I'm writing this as I'm not entirely sure what route to go down. I'm 19 years old and I used to be the Army Cadets. I've also been aboard various ships and I served briefly in the TA (I moved away unexpectedly from the unit before I finished my Phase 2). I currently have a application going for the Royal Marines. I originally applied for RM, changed to Seaman Spec and switched back to RM. I love being at sea and working on ships, however, I don't particularly want to leave behind the 'green' stuff. My original aim was to go RM and then get into the FSRT. However, as I've done more research I've realised this is far from a certain route and a lot will depend on if I get the posting I would want initially, FPGRM. I've heard that when on ship, RMs spend all of their time cleaning and doing the naff jobs that no-one else wants to do. On the other hand, Seaman Spec (while obviously doing cleaning too) also do all of the other things on the ship that I would like to do. I've also found out that RN personnel can be members of boarding parties along with marines. I have talked to my careers advisor about this, but he is fairly vague and although he gives me some info, he doesn't really seem too bothered. He told me that for Seaman Spec I'd be waiting for at least 15 months to start at Raleigh (this was back in March) whereas for marines it takes about 6 months. I'm very aware of that fact that joining the marines purely because it is quicker to join than the navy isn't really a good reason at all. The final issue I am battling with is that I don't particularly want to train for nearly a year as a Seaman Spec and then never see active service whereas in the marines I will almost definitely find myself on operations. I know the navy is shrinking and I can't help but wonder how much I would get to see and do as a seaman spec. Any advice, or comments, would be great. Due to an injury I've been spending the last few months sitting around doing physio so I’ve had plenty of time to think things over, but I have not reached a decision. I still have a few more months of sitting about but I would like to be able to confirm RM or Seaman Spec to the AFCO as soon as I can.