I have the education and experience to apply to join the TA as an officer. My questions are: Would I be expected to join as an officer given my education and experience? Is it common for people to join as soldiers even though their education may dwarf that of officers who lead them and that if they were to join the regular army they would probably join as an officer? I really do not know whether to (apply to) join as an officer or soldier. I have read about TA officer roles on tour being somewhat "watered down" and that being a TA officer is in many ways dissimilar to being a regular officer. I would much rather join as a soldier if this were the case. I am aware that once in the TA as a soldier I may undertake the commissioning course, perhaps this is the best option. Your comments would be appreciate, whether opinion or from experience. Thanks.