Yep, I’m all for the idea of better equipping the reserve units along ARA lines, but it would take money and commitment to do so, money and commitment we rarely get from our political masters.
The idea that we can just pass on old, worn-out ex-ARA equipment to Reserve units and somehow develop a credible capability is a fantasy.
The concept of the current ”trial” of light Cavalry capability at 10 LHR to me demonstrates a possibly excellent way forward. Reinforcement of ARA units with soldier and perhaps up to sub-unit level capability remains, but development of supportable “different” capabilities, that can be maintained within the allocated budgets (both cost - acquisition and sustainment as well as training-wise, organisationally speaking) could provide a genuinely needed role for reserve units, that contribute much needed capability to Army (and perhaps ADF as a whole) rather than just providing less well equipped, less well trained ’more of the same” (but always of course much lower SERCAT) type units.
Perhaps much of the current enthusiasm for “light” capabilities and their accordingly lower training and support requirements might well be better vested in reserve units, while the ARA focusses primarily on the high end stuff?
Small unit “strike” (for lack of a better term) capabilities for anti-armour, anti-air and perhaps loitering munition type operations that we are seeing in the real world today, might well be within the training capabilities of our reserve units, along with capabilities such as light cavalry, that could provide a seemingly very useful adjunct to our future “heavy” ARA units?