I have a couple of questions to ask, the first and most important of which involve parents. I apologise in advance for spelling mistakes and the like, it's taken a bit of Dutch courage to sign up and ask, haha. I actually signed up before but didn't post because I was anxious, my username was Daniel. As you can see, I'm a creative person. Ha. Anyway, I just registered after half a bottle of Grant's. I'm 17 years old and want to join the Army, but my single (recently) mother tells me that she'll disown me if I do. I want to join as an officer, and I've read enough arrsepedia to realise that the squaddies will look down on me. (I actually want to be a squaddie, but this applies to my second question, which I'll post shortly in the appropriate forum) I'd appreciate it if you, the general ARRSE community, could give me a few arguments to persuade my mother that the Army is a decent profession, which is less dangerous than she thinks. She's a welfare benefits adviser (which means she's smart), but doesn't work for a CAB, but she came from a working class background, if that helps. (Her dad was a taxi driver, her mum was a stay-at-home-Irish ((That makes me 1/4th Irish)) if that helps. Also, she works side by side with Guardian reading solicitors who influence her opinion. Yeah.) (Oh, addendum, I wanted to join as a bootie, but I doubt I'd make the PJFT right now, so it is Army only. She thinks the Army is for failures and suicidals.) Anyway, tl;dr I'm asking for things to say to my parents as to why I want to join the Army. Help is greatly appreciated, even though I have a good few years (degree) before I join.