I am 23 years old and have successfully passed the criteria for entry to the Int Corps and start Phase 1 in the New Year. I have just be asked by a close friend of my fathers (a Police Officer) if I would like to be sponsored as a Freemason as he claims it would be helpful in the future. Having searched arrse there is a thread within the Officers forum that details a number of issues with regard to Freemasonry etc and in fact details there are number of `Service` Lodges. I obviously do not want to jeopardise any future career prospects so would be grateful for a PM with regard the following: Questions: 1. Will membership affect my security status ? Obviously I have completed the relevant vetting procedure applications already and had no idea that this issue would come up. 2. Would I have to declare membership if I am successful ? 3. Does the Int Corps have its own Lodge ? 4. If not does it come under an `umbrella` Lodge such as the `Rosemary` i.e Special Forces ? 5. Should I just decline and wait until later on in my career ? The above is serious and I would appreciate understanding answers. Many thanks in advance.