I'm a student also serving as a Gunner in my local TA unit. I'm planning to join the army as an inf. officer after university. To cut a potentially long and whinging story short - do you think its a good idea get a bit (three years TA and one years FTRS) of rank experience as a TA soldier before going into the footsloggers as an officer and avoiding joining the UOTC (wine appreciation society etc.) like the plague?