A BARNSTAPLE office clerk will be swapping her Roundswell desk job for a similar role in the dustier climes of the Afghan desert. Territorial Army private Joanne Page, 22, from Portsmouth Arms, near Burrington, enlisted with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry D Sq

A BARNSTAPLE office clerk will be swapping her Roundswell desk job for a similar role in the dustier climes of the Afghan desert.Territorial Army private Joanne Page, 22, from Portsmouth Arms, near Burrington, enlisted with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry D Squadron, in Barnstaple, in August, 2006.On Sunday, she left North Devon for the Army's Reserves Training and Mobilisation Centre at Chilwell, Nottingham, after being compulsorarily mobilised to serve a six-month tour in war-torn Afghanistan.After undergoing a two-week training course in basic soldiering that includes, fitness and range training, map reading and battlefield casualty drills, she will be deployed with the Colchester-based 2nd Parachute Regiment in early February. She is expecting to travel with the regiment to Camp Bastion in early March. "I signed up with the TAs for a challenge and this is about as exciting as it gets," she told the Gazette."I'm anxious, but looking forward to getting my basic training done and settling in with my regiment."Although I'm told my role will be largely administrative, I'll be spending a lot of time on the ranges when I get to Colchester to familiarise myself with the weapons."I'm really looking forward to getting my first taste of regular Army life."I've always worked full-time since I've left school and have done very little travelling apart from European holidays, so going out into the middle of the desert will be a new experience for me."But I've been speaking to female TA colleagues from D Squadron in Paignton, who got back from Iraq in October. They said they'd go again and that speaks for itself, really."n Territorial Army private Joanne Page, will be heading out to Afghanistan with the 2nd Parachute Regiment in March. Ref: AK 0401