Oh, I wasn't being negative about the Navy, it's bloody fantastic. I was just saying, don't swallow what the AFCO say, 'cause remember that they have to get people through the door: that's their job; so they might 'sell' the branch a little. I haven't heard about people being asked to go on Subs while down at Raleigh, but if you show an interest they may consider you - remember it is very physically demanding too, I don't think I have the strength of character to do the 30m tank.
Ok, I see this is dragging on a little, but, you are 20, joining as an OM and expecting to be a SR by the time you're 23? There is no chance of that, even if you join as an MEA. There is no chance of joining the OM branch and becoming a LH by that time either. You're looking at finishing your books, and had a bit of seatime by then, but not up for your Hookey. However, as you said - not about money, it's the life you join for. That is something which won;t fail you, if you are sure you are the right person for the job, as the life is second to none. I'm not too clued up on the wage packets anymore, but 20K seems a bit far fetched after only a couple of years and not even finished your ROS. You get 2 pay rises per year, one annuelly on the date 6 months after you commence Raleigh, and the other around about August time if I remember correctly.
Yeah OldSubmariner, thats the same as the MET/ AET schemes. But the Warfare Specialist is the OM (W) with little change. The MEM/MEA branch both merged, as did the AEM/AEA to make the ET's, but there was no OM Tiff scheme, so the OM shares roles with other OM Mates, but is still primarily OM (W).
Lol, OM sounded brilliant? Sitting at a computer screen watching a little display for awhile
Did you get above 75? I think that is the threshold for not so good trades, with the Artificers having to get above 90. If it is only maths, I'm sure they can arrange for you to sit an extra maths test, which would pull the score up a little if you needed it. If it's just mental arithmetic that holds you back, then get your ass to the library and start practising! Best way of improving it
. Lol, not many people finish the tests, so don't think you're the only one. Example: The WR one, 30 questions in 2 minutes when I sat it, no-one gets that finished, it's just a case of how WELL you can work at speed