Joining the Army has always been what i wanted to do and was my dream since i was about 12 years old. I did and still do want to however, for reasons i will not go into detail (Illness) here i had to leave my sixth form without completing my A Levels, thus i only have AS Levels. After recovering i got a full time job and progressed to managment level in Waitrose but the Army has always been at the back of my mind. I have made the decision to fully pursue this path down the soldier route as i cannot apply as an officer. Could anyone answer a few questions i have before my meeting at the career center from experience and honestly? If i join as a soldier what is the process for potential officer development? Is there a time serving limit or could i approach my CO immediatly after completing phase 1 and phase 2 training about pursuing that career path? Waitrose is a very career orientated business with lots of personal development assesments and very focused on bettering yourself and moving onwards and upwards with lots of development opportunities; for someone such as myself who is very career orientated would i get frustrated y just being a soldier or are there everyday opportunities to prove yourself to your NCOs and platoon commanders? Sorry for the convulted questions! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Oh and i come from a military family only last serving family member was 20 years ago so they are a bit out of the loop now!