Following a chat with my boss I've been left with a question I have no experience to answer; that is what are the negative sides to being an officer over an NCO? I've read lots of "yes its fantastic go and do it once you have life experience" etc. but I've seen no balance to the argument, other than the standard "officer/NCO comparison" threads which do not quite fit the bill. I can think of "easy" answers from observation: increased hours, constant job moves or the possibility of being left behind at captain or major by potential peers? There is also the risk of being dropped at year 8 and not getting the full pension after all. Does anyone else have a view on the negatives of commissioning, or ultimately, being an officer?