Although the Army has been very helpful in attempting to give me an answer, I’m still not entirely certain. I’ve always wanted to join the Army since I was a child, there was always a feeling I had to become a soldier to see what I’m capable of. However, obviously, as I got older it became much more complicated than a five year old could understand. I want to join the Army as a Junior Soldier and attend AFC Harrogate (I’m 16) but the benefits of being an Officer are good, I believe I have the academic ability to become one but I want to experience the Army from the bottom and work and earn my place. I fear I’ll not make ‘leader material’ at least not from the age of 18. It makes sense that experience outweighs qualifications. I’ve been told that if you excel in your Soldier selection and basic training - both physically and academically, you could be recommended for an Officer commission to Sandhurst and receive training. However, do you need the qualifications (A levels/degree etc) to be a candidate or just need to performe extremely well to be recommended?