Hello all, First post & all that, maybe this should've gone onto the "Joining Up" board? Hmm... anyhow was looking for a sounding board for a choice I'll have to make in a while. Here's my situation. Wanted to be a PC in London after coming out of uni. Got hoodwinked by Met recruitment targets & am now a PCSO. Whilst waiting to apply as a PC, I decided I wanted to scrabble about in mud & get sent to hot, sandy places. Now I've passed my PC tests & convinced them I am a politically correct, hug-a-hoody person who only uses gender neutral speech, I've got a minimum of a 6 month wait from tomorrow for security clearance before being given a date to start training. On the Army Officer front, I've got my Briefing at the end of April where my biggest worry (besides trying to get CAT 1) is the doctors saying my ACL reconstructed knee isn't up to scratch. Assuming I pass all the officer selection hurdles, my strongest inclination is to say no thanks to policing & get good at ironing for RMAS. My sarge at work suggested doing what he did & be a copper but do TA. He eventually stopped doing TA to do secret squirrel business with the Met but did say that I ought to think of that option for a "best of both worlds" experience. Now my worry with that is that it could end up being not best of both but just a taste of the army & a career hinderance as a rozzer. Is there the option of a lateral move from TA to Regular should I choose this option & decide I really like it or is it a case of starting from scratch? Meh... I've rambled enough, Thanks for any thoughts.