Hi all, I’ve been lurking for a while and, as there are some people with experience as Careers Advisors and Warfare Officers on here, I’ve got some questions about my eligibility to join the RN. I’m looking to join as a Warfare Officer, probably General Service; however, I won’t actually be applying for another few months yet. This will be a fairly long post, but the context is important. When I was 17/18 I applied to join the army as an infantryman, however, I was talked out of it and persuaded to go to uni. After a few months at uni (during which time I joined the UOTC) I realised that the course wasn’t for me so I dropped out and applied to join the Army and the Royal Marines (both as an OR). I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to join so I thought I should get the ball rolling and I could decide later in the process which one I wanted to commit to. Unfortunately, at this point I injured my knee in an accident (this was spring 2011). I was just about to do my PJFT for the RM and was waiting for my medical to be processed for the Army. As I was going to need extensive NHS physio I dropped both applications so that I could sort myself out and re-apply at a later date. In March 2012 I was discharged from physio and began working towards getting fully fit. I achieved this by late 2012 and in November I re-applied for the army, again as an infantryman. In March 2013 I got a letter from the army telling me that I couldn’t apply until I’d been free from any joint pain for 12 months and had completed a 3 month army programme. As I was going to have to wait around for a while I started looking for things to do. However, in spring 2013 I ended up in hospital again as I’d suddenly developed cysts in my spleen. Cysts don’t sound much, but I was actually pretty ill for most of last year. It turned out that the cysts were totally random and are not connected to any disease or blood condition, they were just bad luck. I had an operation to remove them at the end of 2013. I’ve been told that if the cysts don’t grow back within 6 months then they never will. What has all this got to do with being a Warfare Officer? While trying to work out what to do when I was out of hospital, I had a bit of an epiphany. I realised that I’d been applying to the Army and RM for totally the wrong reasons. First, I was terrified of having to do anything academic, particularly maths. Second, I felt I had to prove myself as tough enough to match the other men in my family (my Dad and Great-Uncle have both been awarded for bravery and almost all of my male relatives have pretty extraordinary records). I thought that doing the most physically demanding job possible – infantry or Royal Marines – was the way to do that. I also realised that the variety of rubbish jobs (hotel porter, warehouse work, supermarket shelf-stacker) I’d done over the past few years were not what I wanted to spend my life doing. I realised that I wanted to be a Warfare Officer and to do that I needed to sort myself out. I started by hiring a maths tutor to help get my maths up to scratch, something I did over the summer and autumn of last year. That brings us to Jan 2014 and my questions. 1) Is there a maximum number of times I can apply to join? 2) When an RN Careers Advisor types my name into their computer, they’ll see I have 3 Army applications plus 1 RM one. I appreciate this makes me look like a muppet who keeps dropping out. Will I be booted out the door as a timewaster? What could I do to show that I’ve changed and I’m committed? 3) How much academic support does a trainee Warfare Officer get? Although my maths has come on hugely through having a few months of tuition, I’m not the type who can read a textbook and instantly understand how to do stuff. 4) When should I get in contact with the Careers Advisor? For the reasons I explained above, I’ll be waiting until at least 6 months post-operation before I actually start the formal application process, but would it be worth getting in touch with the careers advisor to discuss my situation? Medically I'm well on track. No knee pain for over a year and so far the post-operation signs have been very good with no indication that the cysts are coming back. Of course, I know that the RN Doctors will want to verify all this for themselves. Thanks in advance for reading all that and any answers you can give. I appreciate it.