Good afternoon lads, I just wanted to post this up here to see if anyone has or currently is in my position. I hope this doesnt seem daft or has me made out to be an ungrateful cnut but I'll try and explain the best I can and hope from some advice from peeps on here. I want to join the British Army, ever since I've came back from my Insight Course its been the only thing on my ******* mind, joining up as a soldier in the Infantry. My parents are against it, they want me to finish school and go to some form of 3rd level education, I'm not happy with this and I dont even feel like finishing my Leaving Cert (Rep. of Ireland equivalent to A-Levels). I even sat my ma' and step-da' down and showed them the brochure I got from the Army, the stuff I printed out on AFC Harrogate as I really wanted to go there back 2 months ago, but I was shot down and ridiculed and made out to be an idiot for even suggesting it. By this point I've known that my family are against it, even as far as my step-da' to say that it was the worst decision he ever made letting me go to the Insight Course a couple of months back. So, after thinking long and hard these last few weeks I've came up with the idea that I'm going to leave school next year, the second last year before exams. I will be turning 18 on that date in 2012, my school usually breaks 25th May and my birthday is the 29th. Now, I'm going to try and keep this hidden from my parents, and I dont wanna be waiting around in my house till/if I make it through medicals/ADSC and the like so I'm wondering am I able to go to the careers office and sign up and get a date for interviews/medicals/ADSC's and everything that goes with it before I turn 18, or will I have to wait till I'm 18 and apply over the summer? eg - Will I be able to apply to the army and book dates when I'm 17.5+ months, or will I have to wait till I'm 18? If I apply when I'm 18 years of age, how long could I be waiting for a slot for my training to begin? As I'm sure that if I left school and applied my parents would kick me out of the house. A little bit more info: I run 5 times a week, usually 2milers and my current (terrible) run time is 11:34 (best effort) which I'm trying to get down as I want to go Para's. -Sincerely and thank you ARRSE for any replys!