Ok so I'm 24 and have had my own plumbing and heating business for 4 years now. However since a young age I have always wanted to join the army, over the past year this urge has been getting stronger so now I'm at the point of defiantly wanting to join. I went to my local army recruitment office hoping to join the Royal Engineers (possibly as a plumber since i have already worked in this trade) The army recruiter told me that i should join as an officer since i have all the qualifications needed i.e. GCSE's and A-levels. I have 3 questions, How long does this process generally take, what are my chances of actually getting in as an officer and would this be the best route for me? (I'm not from an upper class background and am more of a grafter) Also if i were not to get in as an officer is 24 too old to get the most out of joining the army as a private? Not sure i could live in barracks with 5 other lads after having my own house with my girlfriend for so long lol. If anyone can offer any kind of advise that would be great!