The long awaited review on the Reserve Forces is now with the Prime Minister. As part of his Big Society concept he is keen to see greater involvement of Reservists in the military but the idea is strongly opposed by Senior members of (in particular) the Army. Territorial Army personnel currently account for close to 17% of the Armys manpower. The review is expected to recommend a significant increase in that proportion although this will likely be set against broad reductions in full time troops rather than a significant TA increase. As someone who is ex-Regular Forces but immediately joined the Reserves on exit, I thoroughly encourage this review. It is going to be a difficult path for the Forces. Clearly there are some jobs that, by their nature, have to be full time and obviously standing requirements and branch structural considerations must be take into account. There are also issues with the Reserve Forces themselves - ensuring they are deployable in sufficient numbers, that they are sufficiently trained and are financially affordable. But if the MOD can overcome all these issues there could be a real benefit (and financial saving). Regular troop numbers could be slashed - perhaps as by as many as 40,000 saving billions of pounds that could be re-invested elsewhere (either in Defence or elsewhere). And this is even more sensible as the recent judgement imposing liability on the MOD for under-equipping deploying soldiers, coupled with the bloody Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, has effectively made deployment of a Land Force politically difficult (if not impossible). Some regulars will resist this - some with considerable force. But it must be remembered that the UK has a far lower proportion of reservist to regular soldiers than others - we have around 15 reservists to every 85 regulars. Contrast this with the US who have a 50:50 split and Australia where they have a 40:60. So personally I welcome the concept as it offers the opportunity to maintain a 100,000 man Army 'on the books' - something that is unaffordable with Regular troops.