Grr, I know it's a sign of an admin failure when one goes on ARRSE to ask bone questions, but please bear with me since I'm presently based in the U.S. and casting the advice net pretty wide: I'm booked for Sandhurst this September, but it looks like I'll get a one-time chance to do an MA at no cost in central London. If I were to postpone RMAS to either Sep. 2010 or Jan. 2011, what should I do with myself STAB-wise, e.g.: What's the feasibility of finding an infantry TA Coy in need of subbies, getting commissioned fairly quickly, and perhaps deploying on a tour roughly next June-December 2010? Or should I just go back into ULOTC, maybe get myself a nominal job as OIC OPFOR, and enjoy the cheap drinks? Some random specifics: I'll be commuting from Egham, since the missus will be at Royal Holloway, and I think any TA unit west of St. Paul's would be feasible (is it?). I passed the old MTQ1, MTQ2, RCB, TCB back in 2003 and was a gap year mong until 2004. Don't know if MTQs would still be of use. Right now, I'm guessing that if I were to take up the MA offer, going straight onto the CC would be the wisest option; but after being in a classroom for four years, I would be open to some real responsibility and character-building prior to another year of study/beastings in Camberley. Thoughts? Criticisms?