Hi first post here, i have been browsing these recently discovered forums (massively useful btw thanks all) however i have a few questions and just want to get a few things clear in my head. I have wanted to join the Royal navy since around year 10 at school (i am now currently in my second and last year of college at 17 years old). I would have joined straight out of school but to be honest with you i was a scrawney little bugger and probably would have been laughed at. Anyway i have my sights set on a career as an AET, i have since around year 11. I had an interview whilst still at school with a royal navy careers liason officer as i had expressed an interest in joining Welbeck. After chatting with him about it all and after he looked at my predicted GCSE grades we decided it would be best for me to enter as a rating (i was more than happy at this as i really wanted to experience the job and get down and dirty). I told him i wanted to go to college after school so he said ok just get in touch once you have finished college, he also mentioned something like 'we have you on our books now' if memory serves not quite sure what he meant by that So i got 9 GCSE's 2 A's, 5B's,2 C's (Maths = C, English = B Science = A) And hopefully once i have finished year 2 at college a few As/A levels Are these grades good for a career as an AET? Can i start the application process now? Im a bit unsure about this as i recently joined the gym to start getting fit and now go 3 times a week, also i will need to brush up on maths a little i think as havnt really done much since GCSE, also im 176 cm tall and weigh about 8 1/2 stone so about 54kg, as i have joined the gym i hope to build up muscle and am looking to improve my diet. Is this height/ weight alright? i know im a bit thin at the moment thats why im hesitant. I am short sighted and i wear glasses most of the time, Or contacts, i dont think this is a problem with my chosen career path but can someone possibly confirm this? I am currently leaning towards a preference of working on fixed wing aircraft so the Harrier AV-8B and hopefully the F35 Lightning II in the future. Are there certain pro's and con's toward working on each type of aircraft? I think thats all i have to ask for now, thanks!