It's my first stint in the TA, just going into phase one next, heading along the PO route. My families military background is exclusively RAF, I'm not a gun nut, I'm not an ex cadet and I've not been in the military before. I'm aware my civilian skills transfer over to the military (project management and related IT work seems to be popular among the TA officers I've met so far) but am also aware of a dearth of specific military knowledge. The problems I've encountered so far are mostly just lack of basic knowledge, and I'd rather prep up as much as I can. The forums are a goldmine, but they tend to disagree on minor points (which later turn out to be quite important!). So, um, yes. Any books that come recommended? Mapreading (all I've done is plot routes for sailing), squad control and command, that sort of thing? The majority of stuff either seems to be out of date, from the US marines or has been rebranded for the SAS market. Even books for motivation would be good (Lance Armstrong's 'its not about the bike' is a great read before training)! BTW, a reading list might help retention through those first few months, those of you that worry about that sort of thing!