Does the RN need the RNR? I'm sure there will be many "rationers" who will be incensed at such a question... and quote examples of invlaubale service reservists have provided? However ISTM the regulars are, generally, slow to call of the RNR. Whether this is mental block is a hangover from pre-RFA96 days when reserves could only be used to defend the UK... or just the old "can-do" attitude prevailing and precluding a call for "help" when that might be seen as admitting failure (when all around are getting on with it!) The legacy of this seems to be that the RNR is constantly fighting for its existence, and having to justify training that is seen as a burden rather than an investment. (Example: Just after GWII, I was visiting my parent air-station, and asked how the last few months had been? "Bloody difficult, we just didn't have enough people" was, in effect, the reply. When I asked, "then why didn't you recall some of your reserves" all i got was blank expression) I sincerely believe there is a place for the RNR (as I know many also do)... but unless a more realistic attitude is taken to providing training, and utilising reserves more... then the funding the RNR may always be considered as akin to running an expensive yacht/flying club?