Perhaps an odd question but I am seriously considering joining up (still undecided as to Regular or TA) and wanted to ask if it would be better to join as a Soldier and work up or, as I have the required qualifications, apply for Officer straight out. I am mulling it all over and reading through all of the leaflets and booklets the recruitment office gave me and, in all honesty, am tempted to tick the boxes for both options on the interest form. On the one hand I can see that it may be beneficial to work up to Officer (and beyond) gaining experience on the way. Then I can also see that you get training if you go straight in. But is this as good as the experience gained along the way as a Soldier? I'm open to suggestions so, please, if you can shed any light I'd really appreciate it. Many thanks!