I’m interested in joining the Navy as a Warfare Officer, I've been looking around tsr and you seem to have a very good knowledge about this sort of field. I wonder if you know the fitness test that officer applicants are put through and perhaps the best way to train for this, a gym membership or a specialised, home-made routine? any help would be greatly appreciated.
Any help on these topics would be a bonus too:
Written tests I would have to take
What your generic duties are as a Warfare Officer
Any tips/hints you feel would be useful to know
Rank progression if i do become successful and become a Warfare Officer
Your personal way to prepare for the fitness tests, I have a few ideas but peer review and learning might help
I am going to a Recruiting office later this week however I saw you on tsr and thought it was a good opportunity to perhaps ask for some information
This forum is a great place to start for information but for generic information you should seek that out yourself. The RN website has loads of information that you can use for your preperation. Its something that will be useful if you join as a Warfare Officer. My boss gives me a quick brief on what he wants as an end goal and then I work out how to achieve it with the resources available and then I make it happen.
Everyone who wants to join the RN has to sit a recruit test along with the pre joining fitness test (PJFT) on a treadmill. At AIB you will have to do the bleep test.
The fitness area is useful for finding exercise that fits in with your day to day life. Best way to find out what works is to do some phys and vary it. Always be on the lookout for something new. The RN are now doing initial military fitness (IMF) for all trainees. You can watch videos on youtube of the RM doing IMF to give you a good idea of what to expect.
Rank progression is available on the RN website. Non grads enter as a Midshipman while grads enter as SLt. There are lots of on going discussions about this and pay scales so it might change in the future.
A Warfare Officer's job can vary depending on the ship and location. If you are at sea then you do watches -
hours on 6 hours off. You will have the con so you will be controlling where the ship goes and reporting to the CO with various details. You will be required to do briefs for various things including command briefs. You have secondary duties such as sports liason officer. The best way to find out is to shadow a Warfare Officer. Your AFCO can advise you on this as they might have something arranged for a few candidates.
The best thing you can do is get as much experience of the RN - go to Navy days, go on AFCO courses, visit Navy related museums. To help prepare you for going through AIB make your own book of knowledge on the RN, RM and RFA. Work on something for it everyday and keep going back through it.