when I left a year later a relief was found for me despite no-one being available for 2 years! :
Back to an earlier point; Having your papers raised isn't everything. When I was on the charge signal (which I actually declined for a number of reasons) I was rated number 3 of a pile of chief tiffs, numbers 1 & 2 in my unit were both CW candidates and not selected by the board. Good guys, both I think subsequently went to Dartmouth.