Hello all, This should probably be in the AIB thread but i'm looking for a quick answer and it's not actually about AIB itself. I am looking at applying through the officer route (Air or Warfare probably) and I have been informed my initial enquiry "interview" (I've been told informal chat) is in very early Feb. I am looking at getting through the process as quick as is humanly possible. Anyway, there is a possiblity that I may be going away from mid Feb to mid April, and let's say the reason I would be going away would include very valuable experience to get a chance to taste life at sea in a more-than-civvie way. I can't really go into anymore than that. Now saying I manage to get the paperwork filled in before I go, I would then be away for 2 months after this. How does this affect getting through all the things I require to get through? (including possibly Cranwell FATS too). I'm not p!ssing off on holiday, far from it. Will it really delay my application? I just wondered if I stayed in the UK, it would take a few months for everything to go through and get FAT/AIB dates etc anyway?! Also would such time at sea experience also be looked favourably at AIB or is it a waste of time in that respect? Bearing in mind I have an army background, not Navy. Hope that question makes sense. It's just I need to kind of make a decision about whether to go away or not on this asap. Thankyou.