I applied for January selection for the above last year. But unfortunately I was a tad too late and they advised me to try again for September. I've got my application pack and I've been pondering the possibility for a few days now. I think I meet the basic fitness requirement. I can run 10 miles in under an hour and I've also been practising some bergen work with 45lb weights on the hills in the Yorkshire Dales. I decided to volunteer as a guided walks warden because you are taught map reading, route planning and get a basic first aid course. I've since been trying night navigation on my own which if I'm honest, hasn't worked out too badly at all and I can move from point to point over the dales at night using a map and compass. My problem is. I don't know if I should go for it or continue with my original plan of joining the regs', where I decided to go for the paras. My local AFCO said he can't really advise me on the above, as he doesn't know much about it. Would you lads be able to offer any advice/assistance? I know ultimately I'll have to make the choice and do either one or the other. But given the current economic climate and the various changes going on in the army. What do you guys think would be the better option? Any advice will be appreciated and put to good use. Many thanks, Al.