Hi folks, I was directed over here from a motoring website I post on, as i'm seriously considering the Royal Navy as a career. Ok, here's the situation: I'm 26, stuck in a dead end job that pays around £450p/w for 70-80hrs (55-57 paid) worked over 6 days. I have no qualifications other than my driving licence. I do things on the side that bring in my 'fun' money and pay for some luxuries, but again it's not going to result in a career. I am married, and fortunately I do enjoy the full support of my wife in whichever direction I want to take my life. I enjoy mechanical engineering - either trying to design something or taking something apart, working out why it broke, and either fixing it or finding a way of reducing the chances of it failing again. However, I only get to do this on a small scale with vehicles and other machines in my limited spare time. I also enjoy physics and chemistry - the two subjects I did well at in school. I would like to go on an OU course, but I can't afford to give up work for the full-time bit of the 2+2 courses I would want to study (either mechanical engineering, chemistry or physics). I have however recently been told to look into the Royal Navy. It would appear to offer much (if not all) of what I want - promotion/advancement in a chosen career on merit and hard work, qualifications, the chance to see and do things around the world, and hopefully set me up for a decent job when I complete service. I am planning to head to the local AFCO in Redruth soon, and i know i'll need to get fit - currently there's no way i'd pass any fitness test apart from the swimming stuff, but then until now i've had no inclination or incentive to work from 7am to 8-9pm, and then jump on the rowing machine or bike for an hour. Can anyone give me an insight into life in the RN? For a long time I felt that I wasn't suited to life in the forces - my main concern is that I have a habit of asking 'why' if I don't understand what I am doing or why I am doing it, and I always thought that asking questions wasn't a good idea. I rather suspect though I am wrong in that assumption. Thanks in advance.