A bloke at work has been in the TA for over 20 years. He was just on the point of leaving but was mobilised and sent to Iraq. This was his first operational tour. Prior to that he had only ever been on exercises. This surprised me. He had a good tour and returned safely. I'm not sure he ever intended to go on a tour but in hindsight I think he's glad he did (having returned safely). In the RMR is there a different emphasis with Ops? Is there the general expectation that guys will volunteer to go on Ops? By this I mean - when one joins the RMR - does everyone have the mindset that they'll be volunteering for Ops at some point and then regularly in the future?