I am looking at joining the TA probably in the summer (after I graduate) and would be grateful for some advice. But my problem is if I should join as an officer or solider. My reason for joining to TA is to decide if I want to join the regulars in the future. If I did it would be as an officer but I feel that if I join the TA as a solider I could get a real feel as to what the job of the signals is. I think if I spent time as a solider then when it came to becoming an officer (if I am successful) I would be able to manage and lead better knowing what life is like at the bottom. So I guess my main question is: what would be better to finding out what life in the Royal Signals is like- training to become an officer or as a solider? I hope this doesn't come across as a wah and any help/experiences would be much appreciated.