I have a choice, still young enough to return to the Regs, but have opportunity to join a good TA unit. If I rejoin the Regs after an absence of 12 years, I'm going to be on the lowest pay. I accept that. As we are married and own our own house very near to a possible garrison posting, would I be eligible for any benefits? I am 33. Might not get a full 22 in, but hey that's life. My initial concerns would be pay parades etc when I have direct debits set up. Also, what carrot can I offer Mrs, in terms of seperation allowances etc. I've tried looking at serving soldier terms on army.mod.uk but its all a bit confusing. The reason I ask, is that my Civvy job is only 16k. Not enough to tempt me to stay in a dull civilian job, but I would get my TA pay topped up if mobilised. Ideally, I'd like to rejoin as a regular. I am impressed that the Army have raised the recruitment age, but have they taken into account the extra committments that mature entrants are likely to have? Not that I'm asking to be treated as a special case, just that we are potentially making a bigger sacrifice than a 17 yr old who's still living with his parents. Advice gratefully received.