Hi, I'm 19, currently in my second year of uni in London. Basically, after lots of thought I've decided I want to do something with the army - maybe regulars eventually, but might just stick with the TA, either way I want to get involved now, while I'm still at uni. Anyway the logical thing for me to do would be to join the UOTC, but I caught the fekin flu during the sign up period this year - which happens to be my last chance, as you need to be in education for another 2 years to join. But I don't want to hang around and do nothing this year and the next. So, I hear you can join the TA while at university - however, I don't know whether to join as a soldier or an officer. I eventually want to be an officer, but from what I gather officer training takes 3 years or something? By the time I'm finished I would be out of uni... the question for me is, what do they do with someone who's been doing a year and a bits worth of officer training in the TA, who wants to then join the regulars? In addition to that, has anybody had any experience of being in the TA while at uni/advice on the matter. Also, one last question, I'm hoping to go to America in 2013, can you take a year's break from the TA? Cheers!