On the back of the "TA recruitment how have they got it so wrong" thread, I was thinking about how and why I joined the TA. These days it seems more and more recruits join because they want to go on ops, when I joined there had been no TA personell on ops since the second world war. I did a few years as a crab, Im not proud about that and looking back I wish I'd joined the Army. When I left the one thing I did miss, apart from cheap housing, was my mates, camaraderie and ripping the piss out of people who had screwed up ( mainly me). So one day I was on the bus, picking my nose and wondering how much longer I could use my monthly bus ticket for before the driver realised it was out of date, and looking up I saw a big black and yellow and green poster on the back of a bus. "Join the TA," it said, "its reet grand" Or words to that effect. There was a central recruiting number on the back which I duelly rang when I got home that night. A nice lady took my details and told me a local unit near me would be in touch. After about a week or so a big shouty man from the Royal Artillary rang me and bellowed down the receiver. He was inviting me to join the RA, at this point it occurred to me that my knowledge of "The Army" and in particular the TA was restricted to a sign on the back of the local transport. Cut a long story short I got out the local colour pages and looked up "Army", found a local unit more to my rather laid back and laconic taste and joined the Royal Singles. Now, time span apart, this can't be too disimilar from what recruits encounter today, of course for "back of the bus" you can substitute "Annoying advert on youtube" And for central recruiting number sub website. Im in recruiting now myself at my sub unit, we do get blokes coming through the doors off the street for a nosey and we also get blokes through the new system, we have even had blokes off the old system (who's paperwork was mysteriously flying around the world somewhere) matched up from the old system and put on the new. So, how and why did you join the TA ?