Wish i hadn't it was a waste of time and taught me very little. On the plus side the beer was cheap, but it was full of ridiculously keen army people who were never going to join for real and so went massively out of their way to be uber warry for a weekend.
Cheap drink, good mates, loads of sports, some good warrie stuff and women to die for! Obviously there were quite a few hippacrocapigs but some of the birds at the recruiting stand when I was a fresher.. Still think about them now on EX in the wanking maggot.
Because it had the only Pipe Band at the University, and I wanted to keep playing the bagpipes.
Granted, I'd been a pad rat, and gone to an ...interesting... educational establishment ("For the sons of Scottish Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen"), so the military side held no apprehension.
As time went on, I was doing progressively less Piping and more green stuff, until I went for a TA commission (three of us from the Pipe Band that year; two to line infantry, one to TA Para Reg).
For those who might, err, knock Pipe Bands - or "interesting" Forces schools - I know of two regular Lt.Cols (one REME, one Inf) who did more or less the same thing.....one of whom was in the AUOTC Pipe Band that won the World Championships in their grade.
It boils down to finding some good mates, cheap booze, fit lassies who will **** yoooooo hard (allegedly... I have yet to find out) and the feeling of acomplishment you get when you know you have done something that none of your slacker uni mates have, even if they can never understand why you do it.
it was probably dreams of distant shores in the future (who am I kidding, pre-Tony death in northern ireland was the limited outlook for aspiring junior officers). whatever the reasons you join for, I imagine it is rarely the reasons you stay, mates, training (even in rain), the habit, the parties, and the potential of the one wocdt in junior year without an std.
i certainly know from recruiting that when you tell freshers how good it is they don't believe you anyway. Until you've done it survival exercises on brecon, patrolling through p..s wet field sin the middle of the night and of course the joys of gunnery, you really can't understand how enjoyable it is.