Gents, Been a lurker on arrse for a while now although a civvy, but enjoy the banter. For the past 6 months I've been getting rid of excess tonnage through diet and excercise (mainly cycling) and I've dropped 7 stone. Although still a fat git I am confident having done that much I can get down to a decent weight by adding some running too and want to keep it that way. I'd also like to do something worthwhile with my spare time so I thinking of applying to join my local unit (RA), possibly with a view to transferring to a REME detachment if successful (I am an engineer by profession). Quite willing to deploy if required, no family commitments so ideal for me in the situation I am in. My question is, should I drop the rest of the excess weight before rocking up down there, or go straight for it? Or would I be better dropping down to the local ACIO instead of the unit? All advice gratefully received - useful advice even more so. Ta.