Hi there Lads, I'm Conor. I applied for the Royal Marines back in the beginning of 2011 when I was only 16, and was massively eager to start training asap, and had passed the psychometric test when my application came to a standstill because I was about 7kg underweight even after packing on about 2 stone trying to bulk up. I decided after about a year or so that it would be a wise move to go to uni first as it would give me more career paths in the long run, both inside and outside of the corps, and it would give me something to fall back on in case I was deemed medically unfit during the course of training etc etc. I'm now 19 and have just completed my first year of uni. Still as eager as anything to join, which I am very pleased about as I thought my desire could have dissolved away whilst being at uni. I will be reapplying about midway through my third year, so about a year and a half's time, by which time, I will hopefully be more than fit enough to start the application process, meaning by the time I graduate, I will be ready to start training. I believe I am still at least 5kg underweight (I'm quite a petite lad, about 5'8, with a metabolism faster than you can imagine) and in need to gain weight so I need to start a meal plan allowing me to gain weight on a student' budget whilst training at the same time, so any advice you could give me on that would be greatly appreciated. I realise eat eat eat is the name of the game. Also, taking into consideration that I will have a degree by the time I will start training (hopefully), I am unsure whether to join as an officer or not. My original plan was not to join as an officer, but seeing as that I will have the opportunity to, I am now considering it. I understand that the training is twice as long and the pay is better which is an obvious plus, but money is the furthest reason I can think of as to why I want to join. The decision is obviously mine at the end of the day, but if you could give me positives and negatives to each, then it might make my decision a bit easier. That just about sums that up, any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated! EDITED: The main purpose of this post was to ask for advice to gain weight as I have a very fast metabolism, and on a student's budget. Thanks, Conor.