Hi Folks I applied to join the RNR via the direct officer entry route last July, and was eventually given a date for my AIB for this week. It was cancelled at short notice, and I've been told that it could be months before they can fit me in for another one. Apparently the problem is because I'm at the upper end of the age range and they like to make up boards with people of the same age, they need to wait for a few more old folk to apply to the RNR. Now this seems crazy to me. I would have no problem doing my AIB with a bunch of 20-year-olds, even if I am old enough to be their father. However, my ACLO tells me that it would be greatly to my advantage to go through the AIB with people of a similar age. Any thoughts? Any tips on how to get the process moving a bit faster? At this rate it could easily be over a year from applying to join to getting my AIB, which I have to say I don't find too impressive.