OK, don't know if this is the right place for it, but seems to be the best. So, i'll get on with it. I really really want to join the army, i've wanted to for ages and can't wait till i'm old enough (i'm 15). I want to finish my GCSEs, go to Harrogate, do my phase 2 and then get a posting (i think thats how it goes). However, i have one hell of a problem. Assaultcourseaphobia. Please don't take the piss, i'm serious. I honestly have a fear of assault courses ever since i sustained an injury on one at a cadet training day. I won't go into the injury because that goes away from the subject of the post. Anyway, i had that accident, have hated the assault courses since and in July tried to have a go on the one at Warcop. I had a panic attack and ad to be guided down, embarassingly by the PTIs and my OIC. I'm not normally reduced to tears in any way shape or form, but i was truly ashamed of myself that day and kept beating myself up about it (worst thing being that it was part of a march and shoot competition and i felt like i'd let the team down). What i'm wondering is, how important and essential are the assault courses to a soldier's training and development? And, just in case you're wondering, i'm hoping to join the AAC.