Good morning all, Firstly I'd like to echo all those that have gone before in saying I'm grateful for all of the great insights I've gained from this forum - had many Qs answered without even asking and plenty of knowledge gaps filled! I'm 23 y/o from south east England and a Criminology graduate from Pompey Uni. After reading a few of the previous intro threads to get some inspiration, I too will try give a brief overview of who/what/why/how. My father was RM in the late 80s and my mother served in the RN too. In my early teens, ever since I began to understood what it meant to be a RM, the ambition was firmly set. I firmly considered joining the RMR during sixth form, but my nearest unit was not a viable distance to be travelling too on a weekly basis whilst also studying for A Levels - decided against it over fear of impact on my performance at school.. but my incapacity to smash exams ensured I still did distinctly average! I took a year out, did some solo travelling at 18, came back refreshed and hit the ground running at uni - upon leaving school I knew I'd eventually be applying for the RM, but in all honesty wanted to live the uni experience too, and knew 1) it would allow me to live independently first and mature further 2) get a degree which would set me in good stead in later life if and when needed - as I've seen many times on here, lads worrying about when to apply and if it's too early etc. - I personally knew I'd always be applying, so first take the opportunity now to go and study in field that interested me, play a load of sport, party hard, come out with an expensive piece of paper and some quality memories I will laugh about forever. Certainly not pushing uni as a silver bullet, as I was never set on going - but as soon as I found a degree that definitely interested me, it made sense. After graduating I put in my application for RM officer. Again, I could've joined the RMR whilst at uni but I was playing so much sport and everything in between that I just wanted to join (the regulars) when I could invest all my time, energy and focus into training. Why Officer? I gen didn't consider this option until about mid-way through uni. It was only when one of my dad's old friends mentioned it too me that I began looking into it. Don't want to bore you with interview prep but simply put, as I've got older, many situations I've been involved in have enabled me to build up experience and potential. After others complimented my abilities, felt I'd be doing disservice to myself if I didn't try. Put in my application in late July, had an initial careers discussion in late August, didn't pass Medical until mid-Feb (had a nightmare retrieving medical notes, failed hearing test first time round, then had to do a 12 week exercise diary to prove an old hip injury wasn't affecting me), passed PJFT in March, passed SIFT interview late April, and now waiting for a date for virtual AIB. Been told 'super' POCs will be done asap as soon as restrictions are eased. Any questions about my personal experiences or application, please don't hesitate to ask.