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    submarine shifts?

    hi im not in the navy yet.. but if accepted i will likely be a submariner - i have a query about the 6 on 6 off shift rotation.. does this literally mean that for every 24 hours you work 12 and never have a period of more than 6 hours rest?

    how is is possible to function without 8 hours sleep ? is this a normal concern?

    ive also read that some shift patterns are organised into 18 hour days with 6 working and 12 to rest and play?

    if someone can tell me what really goes on id be grateful - thanks

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    6 on 6 off, best watches in the world. This way you never have more than 6 hours to wait and you can be back in your rack if you want.
    It means with washing and eating you can have 10 hours rack time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    hi im not in the navy yet.. but if accepted i will likely be a submariner - i have a query about the 6 on 6 off shift rotation.. does this literally mean that for every 24 hours you work 12 and never have a period of more than 6 hours rest?

    how is is possible to function without 8 hours sleep ? is this a normal concern?

    ive also read that some shift patterns are organised into 18 hour days with 6 working and 12 to rest and play?

    if someone can tell me what really goes on id be grateful - thanks
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    If you were to become a MESM (unlikely by the sound of it) you would, as a 1 in 3 watchkeeper Aft, get 8 hours off watch every 3rd night. However by the time you have had your (1 in 3) shower and watched a movie you will have about 6 hours left before pre-forenoon watch breakfast. Watchkeeping is the norm for all submariners, if you don't fancy it then try another career.
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    Having been both a back aftie and a fwd watchkeeper both systems have their good and bad points.

    Once you get into it, 6 on 6 off is fine. As has been said you can get 10 hours in your rack per day, just in 5 hour stints. You'll even get spat out once or twice.
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    Propulsion dept watches at sea:
    0300-0700 Morning
    0700-1000 First Forenoon
    1000-1300 Second Forenoon
    1300-1600 Afternoon
    1600-1900 Dogs
    1900-2300 First
    2300-0300 Middle
    First Forenoon watchkeepers are usually required to 'turn to' (work) for an hour or two during the Second Forenoon.
    Most watchkeeping positions have three watchkeepers at sea, and do one watch on, two off; some normally have four, and most will at some point (due to trainees becoming qualified whilst at sea) have periods where they are one-in-four.
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    As a newbie to this forum this may seem like a bit of a daft question... but why don't they do 4 hours on, 8 hours off?? Or are there not 3 watchkeepers?

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    Meal times are 0700. 1300. and 1900. plus one oclockers and tea and stickies at 1600

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    As has been stated there 3 watchkeepers per position back aft in the engine room ( Chief of the watch and engineer Officer of the Watch have 4 each) so do keep 1 in 3 watches. Fwd work 1 in 2 watches (ie 6 hours on, 6 off) and all watches (fwd and aft) are arranged so the watches change over at meal times. The reason back aft don't work straight 4 on, 8 off is so that you don't do the same watches all the times. Different evolutions are carried out in each watch such as daily safety checks so everyone gets to do them. On boats the forenoon watch is split into 1st and 2nd forenoon, in the surface fleet the dogs are split into 1st and last dog watches to enable this to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    how is is possible to function without 8 hours sleep ? is this a normal concern?
    Suck it up buttercup I guess you're in the same boat as me, waiting patiently for a start date?

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