Good day. I realize it has indeed been quite a while since I have posted, but that has been due to the fact that I have had to deal with migrating to the UK, continuing the joining process, surviving my first winter, and overall just getting myself acclimatized to both British life and also gaining a better understanding of what army life shall be like. As it stands now, I am due to start basic training in June, going specifically for RLC chef. Now, over the past couple of weeks, I have come across some rather interesting information, that specifically being the biopic of Captain Jo, former RLC chef now turned AAC pilot and as such I must admit that I have become rather inspired by her career fluidity and progression and as such I threw myself into an all consuming research about what it is like to be an AAC pilot, positives, negatives, etc. So far, all things being equal, I am still quite enthused about it. As such, I am hoping to possibly attempt the selection board once I have met the eligibility criteria. However, the spanner in the works for me is that I also have ambitions of commission later on in my military career and as such I have considered combining both passions like Captain Jo did, by hopefully commissioning as an AAC pilot. But I have been informed by both recruiters and also based on comments on this site that the flying life of a AAC pilot officer is indeed a short one as once having achieved the rank of Major then one is marched off to 'fly a desk' and thereby leave the flying to Junior Officers and NCOs. As such, seeing that with each passing day I am developing a deeper passion for being in the cockpit, is it rather true that most AAC pilots often become disillusioned with being in the cockpit and hence the very low retention rate of NCOs and as such, going NCO Officer would be the better aspiration to go after? Also, however I am indeed acutely aware that with commissioning, I could possibly be risking the longevity of my military career as officers gaining a IRC and RC are becoming as endangered as the Bengal Tigers of Asia. As such, should I risk my more possibly certain 22 yrs of army career to seek for a more iffy, though admittedly quite valuable commissioning that could possibly end after 8 yrs due to the mob giving me marching orders as there is a lack of retention contract posts? And finally, I have enlightened myself on the matter of being a LE officer so do you believe that being a LE officer after hopefully a full career as an AAC pilot would see me being able to get a full pilot's career and also gain the opportunity to humbly lead some of the greatest soldiers one could ever come across? All in all, my question in a nutshell is, given all the aforementioned parameters, what would you recommend as the most feasible, given past successful similar attempts by other individuals to achieve what I am speaking of? Any info or response would be most appreciated. P.S. - I will be 23 in Sept., so I am hoping to achieve the necessary rank of Corporal or be recommended for Corporal by my 27-28th birthday so I can truly make a decision of either going AAC officer pilot or AAC NCO. Do you believe that achieving Corporal in 5 yrs in the Logistic Corps as a chef is feasible so as to meet the eligibility requirements for AAC selection and also be within the age window to start officer training which I have been made aware, the selection process as an officer can take well over a yr so I would love to start the process by 27-28 so hopefully I can get into RMAS just in time or just a bit earlier than my 29th birthday? Thanks in advance for reading and indeed I know it is quite a read, but I just wanted to show I have considered as many factors as possible in seeking a concrete answer.