Is there anything like the OTC? This is something that I have pondered for quite some time since leaving the OTC some years ago. I tried the TA thing and that was.....to say the least extremely dull, post OTC experience. It's not really the same going away with a platoon of 7 or 8 blokes, to a group of well over 150 people 50/50 split male/female pissed up bags of 18 year old hormones. Needless to say I enjoyed the experience of OTC so much that I actually did two degrees just so that I could stay on for another 3 years!! Lets face it, where else do you get to go on the lash for the weekend and get paid for the pleasure. Thats not to say that its all drink. There was some army stuff, like standing for hours on end waiting for the range to clear so you can start firing (yes you've guessed it I was in a gun troop!). There were also the courses camps that were just an opportunity to earn another 10 days pay just before going back to uni in Sept. The only downside of the OTC was the pitiful bounty!! Anyway I now find myself married with an 8 year old child and approaching 30 thus the mid life crisis looms. Thinking back to the old days, they have by far been the most important and influential in who I am today. The education I battled through for most of my younger life pails into insignificance to what I picked up through the OTC. Anyone reading this wondering if to join...DO IT...even if you don't want to join the army (don't tell them that). Get paid to have a laugh and make some fantastic life long friends. For those of you that are already in it, do another degree and stay on as long as possible because as soon as you leave, you have to be all serious and the TA network isn't what you would expect (in my opinion anyway). If you dont join then I suppose there is always RAMBLING!! Its like the OTC but without the guns and stuff. Why do Ramblers feel compelled to go to Keswick dressed like they are going to scale K2, just to look around the Rambling shops at clothes they are already wearing??