Advantages Wargames, adventure training, qualifications, new friends, lots of fun - and you get paid for it!
Disadvantages You might have to go to war...
I've been in the Territorial Army since November 2004 and I have had the most exciting time ever since doing it.
I've already been places I'd never have been and done things I'd never have done - and I haven't even been in for a year yet!
If throwing grenades and petrol bombs or firing automatic weapons are on your list of things to do before you die, join!
There's something really satisfying about filling a milk bottle with petrol and throwing it at a vehicle without fear of prosecution (in a controlled training area, of course!)
Why did I join?I thought about joining the regular Army when I was at university but I never did because I wanted to get into being a journalist.
How do I feel about joining?I'm loving it! I've made some very close friends, learned lots of new skills and I've learned a lot about myself in the process.
What about the military side?You are joining to become a trained soldier. You get the same training (in a shorter space of time) as a regular soldier, you have to learn the same skills and you can be called on to do the same job in war.
I have had a fantastic few months since joining, it's taught me a lot and it's made me fitter, stronger and more confident. I start officer training in October, which will lead to even more skills, qualifications and even more satisfaction and enjoyment from serving my country.
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