Firstly a little information about me. I am a Merchant Navy Deck Officer (Third Mate) with a Cruise ship company. I was interested in joining the RNR when I was a cadet but I decided to wait until I had my OOW license so I would have more spare time for the RNR. I now have a little over 9 months sea time as a 3rd Mate. I have just this evening attended a recruiting evening. I was very impressed with the overall presentation and am keen to take the next steps towards joining. I was, however, disappointed by one thing - when I asked about List 1 the recruiting officer didn't seem to know anything about it. I realise that there aren't a lot of MN Officers in the RNR and this is probably why noone seems to know much when it comes to the subject. I was told as I left that the next step is for me to visit my local AFCO and tell them I would like to join. I have no problem doing this but I'm concerned I may face the same problem with the AFCO not knowing the specific details about MN Officers in the RNR. I don't mean to be rude about anyone's lack of knowledge, like I said there seems to be a shortage of MN personnel in the RNR, and I'm sure that's why its unknown territory for people. I will contact my local AFCO tomorrow and take it from there but if anyone has any advice for me then please feel free to post, all help is greatly appreciated.