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.