Hey all, I've been considering joining the Navy for a while now, I had a load of questions until I found this forum (flattery over) but I still have a few, and It would be great if you could answer them. First and foremost, I would like to join as a hydrographer (preferably as an officer, from the look of the Navy website officer hydrography is a sub set of warfare but If I fail anything in the officer selection or training I am quite content to join as a rating). I however am foreign! well... ish. I was born to English parents and lived the first 10 years of my life in Devon, but the last almost 8 years have all been In New Zealand. As a British citizen (not dual with NZ) am I able to join my preferred career? Is the fact that I have not been resident for a few years going to bite me in the arse? Will the fact that the country I live in is a commonwealth member, has pretty similar law to England and so on? I can probably get a statement of good character from the codgers or the government. Secondly, I have a (very mild) nut allergy. I'm good with all nuts except peanuts and walnuts, If I eat one of these I take an antihistamine (just a bog standard one like you'd take for hayfever) spew, get back to what I was doing. I never get anaphalactic (never could spell that damn word) shock or any of the nasty stuff some poor buggers get, and even when I don't get an antihistamine I still run along fine, I just feel crook for a little bit longer. Either way in an emergency situation I would still be able to operate, do my duties etc. Would this disqualify me? I know there's worries over poor medical support on ships but I don't need any. Finally, regarding preperation for life post Navy, I'd quite like to train as a marine archaeologist, at what points during my career would I be able to get time off work for 3 years to do a university course? I can't do it before hand as once again because I have not been resident for the last year years I qualify for overseas uni fees (10 grand a year! Where on earth do they think anyone could get that sort of money!) and I can't do an equivelent course In NZ, because there isn't one. I'm assuming after my minimum term of service I could leave for uni then come back, are there any other options? Thanks for your time, my apologies if anything I asked has been previously covered, I had a look but couldn't see anything.