I have read some very informative posts in the forum about TAPO and DETAPO training. My particular situation is that I am 32 years old (33 in Nov) and am now ready to join the TA, albeit at a later stage than most I would imagine. I do have an idea of which TA unit I want to join and have been in contact with them. They say it's better to train with them for about 18 months as a soldier and qualify in the relevant trades, and then 'possibly' be recommended for officer training. I suppose there is an argument that such a route would be beneficial but by the time that happens I will be 34-35 years old. My only 'military experience' is 7 years in the CCF followed by 2-3 years as an Adult Instructor. I just hope it's not too late for me! I'm only 32 years old and I feel like I'm way past it - how sad is that?! I would genuinely appreciate any help and advice anyone can offer.