When I joined the TA in '87, I was filled with an idealistic desire to learn how to defend my family and country against the Red Horde. I was just going to do 3 years, then PUFO, but I liked it and stayed on till John Major decided he didn't need me any more. I would only ever have gone to war: 1. as part of a complete unit, i.e. all of my company, or none of it; 2. fighting alongside the blokes I had trained with; 3. in a defensive war of national survival. None of these now seems to apply. When the world was like that, I could put up with having no pension, no guaranteed job when I came back, and no extra time off from my employer for training. Now I just can't understand why anyone would join the TA. If you don't want to learn how to fight, why bother, and if you do, why not join the Regs, and go to the sandpit with all your mates? God knows,I'm not having a go, I'm just genuinely confused why you do it, and would like some enlightenment.