Hello all, Ive been putting serious thought into joining the TA the past week or so. Im 24 years old and im pretty bored with the life i have at the moment. Im a qualified Embalmer and experienced Funeral Director but for the last year or so i have been working as a labourer on a building site as i got a bit fed up with the job i was doing. So anyway, my questions are... I have a health condition called Ulcerative Colitis, i was diagnosed with it at 20, its incurable but controlled. Would this somehow hold me back? How many days a year would i have to dedicate to the TA and would i have to sign up for any set period of time? How much foreign travel would be involved as this is the main attraction! What are the chances of being involved in the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan? (im not worried about going to war, i'd just like to know what im letting myself in for) Is it paid or voluntary? And if it is paid what is the rate? Could i do something to work towards a new Career/Trade such as Mechanics or Communications? A lot of information i know, im actually going to call the TA information line at dinner time today but no doubt i'll forget most of what i wanted to ask. Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.