As everyone on here knows, the only way into the Army (support roles/proffessionals aside) is to join up as either a squaddie or an officer. I'm interested in people who are/want to be officers: if you hadn't got that Cat 1/2 at Mainboard, would you/did you attempt to join the ranks...or done something else? More generally, do people think that it displays the wrong attitude to say 'I'll only go in as an Officer'? It could be argued that the application process is all about saying how much you love the Army and want the military life...is it a bit hypocritical to walk away from that? Being a squaddie is afterall the main other way to experience military life (though of course, the role is different from that of an officer.) On the other hand, is all of the above rubbish, is it natural that people will look at the pay and conditions and those a job that pays the best, and choose a path that is more lucrative/prestigous etc? Very interested to get everyone's take on this...I'm not sure what to think one way or the other. Also, how common is it for people who join up as a squaddie to go through the ranks and commission? I mean, I know it's possible *in theory* but how much does it actually happen? Is it a realistic route through for say a 22 year old graduate to go? Edit: Not to imply that people who do fail Officer selection would necessarily get in as a squaddie.