Hello, I've just started my application for the forces after much deliberation and going to a recruitment office yesterday, which if I'm honest didn't paint a good picture it went mostly like this: Here's how enlistment works from now through to selection and the April-April rotation waiting after selection for a position to open. I get the feeling the fellow didn't know much about the RE so I'm here to get some more information before picking my roles for online application (why is everything online these days?) Some details about myself: Lowest real important grade was a D in maths. Have 4 A-levels in IT at grade Pass. Going into my final year of a Sound Engineering Degree (I was told this could balance out my D in Maths and open up Officer if I wished) Was a Roadie/Local Crew for concerts and theatre during collage and early Uni, now working as a Sound Engineer, stage crew and teaching people the job as part of my degree. So if you're not to bothered I'd like to ask a few questions: What is the best way of getting fit for it? I've tried finding in-depth requirements I saw one once that had all areas (infantry-Paras-engineers,etc) but can't find it again What are the major differences between a Officer and Soldier in the RE other than one is trained to lead in a different capacity? How does your trade dictate where you are on the field? I read somewhere that if you went Plant your more likely to be at the back but how does this work for other trades as I'd like to see more of the Combat Engineer role but it seems I need to apply directly for a trade instead of a position. (I have general experience as a Brickie, Sparky, Plumber & Plastering/Decorating.) How much can you affect/influence where you go? I have a large interest in going with the 23rd attached to the 16th (any details on how they work together would be great), but I'm quite open about it at the moment. What other 'courses' can you do along with trade training? Like HGV,etc and can you do them without going for the required job, such as HGV without being a driver. Thanks guys, I apologise for it being a bit of a read but any information and advice would be greatly appreciated as I said didn't get much of a chance with the fella from the recruitment office just fobbed me off to some online application and it's all about research.