I wonder if you all could offer me a bit of advice. I have been in for my first TA interview. I have the boxes ticked for age/qualifications (early thirties/AAA degree from a redbrick) for Direct Officer Entry. Advice from the WO2 was to go through phase 1 as a solid background, make sure the TA was for me and then could put my hand up in future. That way if I didnt pass AOSB I wouldnt be out of the TA but would be able to continue as a soldier. He also felt that the NCOs did more of the interesting stuff and Id have a better chance of being deployed in comparison to being an officer. A very large percentage of the NCOs are all graduates anyway. Id felt my application was strong, whilst I dont want to ignore what seems logical advice. Gut instinct says I should just put my hand up for it when I meet with the Commanding Officer. Its certainly not about money, I just feel like its backing down from a challenge and that doesnt sit well with me. Part of my reason for applying was to develop as a person in terms of leadership/management and taking on the responsibility that being an Officer brings with it. Sometimes theres a fine line between determination and arrogance and Im in need of a bit of advice.