Good day, I have a few questions about joining the TA that I hope some of you may be able to answer below (ideally with the benefit of experience). I've trawled and searched the forums but I've not really found any threads which have put my mind at ease - so I shall ask my questions here and stoically weather the flame storm. 1) Firstly (and most importantly): I own two companies. I'm happy to devote a sizeable fraction of my time to the TA (with caveats) but I'm not prepared to make myself bankrupt. I need to be constantly available via telephone in order to ensure that I can address issues as they arise. What is the TA's policy on mobile phones? Clearly I shan't be gassing on the blower during the middle of a parade, but I can't afford to be unreachable for a fortnight when I'm away on training etc. This might sound like a stupid, trivial and self-centred question but it's important to me. People may fret about their employers reacting to spending time away in the TA, but when you ARE your employer and your input is essential, it puts a different slant on things. In a nutshell, would my commitment to the TA damage my businesses? 2) I was wondering whether to join the TA as an officer or a soldier. However, as said above, I've searched the forums and the overwhelming advice appears to be 'join as a soldier and see how it goes'. The truth is, besides IT, most of the skills I've acquired in my life revolve around leading people (that's leading, not managing) and it's something that I'm very good at, so it seems the natural option. That said, from what I've read on here, being an officer isn't leading people, it's filing papers. It seems to me that most people love being a soldier (almost unconditionally) whereas officers say "Well, it's good, but...". Basically, my first thought is join as a soldier and see what happens but if anyone else has any input I'd love to hear it. 3) Morality (commence flaming here): I do not approve of the wars we're currently fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan nor would I serve in them. From what I've read, it seems that active service is voluntary in the TA. I would gladly put my life on the line in defence of Britain, her outlying territories or allies - however, I would not wish to contribute to wars such as we're fighting now, which (in my view) are utterly immoral. Is there a chance of me being forced to serve in a conflict I'm morally against? Thank you for reading the above and (hopefully) for commenting. There are several members of these forums who I'm hoping will reply in this thread personally as I've already seen the quality of their posts to others and I value their advice. Enjoy your day.