5 key pillars of maritime

#1
Hi, i am hoping to go to my AIB pretty soon, and have been looking up about the training of becomming an officer. And the Royal Navy website states that in the first week you learn about the 5 Key pillars of maritime, which are as follows:
‘Military’ (including the 518 Course – firing the SA80 personal weapon)
‘Staff’ (including Defence Writing and English training)
‘Command Leadership & Management’
‘Grit / Courage’

I was just wondering whether anyone can tell me a bit more about what they are please.

Thanks.
 
#2
Methinks "Maritime" might be the fifth pillar too, unless BRNC has lost the ability to count.

Give officer_inland a PM, he's at BRNC right now, and has helpfully volunteered himself for questions like these.

Here's what I can tell you however - you'd be assessed on all of these, amongst others:

TERM 1

RN Fitness Test
RN Swim Test
Ex ABLE Command
Maritime Environment
Strategic Studies
ESS Presentation (not the foggiest on that one...)
RN Fitness TEST (PTB - damn those acroynms)
Rule of the Road
Defence Writing
Seamanship
Defence Studies
Navigation
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
Basic Sea Safety Course
Maths & English

TERM 2

IFT Safety Oral Board
IFT Final Oral Board
Rule of the Road
Exercise MARL (Maritime Leadership Exercise)
Strategic Studies
Defence Writing
Second Officer of the Watch

FLIGHT & ATC ONLY

Grading
Maths (Observer)
Maths (Pilot)
 
#6
8O FIVE pillows??

The most you might need might be one - A rolled up Burberry-Lining is tops

Mind you, there will be times that you are sooo tired that you will even kip on a niffers lower lip :wink:
 
#11
Ok thanks teutonic_taffy i will try and get hold of him.

And thanks everyone else for those bits of amusement, i suppose you have to have a sense of humour when you have no other attributes! :wink:

Although i guess you have just shown me the 5 key pillocks!

Thanks again!
 

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#13
dee_muppet said:
Ok thanks teutonic_taffy i will try and get hold of him.

And thanks everyone else for those bits of amusement, i suppose you have to have a sense of humour when you have no other attributes! :wink:

Although i guess you have just shown me the 5 key pillocks!

Thanks again!
Christ mate. You have a lot to learn about Military humour.
 
#17
dee_muppet said:
Hi, i am hoping to go to my AIB pretty soon, and have been looking up about the training of becomming an officer. And the Royal Navy website states that in the first week you learn about the 5 Key pillars of maritime, which are as follows:
‘Military’ (including the 518 Course – firing the SA80 personal weapon)
‘Staff’ (including Defence Writing and English training)
‘Command Leadership & Management’
‘Grit / Courage’

I was just wondering whether anyone can tell me a bit more about what they are please.

Thanks.
Don't worry about any of this, you won't need to know it. They have a limited time and don't need a day by day account of BRNC.

An example answer to the question "tell me about your initial training at BRNC" would be:

Term 1 is 14 weeks and focuses on the transition to military life and leadership. It includes BLD, ABLE and BSSC. Term 2 is 14 weeks, the majority of it is taken up on IFT which lasts 10 weeks, takes place on a capital ship. After this you return to BRNC for 4 weeks which includes fleet board and MARL before passing out. (next phase obviously depends on your branch).

It is that sort of detail, no more. Many people focus on learning the BRNC schedule off by heart and don't learn about the early career/training pipeline for their chosen role so don't forget to look over those initial stages too.
 
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