officer vs rating hi all, I recently applied for the officer position in the royal navy but now I am having doubts. I am only at stage one therefore haven't had my psychometric test yet (22nd oct) - does the officer test differ from the rating test? My friends and family want me to join as an officer as I have the qualifications but I am not very self confident that I will get passed the AIB. I was made redundant back in May and I am just dying to get in to the Navy, but if I go forward for officer and don't get through will I then have to wait a year until I can opt as a rating? I was told that being a rating at 24 I would be mainly be surrounded by younger people (16/17) and that ratings are treated like shit. Is this true? If I went in as a rating I would be determined to show committment and develop my experience to go up the ladder. Can anyone give me any suggestions please? thanks Claire Copied from blogs (original entry) - post comments here.