Hello Arrse, I left the army at the end of my short service commission after an average performance in an infantry battalion. During my service I appreciated that I would have enjoyed my time more as a private soldier and most likely done better as an NCO than a middle of the road officer. What are the rules on Officers rejoining amongst the ranks, Im not aware of it having been done before. I presume a change of Arm is a necessity, but if one were to join the Royal Marines would any record of previous service be carried over as I presume my service number would reappear when my details are typed into JPA. Thankyou for all sensible advice. Ponder.