I submitted my application about a week ago and I received an email from the overseas office requesting me to hand in photocopies of my passports, educational certificate, etc. Two things really bother me about this, first problem is I have to get a letter from the police "to confirm I have no outstanding convictions" dunno even know where to begin with that besides going to a police station, second problem is the references. The Navy wants people from my community to write out a reference for me and the example they gave me was Police officers and teachers. I don't know any police officers or public servants and I don't even live in the same state as any of my previous teachers. I know I will get looked down upon the community for asking but does the Navy even check those references even if I am an overseas (British national) applicant? I had to contemplate on what to do for the last 48 hours. Could the Navy tell that a friend of mine wrote the reference ? I know people are just going to tell me to be honest but due to the circumstances but I'm going to be held back from joining the Royal Navy simply due to the lack of references ? Hope you can understand my desperation.