Right well, since my rents found out that i am serious about joining the army (hopefull para) when i left the date of my BARB test on the table, they have changed their tune on my joining. Saying that i wouldn't fit in as basically i'm not a violent nutcase who goes to the pub to fight... Now i know that that is a stupid and largely false stereotype right!? But they don't see that. So, those of you who have joined i can bet that the large percentage of you do NOT have criminal convictions right? Nor are you insane or high school dropouts. So what can i do/say to try change their minds, it seems that alot of people are trying to talk me out of joining because of what they "read and see on the TV". Basically i want your opinion on how they/you are and that army life is actually pretty damn good right? Positives and negatives!? Cheers guys.