Hello chaps, hope this is the right section of the forum. I'm planning on joining the army in a few years as an officer, aiming for the paras as a first choice. Originally I had intended to join after I finish my A-Levels this summer, however I knew that it would be damn hard to pass AOSB etc at 18, despite having a packed cadet career. While my mates are in uni I basically want to get 3 years or so of 'life experience'. Revolving around having a job for around 2 years to save up for some real travel experiences (to the countries we have no current intention on invading). Now recently I had done a tandem skydive for charity with some buddies, and I have to say it was bloody fantastic. I had a look at maybe doing skydiving courses, but I wasn't too sure. Would there be any point in doing so if i was joining the army anyway? I've heard that apart from the whole PARA wings etc you could also do the Advanced Free Fall course at a much cheaper cost through the services. What would your thoughts be on this? both useful and condescending.