Hello, I've been a lurker on this board for a few weeks as I'm thinking of trying for a commission after I graduate in about 18 months. Unfortunatly my University doesn't have a UOTC and so I wonder if some of the members here could answer a few questions. I met the ULO in Worcester during the summer and he gave me a basic idea of army life but I can't help feeling that it was rather tinged with the "party line". Here are my questions: 1] The ULO suggested that I consider the cavalry, however I'm not ex public school, I don't have a private income and I don't like London or red corduroy jeans. I get the impression from this board that these factors may not fit in. Is this the case? 2] Which regiments/corps would be the best to consider applying to, given the above? 3] Can you really make a good living without private means, can you cover your costs? While browsing I stumbled across a military tailors and worked out that it would on average cost at least £2500 for service dress and mess kit plus trimmings, before even thinking about No 1 dress. The ULO mentioned a uniform allowance but I read that this is only about £1500. Which uniforms would I need to buy and can it be covered from pay. 4] Can English officers serve in Scots/Welsh/Irish regiments effectively without nationalistic tensions causing grief? I may have supplementary questions later but that will do for now. Any help that you can provide would be useful.