The Other Sas - Serving In The Ta

At one time, the Territorial Army was seen as a social club and a chance to shoot off a few real weapons.

Not any more.

With TA members being compulsorily drafted to fight in combat zones, these 'Saturday and Sunday' soldiers are being asked to provide more and more of the army's fighting strength.

Michael Nicholson discovers the consequences for Territorials, their families and their employers, and asks the policy-makers if this is good defence policy or just a way of getting an army on the cheap.

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At one time the Territorial Army was seen as a social club and a chance to shoot off a few real weapons.

Not any more.

With TA members being compulsorily drafted to fight in combat zones, these 'Saturday and Sunday' soldiers are being asked to provide more and more of the army's fighting strength.

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Michael Nicholson considers how their commitment to the TA affects the lives of the soldiers themselves and their families, and asks how the 'One Army' notion of territorials and regulars fighting together is borne out in training and support, when injury and even death have to be faced.

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At one time, the Territorial Army was seen as a social club and a chance to shoot off a few real weapons.

Not any more.

With TA members being compulsorily drafted to fight in combat zones, these 'Saturday and Sunday' soldiers are being asked to provide more and more of the army's fighting strength.

Michael Nicholson discovers the consequences for Territorials, their families and their employers, and asks the policy-makers if this is good defence policy or just a way of getting an army on the cheap.