Hello, I graduated a number of years ago from New College, Oxford and shall soon receive my doctorates from Imperial. I thought I would follow academia, however I have become somewhat disillusioned with the lifestyle, prospects, pandering and spending the majority of my day in obscure texts is less satisfying than it once was. I find myself in somewhat of a dilemma being the ripe age of 28, which I was led to believe was young but contact with the armed forces has convinced me otherwise. I would like to be a Warfare Officer, and would not for moment consider giving up academia for logistics Having started an application to be a Warfare Specialist, I have only the fitness to pass, which should be a formality. I have read and been told that those with sufficient attitude and aptitude one can be commissioned, now for a young lad of 16 joining as a rating and proving himself over a number of year I have no doubts that this is correct, but would an old Oxford blue be given the same chance? I have no doubts over my ability to lead and have rowed at junior level for England and for both my Universities and looking at the Navy times, could contribute greatly to the rowing team. As a rating I would be under illusions of my role and duties and would as I believe in everything in my adult life, I would approach with a desire to perform as well as was within my ability, but what are my realistic hopes of gaining a commission and within what time frame, straight answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.