I just called the recruitment number and expressed my interest in joining the RFA as a Deck Officer Cadet but I have been tripped up at the first hurdle... my GCSE's have come back to haunt me. My GCSE's do not met the requirements and in the important subjects; I received a B in English Literature, C in English Language, C in Mathematics and DD in Science. Though there is reason for my unimpressive GCSE's as my mother was diagnosed with cancer during my final year and my mind wasn't exactly on the ball at the time due to this and helping to care for her. She went underwent chemo and radiotherapy and was given the all clear, a year and a bit later thank god. As her health improved so did my interest in education and I managed to salvage my A2 year and get a B in History, C in Geography, C in Geology and C in Critical Thinking. I then went onto a good red brick university and got a 2:1 in History and International Relations and I am now just coming to the end of my MA in History and am expecting to get a merit. During this period I also served as a rifleman in the TA for seven years, doing one very hairy tour of Afghanistan in 2009. The nice lady on the phone did provide me with a phone number to query further as to whether a waiver was possible for the education requirements, but question is, does such a waive exist in light of extenuating circumstances and/or achievement at a higher level of education? Does anyone have any experience of my situation and whether it is possible to resolve? Ultimately I'll find out tomorrow but it would be nice to see if such a thing is possible in preparation. I'm dead serious in my intention to join the RFA but the last thing I really want to be doing is resitting my GCSE's to resolve mistakes made 10 years ago as a distracted child? Many thanks for reading and apologies for the long post. Your thoughts are very welcome.