Rare as it may sound, this is a few serious questions for our American chums here, I am a former Brit soldier, left as a Sergeant with 12 years experience two years ago to come and live over here in the US with my American wife, who I met while on an exchange in Washington DC. I have served in both the Balkans conflicts, Afghanistan and Iraq also. Although I am somewhat settled into civi life here in Seattle with my greencard, I am finding myself missing the army and have recently been contemplating joining one of your services. I'm going to the careers offices fairly soon to have a chat with those blokes, however, I wouldn't mind a couple of straight answers from you guys, if you have any knowledge of recruiting, etc. 1. Do you reckon my previous service in the Brit army would be taken into consideration at all? Of course, I could join as a private, even at the ripe old age of 32 your fitness standards look fairly lax to me - however, I have a lot of skills that I reckon could only benefit your mob, and it would be a bit daft to join at the bottom of the heap. 2. Daft or not, if I did have to join as a sprog, what would the instructors make of me? I did a stint teaching recruits myself in Winchester a few years back, so that could be interesting. 3. Once I got to a unit, do you think people would value my previous military experience, or would they generally just treat me like a know nothing foreigner, and dumbass E-1 private? One thing that has annoyed a bit about US society at large is that society as a whole is a bit me-centric, and if its not american its not worth knowing about. Basically, if I did have to join as a sprog new boy, (bearing in mind my rank in the UK military would work out at E-7 or so), do you think if I did a good job I could be promoted quickly? 4. If I joined as a reservist (may be the more sensible option to be honest, missus and kids would rather stay in Seattle to be honest, as the family is here), would I be mobilized and off to Iraq with immediate effect? Not overly bothered (after my last deployment, never thought I'd find myself saying that, but leading this boring civi life here has changed my outlook and values somewhat!), just curious. 5. I was in the Brit Army, obviously, however, I might just fancy something different here - knowing what you all know, and all loyalty to your own service aside, which would you consider to be the best service to join? i know that's fairly wide reaching, so my priority would be, if joining as a shitty E-1, the one with the least amount of bullshit and mess the troops around factor - been there done that, so I was thinking maybe the easiest ride in theis sense would be the Air Force, would you agree? Replies appreciated, either here or via PM. Cheers. PS - Its funny here, a lot of people really seems to view the military recruiters as the scourge of satan, but that the military is great - but as long as someone elses kids are doing it. I'd be happy to do my bit for my adopted country - but I see it more as doing the bit for myself and making the best use of my abilities.