Good evening one and all! Brand new on here, just had a good search through this forum and found some good info but nothing current so if anyone could answer some of my questions that would be great. I'm looking to join the RFA as a med tech, bit of background - 18 years as a paramedic, worked remote and worked offshore (ships not rigs) for two years, have my Offshore Medics Course, currently working as a freelance paramedic practitioner and first aid instructor, already have an ENG1 medical certificate as well. So first applied in Nov for a closing date in Dec, bit of confusion resulted re residency but was given the green light to apply after I pointed out I also have a British passport, which meant I didn't have to have resided in the UK for 4 years prior to applying. I've heard nothing since Nov so rang up Portsmouth this week and was told that any interviews would be scheduled for May looking at a start date end of this year?!!!! Has anyone else gone through this process and does it normally take over a year? From what I've read on this forum you have to - I believe - take a computer course plus other qualifications and shadow a Med Tech for 2 months before going to sea, is that correct? If so is that why it takes over a year before you go to sea? I am just a bit confused as to why no interviews are being held until May? I did ask but was only told "it's a long process". If anyone has gone through the whole process I'd really like to know how long it took and what the different stages were please. Thanks for your time ladies and gents, if I do get an interview etc I'll pop back on here and provide any info I can for others, cheers!