I know that I'm straying well out of my generation, but this is one for Ninja. I've just read Dean's thread on joining as an MA and am interested in the probable 18 months waiting time. When I applied to join the King's navy, I was told by the recruiters that my selected branch had no vacancies, so I went away and thought about it, but before I could make a decision I received notice for interview, which resulted in my joining the Queen's navy at 16. Fast forward to today. Every source available tells us that ALL the services are short of manpower. As a recruiter, could you please tell me, (in simple terms for an old codger), what the problem is, and which branches are so disliked by potential recruits? I do realize that the situation is totally different from 1952, but I am interested in the current situation, and the RN of today. Cheers, Peter.