I was talking to a friend of mine about what we wanted to do after gaining our A levels, and we eventually got onto to the subject of joining the armed forces.... We both want to to join the armed forces some day, I said I wanted to try my best for sandhurst and hopefuly get a place as an Infantry officer. He said I was setting my hopes too high as there are a practically a hundred applicants for one position. I asked him what he wanted to do, and he said he didn't care what he does, so long as he get's a job. How many people wanting to join are like this? I know there are hundreds of unemployed young people out there, and quite a few of them will inevitably be turning to an Armed forces career. But is this really the right type of person the armed forces should be attracting? Someone who's just in it for a job? And doesn't care what they do? Somebody who's only in it for the job security, and decent wage? Half the people I know who want to join don't even have a basic grasp of our Armed forces, one said RAF regiment doesn't have offcers! The other said the entire royal marines take on only one officer a year ? (Although the second guy was studying AS levels, and a teacher said he should join as an officer so maybe he was telling porky pies to make it sound a waste of time perhaps?) So what i'm asking is, does it matter that the Armed forces are attracting people with this sort of attitude? Are they taking up valuable space, that could go to somedoby els with the right attitude?