I really should know the answer to this one and it is embarrassing that I don't, but how long exactly does it take to gain all the qualifications required to be an AET. On the website and in the brochures it says that after 6 months in the Defence College of Aeronautical engineering you come out qualified as an AET. Then it goes on to say, "you work hands on with aircraft at a base......in a few months you earn the qualifications that authorise you to sign of an aircraft fit to fly". How long exactly is this few months period, and what qualifications are gained. I assume at the Defence College is where you earn you NVQ level 2 in Aircraft Engineering Maintenance; or am I wrong? And at which point does your initial professional training finish? I ask because I canâ€™t see myself making a life time career with the navy and itâ€™s important I know when Iâ€™ll be able to leave. (12 months' notice two and a half years after the end of your initial professional training, whenever that is) My other question is about gaining qualifications that aren't really associated or necessary for your chosen branch. I want to gain A levels in Maths, Physics and French if possible. Does anyone know how long this will take me, how it fits in with your regular work and how much it costs? And if you do gain additional qualifications which pertain to your chosen trade will it effect the length of you obligation to stay? For example, at leading rate you can gain a Kingston University certificate, will I have to stay longer if it do? Sorry for these bothersome questions and thanks for any replies.