Hi, I'm posting this here under the 'analysis' part of the index. I really want to join the Army as an officer and cannot wait to do so, providing they have me. I think it is one of the best jobs going, the adventure, the travel, experiences, security, lack of comfort-zone, humour, etc. I know we all join because it's what we wanted to do, it was our personal decision, but something gets to me, I can't quite put my finger on it and I don't think I have quite "got it". It's society. Although most non-student, hippy sandalistas out there regard the Forces 'reasonably' well, i.e. when you say I'm in the RAF/ARMY/RM etc, it generally invokes respect and you have a kind of 'tag', a good tag in my view, of being someone who is stoic, strong in the face of adversity, stiff upper lip, etc, you know, militarised. You all know what your civvy associates think of you. But is it enough? Most people in civvy street and greedy, selfish, interested in money above all else and they adorn themselves in luxuries, comforts, and other materialistic lifestyle habbits that ensure they preserve their own personal happiness. Their loyalties to our country, history, institutions is skin deep and they would sacrifice nothing for it (unlike you). I read in the Mail the other day, and in the View column it was talking about unscrupulous officers, and said "military officers, largely forgotten today in the non-military world..." and that also makes me said. The diminishing prestige of service. How do you do it? How do you execute your duty the way you do, knowing a lot of people back home, young, old, men, women, rich, poor, wouldn't buy a big issue off a starving begger in the street if it cost them a Â£1. I hope I have made myself reasonably clear..