I first approached my nearest TA field hospital last September after being talked into joining the RAMC by a member of the TA on a recruitment drive. The whole process since then has been a farse. I would have to write an entire essay to cover everything, but to sum things up I have been messed around, given conflicting information and am wondering whether the whole TA thing is really worth all this grief and frustration. I feel embarrassed when my colleagues and family ask me how things are going, because my story changes from week to week. The people within the unit are really nice, but their organisation and communication doesn't instill confidence!! I think I know what I'm doing, then someone tells me something completely different. Every new recruit within the unit has numerous complaints. Can anyone settle a couple of questions for me as I'm so confused. As a fully qualified state registered Biomedical Scientist in one of the largest hospitals in the country, am I eligible to apply for a commission straight away or do I have to complete the non-commission training first? I have been qualified for 6 years. Is the training route the same in an Independent unit as opposed to a Specialist unit? Thanks.