Having a slight dilemma, I originally put in my officer application over 18 months ago before it was necessary for potential officer candidates to sit the recruitment tests. Went along to my AIB July just gone but failed it however the board president was very complementary and positive and in his report stated that I was to be encouraged strongly to retake in 12 months. His other suggestion was to join the RNR in the meantime to improve the areas I was flagging in before, which I have done, however, I had to fill in all the same paperwork again but this time had to sit the recruitment test. I did this today and even though the rest were credible results my numeracy, I was told, wasn't officer standard and even though I can progress with the RNR I would have to resit the recruitment tests in 12 months in order to even redo my AIB. But had I not have applied to join the RNR to build up the areas I needed too I wouldn't have needed to take and now retake recruitment tests to have retaken my AIB. Have I seriously now shot myself in the foot by opting to join the RNR, has I will have to wait even longer now to retake my AIB, which I wouldn't have needed to previously. Advice please?