Given the proposed change to increase the TA and give it more roles on Ops. Question. Do we want a TA that will mobilise at the drop of a hat. I don't think this is a simple question because traditionally we have had the mighty word if afterwards. Original TA: Mobilisation only if the UK was threatened in UK home defence Ver 2 (1914): Overseas duties anywhere in the empire including Ireland. Which went down badly 20-30% of the TF refused to serve overseas because it included Ireland (It would have been too damn simple to ask the TA to fight the hun and not complicate things with policing/fighting it's own population - plus the original 1914 plan intended to replace all regulars in other parts of the empire and not let the TA fight the hun ...) Ver 7 (1920-1939) We fight the hun....... yaaaa! (Wisely decided to not include Ireland - erm independance? or India in the terms) Ver 1022123: (1945-1999) We mobilise if our NATO allies or the UK is threatened Ver 123123123123: (2000- ) We go virtually anywhere but .... voluntarily (we did the Boer war this way) So should we have terms on what we can be called up to do? e.g. Any threat to UK/EU ... Anything NATO/UN is regular and voluntary only, the EU/UK implies mass support so choice is unescessary, possibly extended to humanitarian aid.. Possibly different rules for different cap badges - medics always compulsory?