I have recently graduated from university with a 2:1 degree in history and am at something of a crossroads in my life. All I know is that I want an active job and from extensively searching for the right career have decided that a career in the forces is the only way forward for me. I have been looking at becoming a Royal Marines officer or a mine clearance diver. The mine clearance diver job I find particularly interesting, but am I right in saying that I cannot join as an officer? Would I have to join as a warfare officer and then take the risk of specialising? If so what are the chances of getting on my chosen career path? It seems a risky move considering I have no interest in any of the other jobs of a warfare officer. I am loathed to join as a rating simply because it feels that the last three years of university and all the money spent would seem a huge waste. I could have joined a while back and be earning and promoted over the last three years. If I did join as a rating would it be noted that I had a degree and was looking for a commission? How long would it be before I had a chance to do AIB? Sorry for all the questions, I just find it a shame that the MCD career does not have its own officer route because it is so different to any other job specification covered as a warfare officer. If the risk really is this high I will get down to the AFCO and begin my Royal Marines application. One more thing about MCD though. If/When someone qualifies as an MCD, how can he specialise? Thanks, I don't need all the questions answered thoroughly, it's just a bag of ideas really. I really want to make the right step in choosing a potentially life career!