Hi, I've spent the last couple of days enjoying the old threads here, and the last couple of years mulling over a return to military life in the TA after leaving the Royal Signals back in 1997. As age is no longer on my side, I've decided to stop buggering about and make a decision, so I contacted my local TA Centre yesterday and told the wife (also ex-signals). Reason: well to be bloody honest I miss it, and I hate being stuck in this office with the aircon, water cooler politics, fat pushy middle managers etc. I live in Norfolk, and my daily commute takes me through STANTA territory so I regularly get stuck behind long lines of bedfords/DAF's driven by happy smiley faces. I really want to get stuck in again, be cold, wet, spend hours picking up brass, all that sort of thing. I never reached the dizzy heights in the regular's, I joined at 16 and went to Germany etc. Came back to the UK, but broke my ankle in Cyprus which resulted in a stint at DKMH and a very long clomb back to fitness which, together with an excessive bullshit routine, killed off my motivation. I was pretty immature in the Army, and I do think I wasted some great opportunities by 'just getting by' rather than pushing myself harder. I've grown up now and I want to correct some of that and give it another go, I'm keen, enthusiastic, fit, and not afraid of mobilisation. The only thing that has stopped me doing this earlier was the 'time' issue. I was concerned I couldn't commit to the drill nights, weekends, annual camps etc. Due ot family and work constraint's. Having discussed this with somone else it transpired that with some simple changes and good old fashioned hard work I could, if I truely had the motivation, manage the time commitment. I have a very supportive wife who's familair with service life and all it's peculiarities, I work for a large multinational who have a very clued up HR department who are very familiar with the way of the reservist, and indeed the company have supported several employees on recent deployments. They will give me an extra weeks paid leave towards my reservist duties. So really it's now down to me. Erm so whats the point of this post? Well, couple of things really. Locally I have a squadron of 36 Sigregt, and a Company of East of England Regiment Infantry, plus some others, but these are the two I'm interested in. The natural choice is RSigs, but I really fancy a change of cap badge, more of a challenge physically, and a fresh approach to basic soldiering. But I feel a sense of loyalty towards the Signals, I work in the IT industry and I wouldn't mind catching up with what the Signals do these days. I understand it's my choice, but I'd be interested to hear opinions on either unit, role, etc. Particularly from people who are familair with these units or have had to make similar decisions. Secondly, I fully expect to start from the begining, I want no preferential treatment for being ex-full time. Starting at the begining, with the basics, with the rest of the recruits. However, could I still expect certain 'attitude encounters' or would I be forced into a certain role because of my previous experience? Thanks for your patience, and thanks in advance for any replies, good and bad. Oh, I'm 32, 33 in December. I believe as being ex-full time I can join before I'm 34.