I plan on joining the TA next year. But the recruitment chappy I spoke to yesterday thinks I should join the RAF Reserve Regiment instead. I grew up in an army town with army prejudices, so this was a bit like requesting to join the Foreign Legion and being offered an application form for the WI. Looking at the website the RAFRR looks like it's pitching itself as rehab for burnt out execs or city boys who've dropped the ball. His rationale was that, given that I have language and tech skills and professional qualifications, I would be more likely to be deployed doing something interesting/intelligence-related much more quickly in the RAF, and given my age (pushing forty when I join) there's much more scope for progression/promotion than there would be in the TA. Is this really the case?