Seven years ago, as a youngish, fit and energetic nurse I was taken by the idea that I wanted to use my knowledge and skills to support the various deployments of the British armed forces. But because I had been prescribed an inhaler once (which I hardly used and then only to help with my cycling habit!) I was rejected from the TA QARANC. In the last few days, as an overweight, relatively unfit, knackered but still enthusiastic nurse I finally made it past the medical and am now just waiting for security clearance before I can pull a green suit for the first time since 1980. Persistence pays off. Big thanks to the ROSO of the unit I have joined who has given good advice, listened carefully and has supported my application. Right from the start I feel like I want to do my very best to justify the efforts he has made on my behalf. To everyone I'm going to meet over the next few years, hello - I'm looking forward to working with you wherever and whenever world events/government policy and shameless pestering take me. Any hot tips for getting through the training phase asap so I can get to the business end?