All I can say is, it looks like I went inactive at the right time - at the height of the Reserves' utility and morale. From what I'm hearing now morale is down the crapper and there are only two types of people in the Reserve infantry units - those who are going ARA and those who are getting out. And you can't blame them when they are treated so badly - no training days, no bullets, no armour, no guns.
I understand we can't deploy Reserve units into combat zones like the Israelis and Yanks can, when we can't even stand the media and public scrutiny of our regular infantry in combat roles. But the thing is they're always going on about utilising the Reserves more, and as things stand currently it's probably not even safe to send Reservists to the Solomons or Timor - they just don't have enough training. Actions speak louder than words, and while they'd pontificating about One Army and all that crap, they're not backing it up.
Why not following the British model? They train the TA and then slot them into Regular sections as required. I think this is far better than making a Reserve company a 4th rifle company of a reg battalion. I know 6RAR did do this in Timor and also Iraq, because I know Reserves who went, as Riflemen transferred to 6RAR on CFTS.
Anyway, that rant has been building for a while now. Fair enough if you think the Reserves aren't worth maintaining as a combat or even operational capability, but then can the crap about One Army. Because the Reserve's capabilities are only going to keep heading downhill through lack of training, lack of resources, lack of morale and ultimately lack of soldiers.