I applied for the regular army back in march or so, and was given a medical deferral requesting proof that I had been "free of emotional or anxiety issues for 3 years"; due to family stuff that had required counseling. The deferral letter said that I simply had to get the evidence they want, and provide it with the deferral letter when I apply next. Now I haven't been to the doctors in years, so I know I could get all the evidence I need. However, with the current recruiting climate I decided that now would not be the best time to fight it. The weeks grew and I felt that frustrating urge that made me apply to begin with - I can't describe it, and to be honest, I worry about sounding a bit of a walt saying this! However, I just really wanted to wear that uniform - and listening to mates who were "in" made me think "That is what I want to do."; I just can't see any civilian jobs that come close in terms of satisfaction, variety.. and theres just this "urge". I thought that I could make the most of time though by studying. I ended up moving to Milton Keynes and approached 1 Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry (Special Communications) and spoke to a Major (or maybe it was a Sgt. Major) and she told me I could apply, as long as I got a letter from my GP as my deferral requested. She also said, that being 17 in July meant that I could only technically join up in January; BUT she said she would speak to the Admin Officer about me joining before as "You'll only start training then anyway, so theres no point hanging about.". Which kept me really happy! Things in Milton Keynes didn't quite work out so I've moved back to SE London and I am now looking at 265 Support Squadron, R SIGNALS (Bexleyheath). However, I emailed them querying what was said at Bletchley and whether it would be possible here - however, I don't know if I emailed the correct address as I've received no correspondence. (However, this happened at Bletchley first too - as I found 2 email addresses, one of which was incorrect) I guess my questions are; (a) Is it a good idea to join the TA, if I do want to join the regulars either after the recruiting flow fixes itself - or I finish my studies. (Could be years down the line?) (b) What is the current situation for the TA? Don't get me wrong - I've tried reading the threads in "Just TA" but all the acronyms are quite confusing (c) Do you think other units would be as accommodating as Bletchley tried to be? I know that right now the TA seem to be limping along with the current budget cuts.. so I can fully understand if they aren't! Worst case scenario I have to wait till February or so - but I would like to get the ball rolling ASAP! Thanks in advance guys!