I've searched this forum and used Google after hearing/reading rumours that the benefits of being a graduate officer in comparison to being a non-graduate officer (pay, quicker promotion etc.) were to stop. I was wondering if anybody might happen to know if there's any truth in these rumours? The reason I ask is I'm 23.4 and hoping to potentially join the regular Army as an Officer in the future. I have recently become a Gunner in the T.A. in the meantime, as at the moment I fail to possess any of the necessary qualifications (long story cut short: I was home "educated"). I will be taking the GCSEs & A Levels that I need through an independant company at the end of this year/beginning of next and am due to start a Foundation Degree in September (entry gained through local college as a mature student). Now, as much as I'm keen to do my FD (& then a final year to top it up to a full degree) I am also aware that by the time I would be likely to finish my studies I will be over 26 years old. This isn't a huge issue as I'm keen on joining the RMP. But, I do wonder if it might be worth me just getting my GCSEs and A Levels in order to apply sooner and have more choice if there aren't going to be any incentives for graduate cadets by the time I get there. Apologies for any rambling - I can get a little carried away sometimes. Hopefully you get the jist though.