Not a whah. I end up in discussions about Junior Officers and whilst I can talk about Navy and Marines with confidence never sure about Army. Now this timeline is only for Warfare Officers, not Logs/Engineering/Aircrew. Joins - basic training First job 2 years with about 2/3 of that at sea. Second job again 2 years with no time off in between, same time at sea (sea can be week away or 7 month deployment) 5 weeks ashore on Navigators course 2 years again at sea etc etc Then 8 weeks staff course and then 1 year on PWO course Then back to sea as a PWO etc etc (Now promoted to Lt Cdr/Maj) Would this be the average Inf Officer or even other arms???? Help appreciated in my quest to educate my think civi mates. As I said very general, other career paths and such like.