3rd Sep BRNC Joining date, anyone else?

#1
My date has come through for pilot starting the 3rd of Sep, has anyone else on here got the same? I would be raving about this more but i've just returned from a serious camping trip and im exhausted!
 

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#2
shotty13 said:
My date has come through for pilot starting the 3rd of Sep, has anyone else on here got the same? I would be raving about this more but i've just returned from a serious camping trip and im exhausted!
You'll fit in at BRNC well... :wink:
 
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nope it was of the tent variety, sure it was by the beach in Wales and there was a pub nearby.... but i took half as a holiday with friends and half running up and down the hills to get ready for the fitness tests. Timid, i hear you cry and admittedly it was hardly up to scratch with D of E, or anything else for that matter, but considering it was dam freezing, rained, my feet hurt from running and my friends didn't let me get to sleep for a week i feel it was serious ;-)

At least serious enough to defend myself...... poorly!
 

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shotty13 said:
but considering it was dam freezing, rained, my feet hurt from running and my friends didn't let me get to sleep for a week i feel it was serious ;-)
C'mon be honest, did you win the sandcastle contest?
 
#7
I did indeed! With a 6ft high sand statue of myself, pilot joining forms in hand, staring lovingly into a mirror with an undeserved sense of self esteem :p

Of course when i finished i collected my prize, got back in my lotus and sped back home for a long soak in the tub RAF style. Campings tough.

Then again it is hard to take camping criticism from somebody permanently located in the dining room! Your in depth knowledge of the navy and life in general aside that is!
 

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Spookily, I'm off to Wales in a tent myself next week, I kid you not!

You can't beat getting back to nature, scrabbling around on your hands & knees in the mud, bawling & shouting at the wife & kids, not to mention other peoples kids, in an atmoshere similar to a Kurdish refugee camp, with little trails of smoke emitting from each closely-packed tent, a blade of grass floating in every cup of tea, and mud on your knees even if it isn't muddy. (why does that always happen?).

You can't even be subtle going to the loo as the whole indigenous population know your intent when you stride off boldly across the field, frowning, with a bog roll under one arm, Telegraph under t'other.

Ah, bliss. :tp:
 
#9
You should have told us we could have made it a Rum Ration annual holiday! Make sure your camping around Newgale beach, just below St Davids, 5 quid pppn, a huge sandy beach, free hot showers, a pub close prox to towns ect.

and best of all, when you boldly stroll off to the bog you can rest assured that everyone knows your about to do your duty on some of the cleanest toilets in the land!

Btw did i hear it claimed many posts ago that you were an AFCO? if so i don't suppose you are from the London office are you?
 

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#10
Ah, St Davids, Pembrokeshire - beautiful, but Newgale always seemed well named to me. Porth Sely is the place.

shotty13 said:
and best of all, when you boldly stroll off to the bog you can rest assured that everyone knows your about to do your duty on some of the cleanest toilets in the land!?
Hmmn, but not afterwards if you've been on the Guinness. Eeeeew.

shotty13 said:
Btw did i hear it claimed many posts ago that you were an AFCO? if so i don't suppose you are from the London office are you?
Not London am afraid.

Funnily enough heard a good one-sided phone conversation yesterday:

The matelot manning the front desk at an AFCO rings up saying there's an Officer candidate just arrived for an interview.

"Not today there isn't" I replied, hearing this relayed to the candidate.

"Ask to see if he's brought his letter with him." Rustle, rustle...

"The letter says 09:00 on the 20th July" says our matelot.

"Well tell him it's the blummin' 19th" says I.

Message duly relayed, then, from our witty matelot:

"No mate, if I was joking, I'd have said 'Knock, Knock' "
 
#11
haha thats painful! I had a similar situation, only after the bit with the letter the conversation went a bit like this

"Ok, well I was about to go down to a boat show but... ah right well we had you down in our diary for next month... there has obviously been some kind of mistake...... I'm going to fire my secretary.... I'll come down and see you."

It was one of those times that turning up early with the right paperwork really paid off!

Either way your posts reminded me of my AFCO, who i have now found out is away from the office until the 26th.... which isnt very helpful really, i want my pre BRNC brief!
 

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#13
I'm loathe to correct interpretations of acronyms as the mob is awful for them, hence my signature block, the longest I've come across.

But, strictly speaking
AFCO= Armed Forces Careers Office
OCLC= Officer Careers Liaison Centre (Often within an AFCO)
ACLO= Area Careers Liaison Officer (ie: your actual Careers Officer)
OCLO= Officer Careers Liaison Officer (ie: any Careers Officer for officers)
CA= Careers Adviser (For ratings)

I need a lie down now...
 
#15
Thanks Ninja i am duly corrected :p and thanks Pinch

Theres a lot of stuff in the entry pack, a lot of it thinly veiled warning about how tough its going to be! Not to mention a continuation of 'aptitude tests' more leadership exams, a written essay on you life so far ect. Daunting stuff.
 

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