Basically, I am looking for the opinion of ex or already serving personel. Joining the Army has been something I have wanted to do for years now, I have passed all soldier selection stages with an A grade, unfortunatley my job choice (avionics / aircraft tech) seems to be one of the trades with no spaces, none before the new intakes are released in April anyway. This has meant it has been almost a year since I took my first steps in the careers office. However this has not always bothered me up until recently. Quite a few of my mates are currently at uni, having just started in September and they seem to be having such a good time (socially) without cares, or anything other than lectures to worry about. Up until recently I had always told myself that being in the Army, I would be 'one upping' them, as I would (eventually) get my weekends off, and would have the cash to visit them and socialize, although now I have realised that is completely different to actually living the uni experience. Because my main goal in life (after I have served in the army, got myself fitter, traveled and gained more qualifications) is to become a personal trainer. I have considered doing this through the army, but more recently looked into doing a personal trainer course at uni for 2 years. My main question for people that may have similar experiences, or be able to input is. Should I decide uni is the best way to get my P.T qualification, would it be best to go this september, while i'll still be only 19, live the social life for 2 years, get my qualification, put it to one side, and then start my application for the Army again? Or, join up first, serve as long as I see best for me (after the first 4 years obviously) then look into getting the P.T qualification, risking having to maybe attend uni at 25/26 years old as a minimum age?