Hey all, I work for the police and am interested in joining the TA. This is for a couple of reasons: 1) I've always wanted to do something useful with my spare time other than training. 2) I want to serve in the armed forces but know that if I leave the police the way things are at the moment with recruitment I would never be able to get back in again 3) It's one way to get firearms trained and assist in my application to firearms. 4) As sad as it sounds one of my ambitions in life is to eventually do a secondment with the United Nations. In order to do it with the police you need to fill certain criteria such as having experience in work overseas, in hostile environments, be firearms trained and have experience working with other, international agencies. A good few years in the TA couldn't hurt in relation to gaining experience with the above. I've been to my local recruitment office and had a talk with the recruitment officer who was a very friendly chap. One thing I picked up from subtle hints is that he doesn't really like commissioned officers (is this common with NCO's?). He suggested Military Police, That's all well and good but that would be like coming home from my day job and then doing my day job again on some evenings and weekends. I'm quite interested in military intelligence. There's a voluntary regiment in Teeside which isn't too far from me. Suffice to say information about what they do is vague at best. Anyway, a few questions for you grizzled vets: - From what I gather drill nights are once a week. What do these usually consist off? Do you drop in with people who at varying levels in their training and all do the same thing or do they keep people with similar levels of experience together? - Is it best to join as an officer or soldier? I'm eligible to apply for officer training but see the benefits of joining as a soldier, learning your trade and then applying for a commission later down the line if, at the time it's what I want to do. On the other hand, would it be a wasted opportunity if I didn't at least try and then if fail, join as a soldier? - I work shifts. This isn't something I can't get around. I know there are evening training sessions that I won't be able to make. However I would still easily be able to make the 19 or 27 days quota. Does your two week training session contribute towards this minimum commitment? Because if so that knocks the number down to 5 or 13 which over the course of a year is very easy. - Intelligence work looks interesting, however I know that in reality jobs aren't always what they seem on the outside. What do personal in the TA actually do in the intelligence corp? Reading on it seems that people are split into looking at images, listening to radio transmissions and interviewing people. Are these really kept separate or do you do all three to build up a picture? There's a fourth category that simply states intelligence operative. Are these jack of all trades or do they do something else? - It would be very foolish of me to not at least consider Military Police. Do you think, realistically there are any skills that I could pick up in the Military Police that would benefit my civilian career? Or at the end of the day is it the same job, just in a different place? I think that's everything for the time being. I will be disappointed if I don't get at least a few heavily sarcastic responses. Look forward to reading them. Cheers for your opinions though guys, it's much appreciated.