Hey all, First post on the website so be gentle and sorry for the monolog In 2008 I applied to join the Army Legal Service and was informed in early 2009 that due to the large number of highly experienced applicants, presumably due to the recession, I was not to be selected for interview. Whilst I appreciated that there was bound to be more experienced applicants, having myself only qualified as a Solicitor in April 2009, I expressed my commitment to join was more than a mere way to obtain job security in these hard times and therefore applied for a regular commission which was processed. It was not however, until 3 weeks before I was scheduled to attend the AOSB brief in Westbury that my Doctor confirmed that I had in fact torn my Anterior Cruciate Ligament ("ACL"). I was not to be deterred however and attended the Brief in September 2009, where I obtained a Category 1 with my torn ACL. Unfortunately, however I was to be told for the second time that I could not serve my country since I could not hope to pass the medical at the AOSB Main Board and any ACL reconstruction surgery carried with it a an 18 month ban for entry. I had the operation in October 2009. My commitment did not falter and I decided that since lower ranks allow for a higher age limit I would join the Royal marines as a Private since they represented the greatest challenge and professionalism I could see (along with the Para's). This decision was made, somewhat naively, in the belief that both Army and Navy had similar medical entry requirements (18 months due to my ACL). This is not the case of course and despite passing the written test I was informed that Navy policy was ACL reconstruction resulted in a complete ban from entry. I have recently spoke to a RAF recruiter also concerning the RAF regiment which has the fantastic age limit of 36 for officer entry, but again my knee injury was a show stopper, much to the disappointment of the recruiter I may add who was very keen to have me join. I have four options; 1) Join as a private soldier next year at the age of 29. 2) Attempt to join the ALS again despite having a horrific gap of 10 months due to unemployment/redundancy. 3) Emigrate and join the ADF or NZDF. 4) GIVE UP! If anyone has bothered to read the above I would appreciate your input, advice, tips..... well anything!!