Hello all. I am new to this forum but I am a regular on Arrse. I have been sitting in the recruitment process for the army for just over a year now and I finally got onto an insight course in order to get recommended for selection. However, after spending a week living at AC Bovington with a bunch of NCO's and having a chance to speak with some Soldiers/Marines posted there I learnt that being a crewman is only interesting for a couple of years as you do everything for the first time. Most of the blokes who had been serving for over 5 years looked so worn down and depressed. My original plans during my early school years was to join the Royal Navy, but after a complication making it almost impossible for anyone in 6th form to get a job, half of us left and decided to either jump straight into full time employment or apply for the forces. Seeing the waiting list for the navy being around 3 years (and there being no navy staff at the careers office) I signed up for the RAC as a crewman. Now I am faced with a dilemma: Stick with the army, get a spot in RTR, wait out the 4~5 years and use my experience to reapply for the Navy or begin an application for the Navy now and start looking for a full time position on civvy street to tide me over until I get called forward.