Hey guys and girls as you can see this is my first post so be gentle. I am currently in a unusual situation and just want some general advise which would be the best option for me really. I do want to go to my nearest AFCO which is in Gloucester but finding the time at the moment is a problem so I would like to ask a few questions if I may. Firstly I'm 20 years old and interested in the Armed forces due to some of my extended family serving in the Swiss Armed forces, (My grandads country of origin) and they are really enjoying it so I thought I would do my bit for king and country and started looking into the British Army. The questions may appear in any random order so I apologise in advance if it seems confusing at all. My first question is if I have A's and B's at GCSE's would it be better to wait for 2 years and do my A levels in Maths, Physics and IT and then apply which would hopefully give me the grades to apply as a officer or would I have the same promotional aspects if I joined now? If I decide to wait and complete my A-levels is it quite easy to work round this with the TA because of my commitments during the week? My ideal job would be as a Infantry Soldier if I joined a regiment now could I change at a later date like a few years down the line for example to the PARA's when im alot fitter ? Can you join the PARA'S, if you require glasses or contacts, the reason I ask this and again it is linked to the above question I will do My AFF course level 2 in the summer and I have quite a few skyjumps and RAPS under my belt which leads to me taking a very keen interest on the PARA'S but my running time just isn't good enough yet (9:45 roughly) and although my upper body strength is good I am around 5kg's short of my ideal BMI? My fitness as far as I know is quite good, I've never smoked and I don't drink much. I don't suffer from any allergies or from asthma the only main problem is the fact I need glasses and that I only weigh around 70kg's, which is the reason I would like to take a keen interest in the TA to beef me up a bit The final question, is it a legal requirement for your current employer to give you time off work to do TA stuff, because I asked if I could have a weekend off a month at work for the TA and they refused. It isn't a great job, but they would be able to work around my hours during the week if I went back to college. Also I read that sometimes you can do more hours with the TA is this true? I may have forgot a few things these were the main ones which came to my head. I apologise for any spelling mistakes or wrong acronyms and thanks in advance for any advice offered it is much appreciated.