Hi All, I know this is a question which has proabbly come up in the past, but I did a quick search and couldn't find the answers I wanted. I'm currently in the process of joining up as a ET ME, RT has been compleated medical is on Saturday. I've always liked the idea, of joining up as a rating and then working my way up to officer as I feel I would benefit more from it this way. Looking at some of the posts on here, getting from rating to officer is a long drawn process, and much of it comes down to luck of the draw. So I am thinking of going for ME officer. What I'd like to know is; Do officers get the same level of training as a rating? How often would the job be "hands on"? Is the waiting list any longer for a ME officer? Do you have to have a degree? I'm in my last year of HNC in mech/man engineering. UCAS points are not a problem. Thanks for any help.