Starting this here as I am hoping someone from the TA will have some advice for me. Happily finished my weekend course at a training establishment at the weekend- 12:30 we all get knocked off. Except 'LCpl Bird, can you go in and see the Lt Col' Eh what? Poop a brick, march smartly into office, give the worst salute of my life (oh the shame, I might as well have slapped myself on the forehead). Luckily one of us had coffee and we both sat down. Basically a Major I have been chatting to has 'head-hunted' me for the OTC. Very strange methinks- but got given all the forms and the hard sell for the OTC. Because of the shock, I forgot to ask all the right questions- to be honest I was shivering from the DTs and the 2 hours sleep from the night before. The only bit that I got is that I could miss out some of the training as I am already a trained soldier and that I'd have no problems with a bunch of the tests. My current situation is as a CMT in an infantry unit. I teach and am the company medic. Now if I go to OTC I will be leaving my unit in a bit of a quandry. Any chance of continuing both? Am I going to have to take a pay cut and will I lose my bounty? I have a degree and am doing a doctorate, but in industry, so I have a bit of common sense as well as the accademic guff. The next question is- since I am in my late 20s already, am I going to find the OTC full of irritating young pups that I will end up strangling? Will they get my infantry humour? Also a bit worried as I was offered a job teaching at the OTC not so long ago- so will I still be challenged? I haven't filled in the forms yet. But I also want to know what core I will have to transfer to (Female officer in the infantry ). I like being in the infantry- but I am well aware of my limits! Obviously I wouldn't transfer until I finished. I do love where I am now, but I know that I have practically reached the ceiling already.l Any ideas people? Would be grateful for any advice from those that have been through this? Especially the older types and maybe anyone that has come from the ranks? Ta!