I just registered to be able to thank all contributors for their wealth of knowledge (and humour!), that has helped my youngest's recent Royal Navy application. The links provided by Ninja to various publications, we have found particularly useful. The interview threads have been printed out and stuck on every surface in the house! I'm very pleased, and very proud to say that all the selection process has been passed now, and it's a waiting game as they say. On the plus side, it means I get all the ironing, and handwashing done for the next 18 months - practice makes perfect as they say! The training is sooo different from when I went through Raleigh. Not saying easier, or harder mind you - don't want to open THAT can of worms.. Anyway, sincere thanks and my advice to any others joining the forum would be to read, and read , and read again every thread in the newbie section. There's an awful lot you didn't even know you needed to know. Best of luck to all the other baby sailors hoping to join soon.