Hello, This is my first post. I attempted to search around for some answers to my questions and was unsuccessful; however, if I did miss anything I do apologize. Some background on myself: I am male 28 years old from the Commonwealth applying to the Navy from overseas. I am in excellent shape and would be able to compete well on the Royal Marines Selection Course, which I am considering; however, I am more interested in working on a ship. That said, being from the Commonwealth my options for trades are extremely limited. In this post I am looking for the straight talk about being a Steward. Everything I find online paints a pretty grim picture of the trade, however, I find it hard to believe that itâ€™s as bad as people make it out to be. In fact, from what I read the trade seems kind of interesting. I am going to quote an excerpt from the careers site PDF and base my questions around that. "As a Steward, youâ€™ll be part of a team providing official hospitality for visiting Admirals, local dignitaries and even heads of state, both in the UK and abroad. Your personality, professionalism and attention to detail will help create a positive image of the UK and the Royal Navy. So, youâ€™ll need to be completely reliable at all times and able to think on your feet. On a warship, youâ€™ll effectively be running your own hotel, with day-to-day responsibility for the officersâ€™ bar, accommodation and dining room.â€ Q: Do Stewards only cater to Officers aboard ships or to ratings as well? "A warship is first and foremost a fighting machine though, so youâ€™ll master a much wider range of skills than your civilian counterparts." You may be part of a boarding team searching a ship for drugs or illegal immigrants, or helping people in a humanitarian disaster. Youâ€™ll also take on the role of providing first aid to your crewmates, both in peacetime and conflict situations." Q: How realistic is this? I have to be honest the part about the trade which appeals to me most is the possibility of training to become a member of the ship's boarding party. But I wonder if this is simply the career office dressing up the trade and I wonder if there a serious possibility that a Steward will act on a boarding party. Also, first aid is also of interest to me. If the waiting list wasnâ€™t so long my primary interest would be Medical Assistant, however, given my age and situation 20+ months would put me over 30 by the time I got in. If I wanted to go the route of a medic I think I would be best to do the Royal Marines and hope to specialize as a medic through them. What kind of first aid duties would a Steward find themselves tending to? Finally, I notice that Steward is a â€œhot job.â€ How long would one expect to wait on average for a spot in training if they picked this trade? Faster compared to others? I am just curious. I thank everyone in advance for whatever they can contribute. I am just in the early stages of looking at my options before lodging an application so I want to paint a realistic picture about what is available to me before I set my sights on a particular trade.