I believe there is a case for paying a degre of X factor to the TA in certain circumstances. As a member of a Corps atached to an Inf unit, there is no establishment for SNCO rank at Coy level, so on promotion individuals have to parade at Bn HQ. For the TA this can be a long way from home. Whilst HDT compensates for the cost of the extra distance travelled, it does not compensate for inconvenience. In some cases, personnel live too far away from Bn HQ for a journey after work to attend a drill night to be feasible; could this therefore be a de facto bar to promotion? The Regular Army salary attracts varying degrees of X factor to acknowledge the difference between military terms and conditions of service and those in civilian life. There may a case for aplying a small percentage to those TA posts which fall into the category abov. Either that or allow Company estabishments to reflect not just what is needed, but what pers are available. Anyone else encountered this problem? I'd be interested to hear proposals and ideas.