I was a NE earlier in the year but unfortunatley I could not continue with my training due to my job which rerquires me to work every single weekend. They knew that I was joining and was led to believe they'd be supportive but inevitably they weren't. Consequently I couldn't go on weekends and felt that I couldn't stay. My situation is soon to change and I would like to rejoin as I was gutted I had to back out and really would like to go back finish what I started. I reapplied online back at the beginning of September but I'm still waiting to have my application restarted by someone in Portsmouth due to having 'previous service'. I have been told that this wouldn't be a problem and will get up and running again it due course but its taking ages! I spoken to AFCO three times, as recently as this week (through me initiating the calls on each occaision, otherwise I'd still be sitting here wondering what was going on) and am just asked to be patient, which I have been up till now. Does anyone have any clue as to how long it can take to get applications like this going again, or has anyone had any experiences of this before? I'd be interested to hear. If people could keep responses civil please (which I'm sure most folk will), I've posted questions on here before and people have just seen it as an opportunity to be [email protected]!