Hello all, I haven't posted here for a long time following my AIB failure in October 2011, since then I have decided to apply as a Rating for the ETME branch (surface). No bullshit excuses for the failure, I simply didn't cut it on the day, mainly due to a major balls up of the PLTs. I originally applied for Warfare, as I had a History degree, the technical branches were naturally barred for me at Officer level. I am 24 now, and could give a million reasons as to why I didn't go down an Engineering route from the beginning of higher education, but in truth I wasn't really sure what to do and found History interesting at the time, and had not at this point thought of joining the RN. It was only in my final year of University I decided. So I found it quite refreshing looking at the Engineering trades of the RN when reapplying as a Rating, and my interest in the ETME branch was realised. This realisation was in part due to a job I had as a Recruiter for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, after talking to former RN personnel about their experiences; and a revival in my interest in Physics, which I was always competent at during school despite abandoning it in favour of a History degree. So where am I now? 25 months on from my original RT and still waiting. I told the AFCO of my intention to change branch in April 2012, redid the PJFT sometime after, and had the interview in October, from which I was told I may get a start date within 6 months, but I'm mindful it could take longer. After failing the AIB, I ashamedly went into hiding from all things RN for a few months just to clear my head, but I love having the dream back in my life and I am as eager as ever to begin.