Hi everyone, First of all i'm new and this is my first post, so please excuse any annoying and infuriating naivety or ignorance. I realise that by posting such a query on an army forum i'm opening myself up to severe bouts of bias... but i'm also guessing i'll get a decent slice or two of honesty so I thought i'd chance my arm! Basically I want to join the Armed Forces and I really, really want to work in the Intelligence area. I'm currently going through the application process to join the RAF as an Intelligence Officer. I've had the intial chat, the presentation, the interview, just waiting to see if i'll be called forward for the selection board. I chose the RAF at the outset because of what other people told me, basically. Friends of mine in the services and staff at AFCOs all seemed to suggest the RAF is better paid, you're better looked after and that it's a more modern, forward thinking organisation that's on the up... whereas the army is in a downward spiral. That's what I was told anyway, and everything I heard about the RAF I liked, so I persevered. Recently I've been looking into opportunities in the Int Corps. I'll admit, more as a back-up at first in case the RAF answer is no. But the more and more I read, the more and more I think it's the route for me. Furthermore, i've spoken to more people who have suggested Intelligence in the RAF is a borderline joke. I don't want to be a glorified civilian doing mundane work. I am joining the Armed Forces because I want a challenging, varied career in an exciting environment. I want to be stretched and pushed to the limit and I want to make a difference and really do a job I can be proud of... something I feel I can never achieve in the civilian world. What do you guys think, honestly? You know more about it. How do the two compare? Am I going to be disappointed in the RAF? Is the Int Corps the ultimate in military intelligence? Another dilemma I face is the soldier vs officer question. I don't have a degree but I opted for RAF Officer because of my education - I got eight As at GCSE and four out of four As at A Level - and because of my 'leadership background' if you will - i've captained sports teams since I can remember and past jobs include managing a major three-star hotel! An officer role in the army really appeals but a few things put me off - a) i'm unsure if I'm up to Sandhurst for 11 months, b) i really want to get cracking asap and maybe the best way to do that would be go in as a soldier and work my way up? and c) I hear it is notoriously difficult to get into the Int Corps as an officer. Sorry about the ridiculously long post. But it's a real dilemma and I need all the help I can get. I just want to get the most out of my Armed Forces career! All help would be gratefully received! Thanks!