I waited 4 years to go to ME A School. I wouldn't change that decision and it was worth it to me. 100%, look at other rates and what they do, but if you want to go to MSRT, wait to be an ME. No other rate is there as ME's are.
With our current Detailer and Rating Force Master Chief, in combination with the ATO Screener, if you have the physical and mental ability, there is a good chance you can go if that's what you want to do. Just know it may not be your first or second tour as an ME. However, the TO Quall is currently required to make E8, so that means being qualified at either TACLET or MSRT. To be competitive in our rate, you need that Qualification. If you want to go and you advance in our rate, you'll end up there. It may not be as soon as you like though, so you need to be sure you like the other side of the ME house. (Basic LE Boardings, managing LE programs, and training others) Hope that helps.