When I joined the TA I was told that all the tours at present are voluntary. Around this time I get made redundant on civvy street and go job hunting. To my surprise potential employers didn't tell me to immediately jog on when I mention that I was in the middle of my TA training, and I tried my best to put the best light on it.. 'transferable skills, not likely to be compulsory mobilised unless we get invaded or something, tours are voluntary'. I find an employer who appear to be remarkably generous to reservists, at least at a group level, if not quite as clued up locally. I complete my phase 2 training, and put my hand up for an operational tour in the future. Awesome. First informal briefing regarding it and we are told 'Do not tell your employer that you are volunteering for this, if you do then you are a mong'. Checked my CDRILS card to see I hadn't imagined that whole I bit. nope. So can anyone explain to me what the story is? Why are we having to lie to our employers? what difference does it make if its written up as voluntary or compulsory either way? Is the other TA employee (whom I don't know) going to come and put the boot in for me inadvertantly giving the game away?