I would appreciate your best advice regarding family opposition to my joining as an officer. My father and uncles served in the Army in the 60s and 70's and developed a fearsome reputation as a family of brawlers, barrack room lawyers and admin' cases. My dad served time both at Shepton Mallett and Colchester Military Prisons as did both his brothers. I am keen to serve in an Irish Regiment, either the "Micks" or RIR as an officer but am worried that my family's reputation may compromise my chances of being accepted into the officers' mess. In addition, my dad and uncles regard my joining the army as an officer as something of a family disgrace and have made derogatory comments concerning the fact that I was CSM of my CCF Coy and am now an OTC O/CDT. Thirdly, I am somewhat concerned that I do not have a private income and may find mess bills in the "Micks" rather steep. I would appreciate your advice as to the validity of my concerns as I have twelve month's left before I graduate (Oxbridge) and do not wish to waste my time or that of the Army. Thanks!