Chaps, I need some advice, as I am thinking of joining the RNR. I grew up in the Portsmouth area, my dad was w WO Stoker and did 36 years in the RN. I had always intended to join the RN, but while at Uni, I discovered I was too short sighted for Officer Entry. I was gutted. I joined the TA in 1998 and have served in the Infantry, in a Field Hospital (as a clerk) and with the Intelligence Corps. I am a Foreign Equipment Recognition Instructor and I have a working knowledge of Arabic (the TA sent me on a course). I also did an operational tour in Bosnia. I left the TA when I joined the police. I rejoined the TA last year, but I'm not enjoying it as much. Living in London, I miss the sea, so I am thinking of leaving the TA and coming to the RNR. I am currently a Cpl. My main question is, what Branch??? I have a mate at Ferret, but appreciate it could take a lot of time and effort to get commissioned and end up there. (time I dont have cos of work and shift committments). I am 25 years old. Sorry for boring you, and I dont intend for it to sound like "wow arent I brilliant" but I would appreciate some advice as to which rating branch would suit me, and whether you think its a good idea or not!