Hi everyone, I'm an 18yr old who has already applied to the police and have been given my selection date, however I have also applied to the Army (but haven't done the BARB test). Police work has always interested me and I thought that the Met was quite a lucrative job choice; with many different avenues which could take me a long way in life. But upon asking current police officers, it has really changed my view on it (working 7 days on then 2 days off, lower pay and the pension getting worse). The reason I also applied to the Army is because I have recently done my advanced apprenticeship in IT & Telecoms and the Army would be a great place for me to develop my IT skills and qualifications (the job I have in mind is the communication systems engineer role) which would provide me with a great life experience. tl;dr Police work interests me and I could stay in the job for most of my working life, but the job has gotten worse in quality. I have always wanted to join the Army (as it can help develop my current skillset) but the work won't be as thrilling. I don't know which one is the best route, therefore anyone in the army or police please shed some light. Thanks in advance.