I have a friend who is in nearly the same position as me. He wants to be a paramedic. He has seen is ACLO recently after completed all selection processes successfully and has been told that it may not be another 2 YEARS before he can join up. I am terrified that the same will happen to me - I am due to go on a PEDA to go on to hopefully join the Mine Clearance Branch. I am terrified the same will happen to me. I have worked in a supermarket since finishing A levels and need to get out of there for obvious reasons. I have done the AIB and failed it so I made the decision to join as a rating with the provision of becoming a senior upper yardmen later on (hopefully). Why would the ACLO say this? Cut backs? Is it specific to branches or synonomous thoughout the entire navy? Sorry to spin you guys with my lifestory by the way.