Having just failed my AIB (rather badly apparently) I am trying to decide the next course of action. The obvious direction would be to join up as a rating but given that I am 27 I am wary. Whilst I am obviously still under the upper age limit, how many 27 year olds tend to end up in Raleigh? I imagine most new recruits are going to be quite a bit younger than me so what kind of reception could I expect? I would be thinking of Hydro/Oceano/Metero specialist which I believe has a 2 year waiting list but would I jump some of that having gone through the officer process? Some one also suggested the RFA, am I right in thinking their recruits would possibly be on average older? Any advice greatly appreciated, I'm floundering at the moment not sure what to do.