I'm afraid I have a number of questions, so I apologise in advance for the length of my post. I intend to apply to join the Royal Navy with a suggested specialisation in Eng(IS). My questions relate to the selection process in general and also more specifically to the Eng(IS) position. Firstly, how many months would it normally take (minimum rather than maximum) from someone first phoning to arrange a meeting with a Liaison Officer to being admitted to BRNC upon being successful? Further to that, when do officer entries to BRNC normally occur in the year? The reason I ask is I would like to time my entry to BRNC, if successful, to meet the end of the funding for the PhD I am currently completing. I don't want apply too early because I have let my fitness slip since entering University and although I have been working hard on it since June I still feel as if I have a way to go before I can comfortably take the physical. With regards Eng(IS) in particular, could someone explain to me in more depth what this position involves? I've read the information leaflet here, but it seems to be a little thin on the ground. Does anyone here have any experience of this position, either as a rating or an officer? As an aside, does anyone have or know of anyone currently serving in the Royal Navy with a PhD? Will this count against me during selection, or will it aid my application? Perhaps it will do neither? Thanks for reading!