Ladies and Gentlemen, I invite contributions to this thread from those who have been through this particular formative experience, in order to entertain and inform our young colleagues who are about to go to RMAS. Easy on the BS please, though there is no reason to spare our young colleagues some of the delights that they are about to experience. My own personal take: It was a ghastly shock to my timid, civvy, system. I'd been in the OTC and TA before going to Sandhurst and had achieved JNCO rank (wow!), thus believing myself to be the dogs b0llocks. I had a reasonable familiarity with the weapons; I could use the radios; I could press my kit; I could bull my boots; I could read maps; I knew a bit about tactics, etc etc... or so I thought. I can't claim to have been very fit: I'd run a 3hrs 34 marathon in May of the year I went (for September entry), but had done fairly little phys thereafter: bad mistake! What this meant was that: I was cocky - definitely not a good thing; I thought my knowledge of certain matters military was on a par with that of the DS - wrong; PT was an effort - oops. Combined with this, the dreadful 'Boots, combat, high' that we got issued then (the first course to get them after DMS boots), and ran in from day 2, shredded my heels and gave me Achilles Tendonitis. Ouch. So, the advice I give to those of you starting next week is: 1. Nothing you've done before counts for sh1t. Use your experience but don't bother to tell the DS about it: they've been there, seen it and, for the most part, done it. If anything, use it to help your fellow cadets and don't wait for the DS to appear before you do. 2. Have a positive mental attitude; you will not enjoy a lot of things in the first five weeks, but it gets better. If you respond positively to Sandhurst, you will benefit from it throughout your life. 3. Get everything on the kit list. Lesson One: do what you're told! 4. Fitness. It's too late to worry now, but if you aren't fit don't make it worse by turning up hungover or - even worse - clapped up (don't laugh, one of the guys on my intake turned up with the clap). 5. Spread the word about Arrse: this is a valuable resource which I wish I'd had access to when I was going through RMAS. Finally, good luck to everyone who starts next week and please make sure to let us know how it's going as soon as you can.