This is my first post so please go easy. I have recently decided to apply to join the RN, hopefull as a warfare rating. After an internet enquiry and a brief phonecall I have been invited to a presentation at my local AFCO next week. So, from filling in my application to HMS Raleigh, via tests, interviews and medicals, how long will it take? I only ask as I have been offered a seasons contract to play pro-rugby in the US from May to September (they do play, believe it or not.) and need to give the club in question a positive answer in the next 48 hours. If I could be at Raleigh by September or even earlier, I certainly wouldn't take up the offer of rugby. I have heard horror stories of people waiting for years, is this true? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. ATC.