Hey all, my name is Lee. I have been interested in the RN all of my life, as my Great Grandad was in it, and he told me some wonderous stories. I always thought that this was the life for me. But I had a problem, when I was born, I was born with a heart condition. This was a heart Murmer. I was always told that I could never join any of the forces. I was gutted. Anyways, I came to the ripe old age of 16, had completed my GCSE's and completely dismissed the RN as a career Choice. I continued on with my education, and started my A levels. I hated every second of it. I just couldn't be bothered, and never tried. Ended up failing my A levels. After this, I had my annual check up at the doctors, and they were amazed. I was sent of for heart scans and the sorts. In 6 month's the heart murmer had disapeared. If they didn't know better, they would of said that I never had one. Was amazing, thats when I started thinking about the RN. I finally got my head round applying in july, and applied. Had all of my test's, rinsed my aptitude test. Enjoyed my interview. Came to my running test. I hadn't done any sports since school. This was about 8 months. Morning came of the running test, and silly me didn't eat. Or drink for that matter. Was stupid I know, and I pay for it every day of my life, so please dont berate me about it. I failed. I was made to stop, because I started retching, and the guy wouldn't let me continue. I was devasted. I thought that I had blown the best opportunity of my life. 2 Days later, I had a ring from my AFCO, and he said that I had another chance. I wasn't making the same mistake again. So I ran, ran and ran some more. I wasn't failing this one. I went to the gym twice a day, just to run. Ran around the house, trying to get fit. Came to the day, and I annihalted(sp?) it. 9:46. Felt amazing, I came off, and felt like I could do that again, and again, all day! So yea..im getting of track now... Anyways, I app'ed for a CIS Specialist, onboard a Sub. I cant wait. Anyways, Christmas eve, and I get a letter through the post. Saying about measuring myself up, and that my provisional date for going in is 10th of february. GET IN!, was awesome. Had to get some pictures take, Kinda look like a mug. Didn't plan on this being this long, but meh, gives you all something to read, on this random day between christmas day, and new years eve, that noone knows what todo on. I have my prejoining briefing on the 3rd of january. Gonna be good, im soo excited.. Anyways, what led me hear, google pretty much. I was looking for a forum, where I could discuss general navy life. Also to look for other people that are going in on the same day, gives me people to chat to on the train down. Im a nice friendly guy, likes making friends. That sums me up pretty much. Hey all.