Very off topic.
I'm a physio working in the Farnborough area. Have a long term girlfriend but some years off kids. I'm also 30. Recently been looking into the TA.
Originally I looked at the RAF reserves (regiment) towards Oxford but the 5 year commitment put me off - still not 100% settled here in England and would like the option to pull out and move abroad if required with only a few months notice (lady is considering law firms abroad).
So, that leaves the local TA. I undersatnd the time commitments I think and my employer would be on board. I also understand that when eventually mobilised the option of leaving is off the table and I may be gone for up to a year.
Local to me here is the Farnham and Camberley company, mortar and rifles respectively, which I have had initial contact with. Would be looking at regular soldier, not officer as yet.
The point of this, lengthy, post is to seek any 1st hand experiences of the TA generally or, even better, my local company. Is there are large difference in roles between the two? Are the stated time commitments realistic or do they require/expect more than week night training with 1 weekend a month (plus the 2 weeker)?
Not sure what id ike to know as I don't know much!