Alright lads, I've been reading this site non-stop for the past week and got some great info. Cheers! Any advice you could give me would be great, though I am sorry if these questions have been repeated again and again. Basically, I have a full time job, 9-5, stuck behind a desk, watching the clock all day. It's KILLING me. The boss is leaving at the end of the year, he has high hopes for me in the company, within the the year I could be "2nd in command", the new bosses right-hand man. But, I hate the job and I hate the nature of the work. I gave this job a chance because it is a great opportunity and is already a decent wage. But **** it, joining the army (the para reg moreso) has always been an ambition. So I've decided to go for it. The problems are: - I'm signed up (rent wise) to my house until October. (how quick is the process of joining and being sent to basic?) - The boss would need to know ASAP to find a replacement for me (get someone as highly trained as I am), if I tell him now I think he'll get rid of me (which I couldn't afford because of my rent/bills etc) - I'm thinking of getting a full medical by my doc before I go to the army. I'd hate for some unknown illness of mine to take me out of training. Is this a good idea? - What can I take part in pre-basic while still working at my office job? i.e. Am I right in saying I can take a med-exam, fitness test and BARB test before any commitment is made? - I had asthma, though I have been "clear" for four years this month. I'm convinced I was misdiagnosed, I've played ruggers, footy, did kickboxing my whole life. Hell, I went and ran a sports summer scheme in Romania in 40 degree heat for 3 weeks and I was fine! This shouldn't cause any real problems, should it? Also, the reason for this post is because I think that everyone will be against my decision (throwing away a great career, great money and great potential), so I think I'm looking for some reassurance from you fine folk too! In addition to this post, I'll be asking on the official site, but I wanted opinions from less biased people. Thanks guys and sorry for the long post!