Advice requested... I'm about to spurt out of the New Entry sausage machine and need to settle on a branch. As well as picking up the chat in the bar, advice from here would be good as well - haven't been on the unit all that long so haven't had any formal branch briefs or anything. In particular can you let me know advantages/disadvantages of what you do, what the deployment patterns are like in your branches, likely time to get operationally deployable, training courses etc. Warts and all pls! I'm more inclined to the more active/practical branches, and preferably one that deploys for weeks rather than months (prof and personal reasons) - GSSR/AWFP looks most likely at the moment, though I sense that they are moving towards the longer tours? Plus would be useful to have a steer on some of the changes going on - is mine warfare coming or going/which branches are open to me as a rating/is seamanship coming back etc? Apols if there is another thread that compares branches - if so just point me towards it... Cheers.