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    Okay, so I am currently at sixth form, studying Maths, Physics, Computer Science and BTEC Engineering. But I am wondering whether or not I should continue with my Education and get a degree, or just join the Armed Forces after sixth form. What would you lot recommend?
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    (Original post by HarryBrown144)
    Okay, so I am currently at sixth form, studying Maths, Physics, Computer Science and BTEC Engineering. But I am wondering whether or not I should continue with my Education and get a degree, or just join the Armed Forces after sixth form. What would you lot recommend?
    That's not really enough information for us to give a meaningful answer. If you've got the aptitude and desire then uni first. Check out the UOTC.
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    (Original post by HarryBrown144)
    Okay, so I am currently at sixth form, studying Maths, Physics, Computer Science and BTEC Engineering. But I am wondering whether or not I should continue with my Education and get a degree, or just join the Armed Forces after sixth form. What would you lot recommend?
    Do university. Always education first. Join the reserves or the UOTC whilst at University, and if you still want to join full time after you graduate, then join.

    University will open up more career paths both in the Armed Forces and when you leave (or if you don't choose to join).
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    Or the UAS or URNU, depending on which branch of the armed forces you're interested in.
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    Personally it depends if you want to put yourself through more education which if you do then great! Go with the answer the guy above said! Otherwise if you're serious about joining the armed forces then you could apply as a Aircraft Technician like myself, earn, work and still walk away with extra but specific job qualifications which is good in the long run to specialise in a trade. Just make sure it's not a whim and you won't back out! So get your fitness going because your main one is 1.5 mile(2.4km) in 11.11 minutes
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    Remember the military will pay for your tuition fees (£30,000) if you serve for 4 years. Regardless of rank. That's a lot of money in anybody's world.

    That said, the opportunities for development at uni will probably make you a better soldier/sailor/airman.

    It's completely upto you.


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    (Original post by Supersaps)
    Remember the military will pay for your tuition fees (£30,000) if you serve for 4 years. Regardless of rank. That's a lot of money in anybody's world.

    That said, the opportunities for development at uni will probably make you a better soldier/sailor/airman.

    It's completely upto you.


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    Er, since when?

    Citation needed. That's never been true before, would be amazed if that's the case given its a lot more expensive now.

    Edit: hang on, are you talking about doing the degree after you've joined up? In which case yes, it is the case, but that's not that realistic for a lot of people who would want / need that degree to get in in the first place.
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    Er, since when?

    Citation needed. That's never been true before, would be amazed if that's the case given its a lot more expensive now.

    Edit: hang on, are you talking about doing the degree after you've joined up? In which case yes, it is the case, but that's not that realistic for a lot of people who would want / need that degree to get in in the first place.
    Certainly, it's not for everyone. But it is an option for those, like the OP, balancing between a military career and university. This is the most cost-efficient way to do both. You can do your degree part-time whilst still serving or you can leave and do it on campus as a full-time degree. It's not unrealistic to be aged 25, with 4 years military experience and an undergraduate degree paid for by the military under your belt.

    The disadvantage, of course, is you have to do your 4 years before starting your degree.

    It's called the PFHE scheme. JSP 898.

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    Doing a degree part time whilst serving should not be seen as anything like doing a degree full time. If you can go to uni, go. The Armed Forces is set up for graduate entry, particularly for Officers.

    It depends what you think you want to do in the Forces, but if you want to be an Officer, I strongly recommend getting the degree first. It sets you up better for success down the line.
 
 
 
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