Does any one know how many type 45 destroyers the RN are building?
A week or so ago there was discussion about the time it would take to be advanced to Leading Hand and Petty Officer. The manpower structures for the new units require a higher ratio of leading hands and senior rates to able rates than is currently the case within the Warfare and Engineering branches. To allow these structures to remain sustainable, a streamlined promotion system is being introduced from June 06. Promotion Boards will sit every 4 months (instead of annually) with the aim of pushing through ABs to LH within 3 - 5 years length of service and LH to PO within 7 - 9 years service. Advancement is not automatic, but the majority of candidates will be promoted as soon as they achieve the selection criteria. Other branches will mirror this system as much as possible but there is no guarantee that they will match the speed of promotion achieved by Warfare/Engineering Ratings.
The opportunity for relatively quick promotion has always existed but wasn't easy to achieve. Hopefully this will satisfy the more ambitious of you out there.
Nice one, didn't know about that. It's about time they had a look at it, the ratio of SR's around is in a bad state. My old Div Off, a CPO, should've made WO (he joined as an Air Eng Tiff) and was stuck on Chief after 18 years service - with not much hope of going beyond it, as he said he didn't feel he had much chance of getting an extra 10 years, nor a commission at that stage in his career.
I was in my AFCO today - just to ask when I should stick in my app for Pilot (after prelim exams, after final exams or after I get my result through the door). I was told that I can do it as soon as in the new year, which I'm delighted with. This means that I'll be able to speak to the CLO (LT whoever), get my briefing and my initial interview out the way, pass my exams and go back to my old base for a couple of days. This opposed to the RAF who told me I have to wait till I finish college, and gain my grades (next August!) before I can apply.
A happy Mark.
Ive got me PJFT on friday an ive been told im startin basic in March so cant wait, wohooooo
Yay!!! i passed my PJFT with a time of 11m14s which aint too bad for my first time on a treadmill Yay!!!
Some of the guys that were up in rosyth where from raliegh, and it was a good expirence. Everyone who went there said it was good and the navy must be getting positive feedback otherwise they wouldnt have the thing going if it didnt make any difference.