Hello everybody My predicament is this; I am 14, currently in the ACF. I want to go in to the Army. Specifically the Parachute Regiment. Either as an officer or soldier. I've spoken to many people. One of them, a Canadian reservist/Science teacher says I am too intelligent for the Army and I am wasting my potential. Naturally I disagreed with him, but I didn't object outright. The other person I spoke to was my detachment commander, Captain Johnson from the Royal Corps of Signals 31. He has given me tips regarding being an officer etc. Though I rather not share this piece of information, my true aspiration is the SAS. Though I don't know if I want to go in as an officer or soldier. As officers tend to be selected by the Regiment, not opted in as the case is for soldiers. (Please don't rant) I have considered my decision for over a year now. I am also considering whether to still carry on with my aspiration of a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial if I'm going in as a soldier. After all, what need do I of a piece of paper when I have a rifle as my qualification (My attempt at humour). Further information about me: 14 y.o, Indo-British (Mother and father are both Indian but I was born in the UK) GCSE predictions to be A and A* in the sciences but As and Bs in other subjects. I'm in the Alpha stream (Best) for all my subjects (We did our Options early, we were also given the choice of early GCSEs) I'm a fitness fanatic. I'm also a cadet in the ACF because I want to go Army. Aspirations: A Levels, University, Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial Want to prove to myself that that being Indian is not a disadvantage when it comes to athletic ability. I want to see combat (I know am ignorant and young when it comes to contacts) I have read Andy McNab and other somewhat "credible" authors. SAS. Then I'll leave the Regiment and go British Intelligence or the Circuit. Thanks for reading this far.