Ok, so before I start, let me just say that I have used the search tool found on these forums and I have also read the thread supplied by Wedge35: Royal Engineers Right now that I've got that out of way, I can say why I am posting. Im 16, just starting Year 11 at school and I've been thinking about college and a life in the army for a while. Currently, the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College seems like a great prospect to me for two reasons: I want to go to both college and university and Im dead set on a career as an officer. The opportunities Welbeck can provide are second to none. However, the problem is that I'm just not one hundred percent sure if I want a career in engineering as opposed to being in the infantry - namely the para's. But I have been doing a bit of research and been trying to find out more on 23 Engineer Regiment who I have learned are attached to the Para's. But what exactly does that mean? Are they on the frontline alongside the Para's or do they undertake a much more supporting role? Also, I realise that both engineering and combat tasks are involved but which one of these would I mostly be doing if I was to go down the Welbeck and RE route? If you guys could give me a few opinions that would be great as I realise that most of you know a hell of alot more about the Infantry and Engineering than me. One final thing, apart from getting my head down for my GCSE's, are there any preparations I could be making for army life now? I run 3-4 times a week and do my 1.5 mile run regularly along with the normal press ups, sit ups etc but is there anything else I could be doing? Many thanks.