There were quite a lot of posts relating to this, but not quite what i needed. So if you wouldn't mind taking a minute to help me out with a few questions, that would be great. Basically, im currently 16 and living in the UK. I've been diving for about a year, and achieved Dive Leader in BSAC (The British equivalent to a PADI Divemaster i believe) I've known ive wanted a career in diving for a while, and i feel one of the only jobs around that im interested in without having 10 years of experience and countless expensive courses is the Mine Clearance Diver for the royal navy. I'm aware that you have to be 18 to start the course, so I'm trying to train whenever i can and hope i can keep it up for the full 2 years. But, i heard that the PEDA waiting time is around 30 months? Im looking to get going as soon as i can (But extra time to train wouldn't be the worst thing) So, my question is.... Is the PEDA really that big of a waiting time? And if so, would it be a good idea to go to my nearest recruitment office and arrange something for when im 18? Im not going to be signing any contracts at all until nearer the time, so if i could go down and arrange something for a few years would this even be possible without signing anything? Also, there were three exercises that continued to come up on my searches: Dips - Are these with your legs pointing down, or will they be resting on a bench and lowering your self down? Situps - Are these with your feet held down? Pullups - Are these with the back of your hand facing towards you, or your wrists facing towards you? Thanks, any other advice would be extremely useful.