I can't seem to get a straight answer from anyone on this - my ACAO is somewhat evasive on the subject, but otherwise very informative, and there dosent seem to be anything about it in the "Sticky Threads" in the forum, so here goes. The number of places that a regiment gets to allocate to newly commissioned officers runs with the financial year, correct? For example, if a single batallion infantry regiment gets, say, 9 places to allocate a year, it gets them in April, so the full allocation is available for the intake at Sandhurst which passes out in spring (ie the previous years May intake). Therefore, assuming that the regiment allocates 3 places per intake, the September and January courses each have 3 places available for prospective officers. Which is great, however I have my doubts that it works this way in practice. Now, assuming the pre RMAS fam visit process is ticking over nicely, regiments will have a fairly good idea of who will be leaving RMAS when, and can plan their allocation accordingly. However, if someone turns up to Sandhurst, and is an absolute legend, then the regiment or corps would be silly not to take him even if he had not been "on their books" before then. This would have the effect, (assuming that the "planned for" 3 places wew already filled) of reducing the number of places available for subsequent intakes in that financial year. This seems to be a good way to do it, as there is no way of knowing whether or not the guys who turn up in the January intake will turn out to be a bunch of throbbers or not, leaving the regiment having to fill a space with a candidate they might not have taken at another time. Obviously, the answer to all of this is to be a stellar candidate, so that your regiment of choice cant wait to get their hands on you, but all other things being equal, is it more likely that you will be able to go to the regiment of choice if you rock up in May, rather than January? Thanks in advance for all your constructive advice.