Good evening mein heirs..... right ive been looking through the british army website again, toying with the idea (again) of joining the TA. ill be honest here from the start, id like to be in a support role but i dont think id ever like to have to actively fight you know, or even be in a fight. im just assuming theres such a thing as a "front line" or in a HUGE place like afghanistan just call it a hot spot. the one trade that does seem interesting generally is port operator (but gets called driver/port operator which makes me think the plot thickens!) i think the port for sending stuff out is in southampton. can i just ask some questions please / get some info. 1) is anyone on here involved in that role, what does the role involve really - as i understand it its port loading/unloading at both ends of a journey, so i asumme you can be in blightey or elsewhere where our armed forces are operating. im looking at the map and afghanistan is landlocked, with the nearest sea being the persian gulf around iraq/iran, so where the heck is the equipment for afghanistan unloaded and would a port operator be deployed there and /or the uk? 2) is that as close to the operations as you get, or do you move further in land. the job is port operator so that just means "port" to me, but i keep hearing jonahs saying that everyone in the army has to do there turn in afghanistan and do patrols / guarding etc - but if the job title is port operator then id have thought you stay at the port. whats the score there, can a port dude just be ordered to go right out to helmand or something like that if they want an extra man out there - seems to be a violation of the trade descriptions act to me? 3) can you get extra training like cranes, fork lift truck, rigid and artic lorries (ie cat c, then c&e or whatever the heck its called) the main point of my email is id like to help out, id also like to make new friends and new skills - id also be glad for some time away from the GF and corrie / emerdale / xfactor etc.....id love to be grafting on a harbourside filling ships etc and seeing them sail away (the sea is soooooo therapueutic)- but to be honest i think thats as far as id like to go. ye i know if a new war kicked off a port would need set up in the operations area,but i dont want to ever advance further in to the lions jaws. is there a chance a port operator could find himself surrounded by sand rather than sea and having some nasty people wanting to do him/her harm? is it a safe job, how safe (relatively) ie can you be in harms way with the iraq/afghanistan ops that are still going on - and likely to be for some time yet. what are peoples personal experiences - i just want it summed up to me what the job is, is it dangerous i mean mortally so, is it to be reccomended also whats the contact details please for the role - i think its 162 squadron in grantham or lincs, but the port seems to be southhampton. im from up north so i dont mind travelling down, can i do the 19 days national commitment thingy - are they actually looking for port operators in general? is it easy to get into and how hard to get out? id love to do the job but not to the extent that im volunteering for TA wages to become target fodder for those inhabitants of that A word. give me some feedback please chaps/ladies. and TAKE CARE BEST WISHES!!