What are the actuall prospects for a soldier starting at private? There are loads of WO2's etc who have been in and served up untill their 22nd year, but then there are others who are in their 11th/12th years and are Major's - even though they've all started off as privates.. What is the earliest you can receive a commision? And what is the earliest you can become a WO2.. talking in years. Sorry if this sounds rediculous but I'm really confused. Cheers in advance for any decent replies!