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    So I'm looking at joining the forces when I leave school, specifically a vehicle mechanic in REME, but the drawback is I have to be 16.6 years to apply.

    How long does the process take from submitting an application, induction etc, to being told I am/ aren't going to basic?

    Because, I'm not of age until June, which means I have about a 2-3 month window before going to college?

    It's my first post here so sorry if it's in the wrong place but thank you in advance.

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    You're better off posting on ARRSE.

    There's a few things that will affect the length of your application:

    Job availability - if it's oversubscribed then there will be a waiting list.

    Some AFCO's will not call you for the next part of your application and you have to chase them up.This can add wuite a lot of time.

    Your Doctor has to complete a medical form, again they can drag their heels with this and can take months. You have to badger them.

    If your fitness is **** they won't put you forward. If you fail ADSC (selection) it will put you back.

    Lastly, if you get a grade C then you will wait longer than those who get an A.

    At a guess, you're looking at a year or so from application to starting.
    • Thread Starter

    Thank you! Really appreciate the help heading over there now!

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