Alright lads, Just to warn you all before you invest your time in reading my squabble – this is a typical newbie-question on joining the Royal Marines or the Royal Navy. I have, however, been trawling these forums for years now, finding the answers to most of my questions (making this the first time I have posted) – so first of all thank you for your contributions and second, if you’re able to point me to a similar thread then please do so. All I’m looking for here is some general advice from some guys who understand the environment I’m looking in to, and possibly who’ve been through the same, as I don’t have anyone in my life who I can look to in order to do so. Basically, I’ve been after a career in the forces for years now. Rather than waffle on, I’ll give you the shorthand of my journey thus far (which is one that appears to be rather typical in these types of questions in these forums – but I digress); - Initially, I was going to apply to join at 16 as a Potential Royal Marines Commando, but after being told ‘don’t bother applying as a Commando – always go for Officer’ I decided to broaden the options available to me and do my A-levels. - Upon completion of my A-levels I went to apply again, but was informed I didn’t have enough ‘life experience’, and so went on to University. - I hated university, and after a year in industry (working within a law firm) I found I hated the 9-5 life even more. - Went to begin my application process but got told I wasn’t ‘big enough’ to be a potential Royal Marines Officer (I’m 5’8 and was 65kgs at the time) – which I can understand, as they are some big boys, but mind over matter, right? - After half-heartedly handing me some leaflets on the Royal Marines, my local AFCO pushed me into completing my Degree (to which I am grateful) and thinking about applying for the role as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy instead - stating ‘I’d have more of a chance there’ - Went in to start my application process early for the role as a Warfare Officer and was told I didn’t have A-levels that were of the desirable calibre to apply – resulting in a withdrawal of my application (even after pointing out that if I was studying a degree, would this not ‘cancel out’ my A-levels?) - Currently re-sitting my A-levels upon the advice of my local AFCO in order to bump these up to the necessary standard (despite the fact I now have said degree) As I now come to the close of my exams, I have begun to ponder the thought of my chosen career path in the forces. Do I really want to settle for something different than what I set my mind to? Warfare Officer is a fantastic role with amazing opportunities available, but whenever I think about it, my mind falls on the ‘what if?’ element... I guess, apart from the use of this post in order to ease my mind-set and put my thoughts on paper (or screen...), my question to you all is this; I have long set my mind on being a potential Royal Marine Officer, but after being pushed back twice now and being told I am ‘too small’, I begin to wonder if I am just kidding myself and wasting my time doing so. Would ‘settling’ for another role in the Royal Navy be a waste of time? I wouldn’t complain with the role as Warfare Officer, I’d still get travel, management training and the possibility of commanding a ship one day – but I think I’d regret it. On the other hand, however, being scoffed at in the AFCO due to my career desires and physical build doesn’t fill me with a whole lot of confidence should I choose to apply for the role as Officer! (I must point out – yes, I was physically fit enough, and for some reason it was much to the disappointment of the gentleman in the AFCO) Overall, I’d just like some man-to-man (or woman-to-man, I won’t be sexist!) advice on what to do in my situation here. Are those in the know exactly that - in the know and right about me considering a different career in the forces? Or should I sod them all and go for it anyway? Would I even be allowed to? Thanks for taking the time to answer here, guys. I’ll take all the sarcastic comments on the forum for one comment of honest advice – as a young guy I just need some help with those that have life experience, and as I say I don’t have the option of acquiring that at my disposal. Thank you in advance, I appreciate it.