I was just browsing through RR, just passing the time, when it suddenly occurred to me that what I was reading surely cannot be right - people are actually waiting to join the RN, and may have to wait up to 6 months? Why? Can't Raleigh handle the numbers passing through the gate? Is there a training bottle-neck somewhere else down the line? Is there a DV delay? Why do we on the waterfront have to manage with gaps and future manpower 'black-holes' when there are people queuing up to join the Mob? Surely the attrition rate of those waiting (ie having been accepted by the RN but awaiting a joining date) is directly proportional to the waiting time - please correct me if I'm wrong. Having passed through Raleigh recently - 20+ years after having been there as an AA - it seemed to me to be extremely quiet. I was informed that only a small percentage of Raleigh's core business these days is the New Entry process - is this the reason why there are manning issues at the waterfront? I realise that I may be just venting my spleen here, but any statistical data (unlikely) or anecdotal evidence from recruiters such as Ninja would be most welcome.