Hi TTH I agree, it's training and experience that makes a Regt e.g. the British Army in the Peninsular, all Regts numbered English, Irish, Scots and Welsh (except the Guards of course) and they did alright. Some of our younger Regts i.e. the Paras, SAS and, as they were then, the KRRC and the Rifles (not the new ones) all of these became elite units in their time. Not because of recruiting area, but because of service (continually abroad for the length of the war), experience (always fighting, even Wellington prefered combined Bns of veterans to full Bns of green troops) and training (3 rounds per minute under any conditions and a clean weapon - oh and iron discipline). I don't think a massively increased TA is a good an idea. Not so much because they might not turn up (for training nights and weekend camps) but a. we might not be able to incentivative enough of them to join and b. it would be easy for future governments to decrease their size and equipment i.e efficiency, without to many people knowing about it, until the acid test arrives of course!