Okay, I'm currently 21 and in my first year of university, looking to enlist after I graduate. The army is basically what I've wanted to do for a long time, and I pretty much started university in order to become eligible for officer entry (I have no A-levels) and to give myself three years to get into physical shape also. However, I'm becoming increasingly unsure as to whether I want to enlist as an officer or a soldier; and one thing that weighs heavily on my mind is that surely I'd be wasting three years of studying if I didn't at least apply for officer entry? There is also what I can only describe as a "social" concern (which don't seem to be talked about an awful lot in this forum; it seems more geared towards technical questions regarding the application process so apologies if this is somehow off-topic): - People joining "in the ranks" seem to thrive on a vibrant camaraderie, esprit du corps, call it what you will, based around good humour and heavy drinking... whereas I've not really heard of an officer-equivalent; it seems detached from all that. Now, obviously we join up for varying reasons and "a lovely social life" isn't one of them, but at the same time, devoting as many years to a pursuit devoid of one is distressing? I've possibly written too much. Anyhow, all constructive advice is welcomed; I'm basically trying to weigh up the pros/cons of officer vs soldier entry... despite the terrible lack of eloquence of the above.