I hope this is the right place to ask these questions... I am currently in a trade where I have been steadily getting more and more hacked off as time goes on. As a result of this I am now looking into trying for a DE commission. This is for several reasons: 1. The Army has, from day one in the AFCO tried to push me towards this route (I didn't want to as you cannot be commissioned directly into the trade I am in now). 2. I can't see many other OR trades that I would be interested in. There are only a couple. And 3. I am still young enough to try for it and if I wait too long for the people above me to die so I can have their shoes, I will be too old for DE. Now my questions are these: As my trade is higher band and I am class one, my pay is really not too shabby at all. Would I lose out financially as the pay for an O/Cdt is fairly woeful (I would have to drop c.9000 pa), or under PAY2K do I keep my current pay level? Secondly, as I will be married soon and living in an OR MQ, I have heard on the jungle drums that my better half would be able to keep it while I am away at RMAS. Is this true? Third but by no means least, if I were to get through RCB and on to RMAS but failed through injury for example, is that my entire career fcuked? I know that trying for, and failing, RCB means that you can go back to your old job but beyond that is that the point of no return, either you get through Sandhurst or you're out? I would be very grateful for any advice/opinions on this.