings.

Apparently war (and luke warm chicken products) is hell..
 
#18
Maybe its time to call time on the TA then. We can all put our kit in and get another hobby, this would free up more slots for regular soldiers to go on ops. And if the regular army was a bit short maybe they could merge with the navy or RAF. Just a thought, but it s an idea that might go down well with some of the posters on here.

And to the op, well done your grandad sounds like he was a top bloke!
Thanks mate he was. He stayed in after the war as a sergeant and did another 10 or so years in the regs. Legend.
 
#20
I bet that the majority of currently serving posters on arrse are TA. Just behind the bitter old fashioned ex regs that can't bare the fact that they are suddenly nobody. And just above the wannabes, the kiddy fiddlers and walty did-2-weeks-of-basics-in-1980 types that know so much about everything.

Not that I give a ****.
So which one are you then? And why would I want to take the clothes off a fact?
 

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