Hi all. Iâm 16, British, Muslim and interested in going for a commission as an officer in either the Army or RAF. I am born British, and even though Iâm of Pakistani heritage, Great Britain is my home, I love it and I know nothing else. I see no conflict between following my religion and wanting to defend my country and am embarrassed and hurt by the extremists that think otherwise. My parents are supportive and say I will have an advantage, as the Forces need more people from varying ethnicities. I have been enrolled in the Air Training Corps, the youth division of the RAF for 3 years or so now and am a Corporal. I have enjoyed my time in the Corps immensely and have had plenty of exposure to the forces, having spent several weeks at a time at many RAF Stations and Training Camps as well as having done the Nijmegen 4 Day marches, flying the flag with the rest of the British Military Contingent. I have wanted to sign up to the RAF as a pilot since I was seven, but recently I started doubting if Iâm academic enough and have started looking at the RAF Regiment, the Paraâs, the Rifles and other infantry careers. While I know the vast majority of service personnel are open minded and unprejudiced, I have heard stories of racism in the military, and although it was minor, I have had a couple minor racial slurs directed at me. One instance was at Saint Martins Plains training area in Folkestone, I was carrying the colours when a passerby asked, âA paki with a flag, is this what the countries social services have come to?â However I know I want to serve, and I think I could be a decent asset to the forces. I speak their lingo, know their culture and understand their way of life. But as I want to be an officer, I am a little bit wary of racism within ranks. If anyone has any advice as to what I should be aware of, what is acceptable or not, or even which service I should consider or avoid joining and why, I would be grateful. Thanks.