This caught my eye, and I'm strongly considering it when my contract runs out at work: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/world/middleeast/14syria.html?ex=1352696400&en=e7df85c1d924b0fe&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss Would I have to leave the TA to do it? I imagine Syria's quite high up on the Army's list of Dodgy Places to Live. Would it affect my Security Clearance when I come back? I'd ask my OC, but he's a) very busy b) would probably say WTF!?