Hi My brother (ex Army) suggested I posted this question to try and get some sensible advice. My son (13.5) has wanted to join the Army for some time, with Ross Kemp in Afghanistan and the recent program with regards to new recruits to the Commandos on TV he has become more determined. My problem is that I have already lost one son to illness, and with casualty ratios of 1 in 9 I am very anti him joining. I have now realised the more negative I am the more attractive joining up seems to be so I have now said that if, IF, he does join then he is to get decent qualifications behind him so he can learn a trade / skill and not just enter at the most basic level. He has to take his options this month and one of his options he wants to take is PE â (as his friends have told him that this is a basic requirement to enable him to sign up.) Personally I have said it is a wasted subject and he can do sports afterschool to maintain his fitness levels. The services seem to be under paid, under equipped and under manned â do you really feel that it is something that can be recommended to a young person of today? If so what subjects do you feel he ought to take to enable him to have an option as to his career path within the army? Any advice gratefully received.