Hi gents, I'm 19, have 11 GCSE's (grades B-C) and am considering joing the Corps of Royal Engineers and appreciate some help. I've read all the booklets on the Engineers, watch the DVD, read the website, read many many posts on this forum and done countless other researching on the 'tinternet for many moons. My desired trade is.... Pioneer (tada!!) - jack of all, master of none...its variety which is great lol and the promotion prospects seem competitive!! Plus Assault pioneer is an option to further myself along with the Specialties options available - 2 of which are causing me issues... Specialist Engineer Commando : 59 commando squadron (now 24 Commando Royal Engineer Regiment) And Specialist Engineer Diver : Anti-Mine and underwater Explosive Engineer. (You are trained along with the Navy Divers in poole) Here is a video on the Navy website I've found which explains a little more: http://www.careers.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/mine_clearance_diver.php The very curtious SSgt said it wasnt generally allowed and the Army prefers you to stick to one specialist role. (naturally) "It was and issue for admin" He proceeded on and said although this is a concencious decision and not a rule. The army would try and accomidate a request to transfer if you really hated your specialty and it meant it was keeping you in the Army!! Hmm makes sense, but this is pretty linear considering it would undoubtedly help with retention and obviously recruitment as a whole...but I digress. Now I may be (read: I AM) an ignorant tw*t and maybe I've watched too much tv...(DEFINATLY).. but this is one of the very reasons I chose the RE because in my not so infinate wisdom I some how believed you could move and respecialise after a few years, what with the enormous options available within the Corps. Which is useful to prevent things from getting stagnated I have hightlighted option because its just that an option - I'm not some wanna be rambo, just a young man who feels compelled to ask about the ins and outs of a fabalous corps of men from people who have been there themselves!! This is all they are: options. Options to be considered. Many thanks fellas P.S. Sorry if for anything I've said has caused offence, it was not intentional. Also please excuse any spelling, punctual and grammar mistakes along with any other in discrepancies. Its late and I'm knackered! Thanks again.