Left the Marines after 8 years of service after getting sick of it all, was a culmination of a series of unfortunate events, both personal and professional that finally forced my hand to say enough was enough and to leave of my own free will. I got out did a bit of property management, started my own mobile mechanic business and then started up at university doing a BA in Business Management. Thing is, once you've been at the sharp end of life everything else dull's in comparison, the best bits of my time served were the bits in Iraq and Afghanistan. I find myself chasing that buzz all the time but nothing really compares. So after much debate I've decided to have a look at what I would be eligible to apply for, the TA really doesn't float my boat, I'm looking for the next challenge so officer training it is as I was offered a corps commission to stay in the Marines when I left. Whilst I was in the Marines I trained at S.E.M.E to be a Vehicle Mechanic, so have the City and Guilds Apprenticeship in electrical and mechanical engineering along with all the licences up to C+E, if that has any influence on things and if I would be better off applying to the likes of REME then that's fine. Thing is I'm 29 now and have been out of the Marines for 4 years this September. When looking at applications do the Forces take into consideration past service? Many thanks in advance for any replies submitted.