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Yeh i was in Rosyth... a long way to go, i went to faslane to, what an amazing place, its massive. Took about a 15min drive to get out of the base, its like a city. But all was good
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Yeah he'd finished at Raleigh a month or so ago. At Sultan now. I don't really know much about the navy but he's training to be an MEM... i think that's what it's called.
Yes he has made a comment or two on the lasses down there. (I don't think they're his type, to put it nicely!)
I'm not too worried about him cheating, no. I wouldn't say his standards are low neither! :rolleyes: hehe

He's gone sailing across to France this week. They were suppose to go to Wales but the staff forgot to order the equipment or something! Great organisation chaps!

I get annoyed at times when I trying to talk on the phone and some of the *cough* eejits *cough* who he shares a mess with are always shouting and being, basically w**kers!
He's enjoying it anyway, apart from missing me :love:
Ahh, I have a couple of MEM mates down there just now, they are LH's though, so doubt he'd know them but to look at. You should be swatting up, so you can amaze him with how much you know about his job when you see him!

Lol yeah, they're just plain hanging (to put it lightly). Haha, I was in a funny mood - didn't know if you'd pick up on the low standards comment, no offence intended .

Haha, yeah - probably down the Brecons. Silly buggers eh? Never rely on SR's! Sailing sounds nice, we did a lot of it in the Navy: great fun.

Lol, I bet. 15 guys in a mess and one guy is talking to his chick it's natural for the others to get jealous and try to spoil it though, lol . Aww, well thats nice. I cheated on my chick a lot while in the Navy. Meh, before and after too:rolleyes:.

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You should be swatting up, so you can amaze him with how much you know about his job when you see him!
Ha ha ha!
All I know is the holidays don't seem so great and the pay is not so fantastic. However it seems great fun!

I find some things he tells me rather funny. One night when they were still at Raleigh some of the guys in his mess made a "cricket ball" out of some rolled up socks and used part of a vaccum cleaner for the bat.

They continued in attempting to recreate The Ashes, with various sound effects, such as "Noiiicee one, Shaaaayynnne!"
They ended up batting the "ball" too hard and smashed a window! :rolleyes:

I found it really funny when he told me about it! They were absolutely s**ting themselves at what the staff would say! Ha ha. They got off lightly though! I can just imagine it... "What's the moral of this story?" "Don't mess around playing cricket with socks and a vacuum cleaner in the mess, staff" (I think they have to say staff at the end, not so sure though!)

My sister was in the army, so I kind of know 'roughly' what goes on in the forces! I've contemplated joining up before today (not the navy) but one of the forces, however they don't appear to let females join the household cavalry! So continue on with the education for me!
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Does any one know how many type 45 destroyers the RN are building?
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The current contract with BAE SYSTEMS is for the first six ships of a class of eight.
Found here
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I won't tell you what happened with a hoover in my mess, just that it involved a guy, with his trousers to his knees and a video phone - the rest is up to your imagination !

'Staff' is when he first started out, and didn't know what the rank of the person he was speaking to was, ie 'Chief' for CPO, 'Sir' for WO1/2 etc. Thereafter they should be called by their respective rank.

A few of my mates are sparkes on the new Type-45's.

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(Original post by djmarkmclachlan)
I won't tell you what happened with a hoover in my mess, just that it involved a guy, with his trousers to his knees and a video phone - the rest is up to your imagination !

'Staff' is when he first started out, and didn't know what the rank of the person he was speaking to was, ie 'Chief' for CPO, 'Sir' for WO1/2 etc. Thereafter they should be called by their respective rank.

A few of my mates are sparkes on the new Type-45's.

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Well it seems im going in the navy just at the right time to join the new type 45's that are coming out! Well i proberly wont get a placement on one though, i think there building 15 type 45's the first 8 are bea systems though. I was also told that i will be trained on the new and different search and destroy operating systems (sdpamms) at my training camp in collinwood as there installing the new stuff to train recruits on the new systems that a type 45 will have and by 2012 we should have some new aircraft carriers to which look pretty cool. We will be a bigger and better force than ever before... the future looks bright blue for the royal navy
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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.
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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.
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(Original post by djmarkmclachlan)
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.
Good news... I thought we'd lost you to the light blues
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Ive got me PJFT on friday an ive been told im startin basic in March so cant wait, wohooooo
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Ive got me PJFT on friday an ive been told im startin basic in March so cant wait, wohooooo
Thats good news, make sure you pass!
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(Original post by OldSubmariner)
Good news... I thought we'd lost you to the light blues
I think given the choice, I'd pick the RN - flying a Lynx in the middle of the night onto the back of a frigate, with only 10 people including my Aircrew working on the aircraft in the ships company - is very appealing to me. However, if I'm unsuccessful I shall try the Crabs too, even the Pongos - if they'll give me the chance to fly for them! And ofcourse, as you are aware - they Navy's uniform is the best.

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Ive got me PJFT on friday an ive been told im startin basic in March so cant wait, wohooooo
Great stuff, good luck with your PJFT - if it's tough, slog it out - only gotta pass and you're jamming. Also, good luck with your chosen career in the Navy, hope it all works out well for you.

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Yay!!! i passed my PJFT with a time of 11m14s which aint too bad for my first time on a treadmill Yay!!!
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Yay!!! i passed my PJFT with a time of 11m14s which aint too bad for my first time on a treadmill Yay!!!
Well done mate, you have praticly passed the selection test now, even though i failed on my first attempt i passed mine on my second with a time of 11:24, I hate running with a passion but there we are. Its the same on the road really apart from you dont know how fast your running and its different from the minds prospective. You might get offered the pre-entry course up in rosyth, if not, mention it to your AFCO and they will send you up there, i strongly recommend you go as it will give you a clear head what lays ahead, and its a lot of fun to!

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I hate running with a passion
Good luck for Basic. You'll be doing plenty of it.

(Original post by tricky_rn)
You might get offered the pre-entry course up in rosyth, if not, mention it to your AFCO and they will send you up there, i strongly recommend you go as it will give you a clear head what lays ahead, and its a lot of fun to!
Not required. Don't ask your AFCO. You should already have a good idea of what to expect from your Basic, and Specialist trainings, and an idea of how your career will pan out. If not, you'll find out when the time comes.

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Good luck for Basic. You'll be doing plenty of it.



Not required. Don't ask your AFCO. You should already have a good idea of what to expect from your Basic, and Specialist trainings, and an idea of how your career will pan out. If not, you'll find out when the time comes.

Mark
I have to dis-agree with you on that one Mark! I never said that its required but its there to give you a taste of the Navy and a chance to ask the people that currently serve in it, i learnt alot from being up in scotland and got a good understanding of what il be doing and to ask any questions to the staff. You also get to visit a sub if your going in as submariner which most people would of never seen before and or a ship. Not like an AFCO office, also it made one bloke who was there change his mind from OM (C) to OM (W) so it goes to show whats on offer. It does give you a head start before going into raleigh with drill's and the staff give you little pointers and cheats ect.. but its better than looking at the navy website and i think its a great idea from the navy for potential recruits.

Yes i dont like running... but what ever it takes
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How does it give you a taste of the Navy though? If you're joining the FAA, or any skimmer trades, why go find out about going UW? I'm sure its nice to speak to the staff, but remember they don't know any more than the guy who interviews you; seeing as the CPO/WO who interviews you is from your chosen branch. Indeed they won't have seen one, their top secret See, now that shows that guy wasn't prepared for his career, and that shouldn't happen. He didn't like the look of the job before he's even in. Shows how much thought went into choosing his branch. Drills? What? You shouldn't be looking for cheats though mate, do what they say and you might find yourself in trouble remember they are out in the fleet, not going through selection/basic, it's a totally different game out there. I'm sure it was fun, but it's not essential which is why they don't send many folk there.

You'll learn to like it then

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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.
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