Heard today that the headcount for Weekend 1 at the largest ATU i the UK totalled 18. Last weekend 1 saw 37; this time last year the intakes exceeded 90 on one occasion. Talking to some of the Visiting Instructors it seems, anecdotally, that one major reason for this is AFCOs ( who are now heavily involved in the TA Recruit process) are prioritising Regular recruits for their ASLS dates, for reasons that are, to be honest, understandable given that most AFCOs are staffed by Regulars.* Add in the delays in getting medical details and you can see why numbers have fallen off a cliff. Has anyone else heard anything like this? Is appointing Capita really going to improve this woeful state of affairs? Am I the only person wondering how anyone can possibly expect an uplift of 30,000? * I have been told this, but have not verified it myself.