long time lurker, first thread so be gentle (ish).. I have just landed an apprenticeship (boilermaker) with a good mob - not an easy feat in todays climate - as intend entering the army with something behind me. however, i am concerned that by the time i am qual'ed up (approx 3 years) operations in the afghan may be of a lower intensity or wound up completely - due to this "surge" and all that is coming. it has always been an overriding ambition of my to deploy on operations as an infantryman - moreso than anything else. seeing as though a lot of you are obviously more "in the know" that civ. folk like myself, should i get a get into the AFCO asap or am i "safe" in seeing out my apprenticeship? thanks in advance for any input. p.s i tried to keep it short - doesn't seem ive succeeded haha.