First things first, hello! Although I'm opening my first post with a question I'll be sure to hang around and join in the community. I'm fully aware that there is a big obligation to help out my country with regards to voluntary and mandatory deployment/mobilisation should I progress my interest with the RNR, I just have a couple of questions. Firstly, I am assured by my employer that I am to be given two weeks on top of my annual leave for military reserve duties inclusive of RNR, which is great. I also understand that if I'm mobilised that I will be covered by the government, my question is does my employer have a legal obligation to leave my civilian post open should I be deployed? It's probably a silly question and I could have well asked HR but they take ages! My second question is how soon into joining can you be offered mobilisation? Is it only once you've been fully trained (which is 2 years?). Reason for asking is I'm trying to get one of my friends to join with me but he's currently doing a 3 year AAT course which has about 2.5 years left, we both need half a year to lose weight and get ready for RNR regardless, but he can't join the RNR if it means he might be deployed while he's on the course. Thanks in anticipation.