Hello, i was originally planning to join the regulars, however, now have decided to go to college then uni and get a degree, before trying to join as an officer. However, as this will take years, i was pondering over the idea of joining the T.A in the meantime.. Which raises several questions. How would it effect my studies? how often/likely a i to be mobilized? i would like to be mobilized, but if it takes 6 months out of studying its just going to delay joining up as a regular officer further, and perhaps end up too old to join in the end, depending how much i miss etc. At this point in time, i am about to turn 18 in June, so i am still young, but it will take years for college and uni. When i try to join the regulars in future, i would aim to join as a para. So i would probably be aiming for 4 para with the T.A, however, it depends on lots of things.. if i would be better off doing a trade route in the T.A, it would give me skills and a longer time in training, so i wont miss studying and i will be able to join full time a better and more rounded man.. What would you advise? any answers are much appreciated.