Im in my first year of sixth form at the moment and have been planning to join the Army as an officer when I finish my A levels. However, I am only half a term in and already I am extremely unhappy with being in sixth form and i'm concerned that after half a year I may be depressed. I am considering joining as a regular soldier, however everyone, including my dad who was a soldier in the REME, is telling me to join as an officer as it is a much better route and career. I feel like this is expected of me though as I did get very good GCSE's (A's and B's) and theoretically should be fully capable of completing my A levels. I would be more convinced to join now as well if I was going to get a trade but I am only interested in joining an infantry regiment (Parachute Regiment preferably). I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me or was in the same situation. By the way I have attended the Parachute Regiment insight course and got the following results: 1.5 mile: 8:15 mins Press-ups: 65 Sit-ups: 83 Pull-ups: 4 (trying to improve) Bleep Test: 13 Log Run: Completed So as for my fitness I know I am not far off. The Para told me in my interview that I am ready to join but I still want to get nearer to peak physical fitness.