What now for the 100-year-old TA? (UK)

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As the Territorial Army turns 100, what is its modern role and who would join now you can expect to be sent to war?

Nearly 15,000 Territorials have served alongside the regular Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. The TA is being relied upon more heavily than at anytime since World War II.

The TA now runs the only field hospital in Afghanistan and provides about 10% of British forces. Since 2003, seven TA soldiers have been killed.

Yet despite the need for TA soldiers, recruitment is falling and reserve forces are at their lowest level since the TA was founded 100 years ago.

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