I've done over 20 years in the Regs, since the age of 17. When I get out in two years' time, I feel that joining the TA would be a logical step, as I know I'll miss the mob. However, I have several questions: How often do the Tours come around, and is it likely that they'll be compulsory? One of the reasons I'm not going for a commission or extended service is that I have a young family and I don't want to spend their childhoods in Arabistan. I've heard that there is some bad feeling about ex Regs joining units at their old rank, and leapfrogging the old and bold within the units (I'm a WO1). Is this true, and is there anything to be done about it? What are the criteria for TA commissions, and what sort of time commitment is normal? What is the opinion of ex Regs now serving in the TA - is it worth it? Are you made welcome? I know I can add value to the organisation, but I will be starting a new life when leaving the Regs. The idea of still being part of the Army appeals to me, but I don't know how much I will be able to commit to it. Thoughts? Cheers. Edited for sausage fingers.