Hi lads, Just thought i would introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my current situation qnd how *text deleted** ended up applying for the paras ( yes the paras!) i know this will be fairly controversal being on a RM forum but this website has been incredibly helpfull to me both, when i was applying for RM and now app,ying for paras. Athough being a different service the principals of basic fitness is very similar with both paras and RM and i am constantly on here looking for new and interesting ways to train. I cancelled my app for RM in july due to one being a conviction for driving with no insurance when i was 18 and was told i had to apply for a waiver and for that to be accepted. Another was at my medical i told my examiner i had asthma as a child from when i was 3-6years old to which it dissapeared and i have never had any problems with it. I got put onto the peak flow diary (which im sure alot of you have experienced!!) and had to give my doc a letter to fill out regarding the asthma. Anyway, my doc filled it out and i found out i was administerwd oral steroids for the asthma, this sounded fairly serious however my doc explained that it was only administered to rule out the fact that i still had the asthma and was just a TRIAL! Obviously this sounded alarm bells to the medical examiner and said i would be defered to portsmouth and the turn around time would be around 6-8 months and even after that there was no guarantee that i would be passed. So applying for a waiver which would take 4-5 months,(and was told it would be a 50-50 chance of being accepeted), defering my medical (another 6 months) and then going through the rest of the app (probably another year from medical to RT) i decided i financially could not afford to. Wait the best part of 2 years and still not be accepted. Alot of people are probably thinking" well if you want it enough you will wait". And i do agree with this if you have just left school and can just go to college or something however i have just graduated from a strength and conditiong degree and need to seriously start a career. However, i am just as happy to be applying for paras and am extremely excited about the challeng ahead!!! Repsect to all you lads wanting a career in an elite force. Sorry about the absoloute MASSIVE post!