I feel very disheartened after reading this 800 surplus Army officers costing defence £85 million - Telegraph I failed Main Board last year. I intended to get my arrse in gear, buckle up, fix my weaknesses and give it a second shot after doing a degree. I'm begining to question whether this is a worthwhile pursuit given that this must truly be the worst possible time to try and become an Army officer, in decades if not centuries. They don't want Army officers anymore, and Westbury is literally swamped with applications. This means the Army has raised the bar, the goalposts have shifted. I know this isn't official, but it's logic. The army now has a much wider recruitment base to select from, and fewer projected placements for Sandhurst cadets. When I went to MB, I found tens of candidates who had a tepid interest in becoming an army officer, but they were very well educated, 'City' types that turned to the army in the great financial services exodus. What chance does an ordinary graduate have, who has failed once, faced with such stiff competition. In years gone by perhaps 'my type' had a good shot of making a career out of this, learning from my mistakes and going back bigger and better. But I feel with the coming cuts, the increasing competition, I don't stand a chance. Anyone got any angle on this?