Hi, Here is the situation, I decided that I would like to join 4 para December 08. Come January though I get drunk, and tore ligament fibers in my right knee. The doctor said it would take 6 weeks to heal, foolishly though I did not give it proper rest and I tryed to do some running for fitness and I played alot of sport such as rugby and had to limp off the pitch many times because I kept injuring my knee. During all this I also started to develop shin splints to the point where my shins start to get sore from 10 mins of standing. So here I am in May with still an injured knee (nearly recovered I reckon though) and shin splints. I have until the 4th of September untill the 4 Para recruit cadre but I have also been given the chance to do the Short Service Reserve Engagement in june. For those of you who dont know its a 9 week intensive training course for 4 para on which you receive your maroon beret at the end if you pass. This would great for me as I really need to improve my fitness and even if I dont pass 'P' company on the SSRE I will get another chance to do it in Feb with my normal 4 Para TA training. So my question is what should I do? I could sit on my arse this month hoping my injuries heal in time for June but I will not have been able to do any running training. OR should I forget the SSRE and try and train by myself in July August? Taking into account that I really need to work on my fitness as I have been injured and the SSRE could really help. Sorry for the long post, but its a matter of urgency considering the SSRE starts in 4 weeks. Thanks for any advice.