Right guys - a little background on me. I'm nearly 17, never got on at school. I could do the work, but the environment itself used to frustrate me. To cut a long story short - I came out of education with *nothing*. Applied for the army at 15 and 7 months, then cancelled it after a bit of family trauma. I managed to get on an Electronics and Electrical Engineering course by impressing college staff with projects I had made myself, and my own hobbies. This wasn't for me, and I felt I wanted to dabble with computers. I ended up getting a job using the same technique as above - as a hardware technician. Done a certification course, but my work wouldn't allow me to sit the exam till I worked there for a set amount of time. I grew bored of seeing the same people, moan about their 20 years sitting at the same desks and ordering the same parts day in, day out. I grew bored of seeing countless suits on the train to work, and each one of them holding themselves up with an importance that they felt a shirt and tie gave them. (Apologies to any city workers!) I've left work as they took a dim view of me applying for the army. Now I'm sure I want the army. I might have left school without any certificates to my name - but despite that, I LOVE LEARNING. I did an Arabic course at the local adult education center, as I was bored with my evenings - and not happy pissing them away. I taught myself stuff about electronics and produced my own projects. I taught myself how to programme in different languages, how to take a computer to bits... I am a geek. Despite my technical hobbies and talents, I want to be a soldier though. I want a thrill. I want to see the world from the front. I want to make a real difference. I want to be a Infantryman. I understand that this isn't going to be the *best* decision for my CV (apologies to any infantrymen! I'm just comparing it to the likes of a REME/RE/RAMC bod), I do however see that this will prove discipline and many more important qualities than any certificate can. Whilst I am serving though, I would like to complete a OU Degree - this I feel would allow me to develop both my qualifications and my life experience. Leading me to have something when I come out - that most civilians would be hard pushed to match. Now, I've read the Army website - I've read the OU forces website. Unofficially/Off-the-record/Realistically; how likely would I be to succeed studying in such a way in the army? Would exercises/operational commitments/drinking sessions make it hard for such a commitment?