I am going to leave University in June with a (hopefully) 2:1 BA degree in History and Politics. I am currently giving considerable contemplation to joining the army. I hear people who possess higher education qualifications customarily join as an officer. However this does not really interest me. If I am honest with myself I really do not see myself as possessing the required qualities to lead a troop of soldiers straight away. In fact the life of a soldier appeals to me more, even if the pay and supposed 'status' is lower. My question is then would I be allowed to join as a soldier, or would I be strongly pressured to join as an officer? And to those already serving, how common is it for people with higher education qualifications to actually join up as a soldier?