When I first got in contact with the RN I was told I could apply as an engineering officer due to my A Levels. But then when I spoke with an AEO at my AFCO she said that at 25 I'd be too old to join as an AEO and earn my degree whilst I was in.. Can anyone shed some light on this as I keep getting the term "fast tracking" with regards to joining as a rating and working my way up instead of joining as an officer straight away.
I think I'll probably be well past Officer age by the time I get in but just want to explore the options..
Is engineering rating more hands-on (actual time on the tools) than engineering officer anyway?
I have never seen an engineering officer with a tool of any description in his/her hand. If a pen is classed as a tool then I stand corrected.
The best AEO's are the one who don't know where the hangar is and believe everything the SMR tells him/her.