What are the rules regarding travelling abroad/being away from home for extended periods of time? I've got a summer free from work and thinking of skipping the country for a while unless something turns up. Obviously it's polite to let them know that you won't be in for a while but aside from that is there any official action required? I'm just thinking of them having difficulty serving mobilisation notices. Additionally is it possible to take 'time off' from the TA? IE remain on books with rank, free of mobilisation, etc but have the career on hold for half a year or so? Obviously skill fade is an issue, but it's only really 13.5 MTD's.