hey guys, not been here before so not sure if this should be in the newbie section, appologies if i've stuffed up. Did a bit of searching but could only find some, confusing yay and nay, stuff on closely related things. quick explaination about me before i ask my question, if you're not interested (I wouldnâ€™t be if I were you) skip the next paragraph... short story long: im 23; always wanted to work in an office, did so for about a year after completing my a levels; in may 2007 (i was 19 at the time) i was coming home from shopping and had a bit of road rage, got cut up, tried to cut them up, hit the front of their car and 'rammed' them off the road, panicked and kept going, as soon as i got to the end of the road i went to the police station resulting in a conviction for dangerous driving and a failure to stop; i received no fine, a two year ban and a nine month probation order; the court process was lengthy because (scared of going to prison) i first pleaded not guilty in the magistrates, who referred the case top the crown court for tougher sentencing; i of course came to my senses and pleaded guilty at the crown court, in February 2008; although the worst period of my life, it was undoubtedly the making of me and caused me to take check of my life and since then i haven't looked back; just before the trial/heering/sentancing/whatever they call it, i met a friend of a friend who was RM, and became interested so i went along to my afco; the afco guy explained to me that the looming convictions would mean a bar to entry for two years (based on the fact i told him the mandatory sentence for dangerous driving was a two year ban - we went with the best case scenario), and to return when i had my license back; i know that because of the probation sentence, i have to wait for five years, not two, for the convictions to be spent; i decided that, on the brighter side of life it gave me five years to train hard and prepare myself the best i can so i can show the afco i am not the same person i was five years earlier and i tried to apply the RM ethos to my every day life; i found it really hard to get a job with a criminal record and no driving license, so i decided that i would have to teach myself and work for myself on a self-employed basis as a builder; i managed to get a job cleaning at a school (never been one for the doll queue and hand outs), so i could save enough money to get some tools together; I then managed to get some bits together and start a window cleaning round at the weekends, then eventually enough to buy some tools and I started as a builder around a year ago; so Iâ€™m chuffed with myself thus far and I got back on the road about six months ago and am managing to pick up more and more work all the time now im driving (just goes to show you what a positive attitude can do for you) Iâ€™m still not doing brilliantly well, but when I think where I have come from it makes me very proud of myself and makes me realise just how much I want to join the RM, the way I have been applying myself to life has caused me to do things Iâ€™ve I always wanted to do too, from learning the guitar to much more adventurous and extreme things I thought Iâ€™d never be able to do, again, all drumming home how much I want to join the RM. Anyways, the somewhat dreary Michael Aspell moment over, the question Iâ€™m asking is: Once my conviction for dangerous driving is spent, will I be eligible, or is dangerous driving a big no-no? I donâ€™t know of any other reasons why I wouldnâ€™t be, but it is something I have put off going back to the afco to ask as I am still hanging onto the idea to help me count down the days, and it certainly makes a big difference when Iâ€™m training; to know there is a reason for it, it really helps cover those last few miles or extra reps. I know I should ask the afco, iâ€™ve been forced into it by some guys Iâ€™m going climbing in Scotland in January into February with, who have told me they have had enough of me going on about it all the time and are going to run off while belaying me if I donâ€™t get an answer before we go (with friends like these eh?!), so I will do in the new year, but thought perhaps someone (someone like ninja stoker [I was on PRMC forum ages ago just out of interest so I remember he knows everything about everything â€“ doesnâ€™t PRMC work any more, thatâ€™s why I am here â€“ not that you guys are second best of course ) could advise me, or at least offer a glimpse of hope). If itâ€™s a no-no, would they be more inclined to reconsider after an additional few years has passed perhaps? Cheers if you can help guys.