Firstly, may I apologise for asking yet another question about this but, having researched the RNR site and on here as well, there appears to be some differences in the information. I guess this is where the real world and the 'official' world meet!! Anyway, i'm 29 years old and have been thinking of joining the RNR for some time, although until now I have not been in a position to commit to doing so. Having read various bits of information about DE Officers the answers sometimes contradict each other. So, here are my questions, in order to try and find some sort of definitive 'real world' answer. 1. Can anyone apply for entry as a DE Officer? 2. If you join via this route does it restrict what branches you can join? 3. I understand that the training takes 18-24 months, what does this involve? How much actualy training is there during this period? I've got quite a few more questions but i'll hang fire for now! Thanks in advance for your replies.