I am a bit confused. I would like to join the TA but I am confused about mobilisation and whether or not it is compulsory or voluntary. I visited a unit recently and was told that nearly everyone there had been on a tour recently and that they asked for volunteers but then if there were not enough volunteers then they made it compulsory. I am not in a position at the moment family wise to commit to going away for a tour but would like to at some point in the future although this could be 5 years away or maybe 10 - who knows what the future holds? But my question is this: Should I join now or wait for a few years when I am more able to go on tour? Or should I join a unit which is more UK based? I have a signals unit near which says it supports the UK emergency services etc. Any advice appreciated.