Evening all, It's been roughly a year since my last post. In that time, I've completed my BA and am now studying for an MA finishing in September. At the moment, I am with the TA, and have been so since the end of 2007. I plan on going down the regular Officer route to an infantry regiment (first choice being the Gurkhas, then the 2nd choice being the regular battalions of my current regiment). Now here's the bit I'd like a wider consensus from anyone currently serving in the regulars. I'm considering deploying for Herrick 16 (Mobilise November 2011, out in theatre for Summer 2012. Back November(?)). Would any serving personnel recommend this course of action? This would mean I would be 23/24 by the time I start Sandhurst in Jan 2013/ May 2013 respectively (depending when we demobilise). I figured this would make me a strong candidate over other recruits to get in my chosen infantry regiment, with an MA and operational experience as a Private. Can anyone see a weakness/es in this from their perspective or the perspective of the Regimental selection Officer? Or, is it better to go for the Jan 2012/May 2012 entry and be 22, but without operational experience?