I'm considering joining the Int Corps as an OPMI or MIL, however I can not join as an officer because of my age (I'll be 26 before I can get into Sandhurst) and so I'm considering joining as a regular, or in the RAF where i'm not too old for commission. I have a few questions that I hope you wouldn't mind answering: 1. Is there a hard cap on promotion based on experience? Having read some posts already it's quite obvious that people here don't like any sort of confidence, however I'm fairly confident that if I wouldn't pass the officer selection, then I would only narrowly miss out, so it's somewhat disheartening to know that I will never reach the same rank as those who do pass the selection, no matter how well I do and that my degree would have been worthless. Of course the army is a meritocracy, but the website says that you'll reach Corporal after 6-8 years (assuming I don't **** up) but can you do it quicker? It seems a little crazy that one or two good days at selection will mean the difference between a Lance Corporal (after graduation) and a Second Lieutenant, without any chance to redeem yourself. 2. I've heard that OPMI's have a lot of front line action; is this true? I understand that everybody is a soldier first and that everybody is at risk, but i'd rather not be out on the front line. I had thought previously that I could have an intelligence role back at base processing information, but a few talks with the advisers now has me under the impression that i'm going to be fired at daily. I'm sure it's laughable to many of you that I want to avoid action, but an IED has reduced a family friend to a very bad condition (one of the worst in the war, i'm told) and so both my family and I are a little concerned. If there is a lot of front line I may be best in the RAF. 3. If I went in as a MIL then am I realistically just looking at Farsi, Pashto & Dari? I'd like to do something that I can use in civilian life, so languages such as Mandarin, Russian or Arabic would be more useful later. 4. Are Ex-Int's valuable in the civilian world? I imagine that some would go on to work for MI5, SIS and GCHQ, but what about the others? I don't want to be coming back to a Tesco or a language teacher role. 5. Can I represent the army in multiple sports or is there a limit? I mean it is paid time off work. Thank you for any sensible replies I get.