About the Submarine Service.

Focus_343

Newbie
Hi everyone

I'm currently employed as a reservist, but as soon as I finish college I'm going to join the regulars.

I'm pretty interested in going into the submarine service, but the AFCO, being the AFCO can only give me pamphlets and a quick, MOD approved summary of what a submariner does.

Can anyone give me a better insight into what being a submariner is really like, and especially, the advantages and disadvantages of being a submariner as opposed to a skimmer?

Cheers in advance.
 

Graf

Lantern Swinger
I suppose it depends on you own view if it's an advantage or disadvantage, but you'll come out of the boat stinking having not washed in 6 months :D
 

Joe_Crow

War Hero
Graf said:
I suppose it depends on you own view if it's an advantage or disadvantage, but you'll come out of the boat stinking having not washed in 6 months :D

As a sprog skimmer, you know this how?
 

Focus_343

Newbie
I probably should have been more specific, thanks for pointing that out Drakey
I just mean, in general, you hear all these dits and I just wanted some real submariners (because we don't have any at my unit) to clear it up for me, stuff like -
Is it true that food on submarines is better?
Or that discipline and uniform standards are relaxed on submarines?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Focus_343 said:
I probably should have been more specific, thanks for pointing that out Drakey
I just mean, in general, you hear all these dits and I just wanted some real submariners (because we don't have any at my unit) to clear it up for me, stuff like -
Is it true that food on submarines is better?
Or that discipline and uniform standards are relaxed on submarines?

In answer to your questions.

IMO yes and definitely yes
 

Polycell

War Hero
Focus_343 said:
I probably should have been more specific, thanks for pointing that out Drakey
I just mean, in general, you hear all these dits and I just wanted some real submariners (because we don't have any at my unit) to clear it up for me, stuff like -
Is it true that food on submarines is better?
Or that discipline and uniform standards are relaxed on submarines?
Nope to both those questions
 

Joe_Crow

War Hero
Focus_343 said:
I probably should have been more specific, thanks for pointing that out Drakey
I just mean, in general, you hear all these dits and I just wanted some real submariners (because we don't have any at my unit) to clear it up for me, stuff like -
Is it true that food on submarines is better?
Or that discipline and uniform standards are relaxed on submarines?
I have to disagree with both Poly and the Wrecker on this, as the answers to all those are yes and no.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Food generally OK - sometimes brilliant! It depends on the Grocer and then the Cooks.

If you call being able to wear virtually what you want and grow hair, beard, moustache etc while on patrol, then yes again. Even the orifices used to wera black or pale blue shirts at sea. But all back in the RN when the lid opens again.
 

Focus_343

Newbie
That does sound quite good, actually.
I've heard a lot about relatively rapid promotion in the Submarine Service as well, is there truth in that, or is it just something they say at the AFCO?
 

Graf

Lantern Swinger
Joe_Crow said:
Graf said:
I suppose it depends on you own view if it's an advantage or disadvantage, but you'll come out of the boat stinking having not washed in 6 months :D

As a sprog skimmer, you know this how?

By using my nose as I walk past them... How else? :p
 

Joe_Crow

War Hero
Focus_343 said:
... is there truth in that, or is it just something they say at the AFCO?

They tend not to tell too many lies.

The only branch where you will get quick promotion to Leading Hand as a matter of course (at the moment) is MA(SM), where the lure of early promotion is being used as a recruiting tool. (Not the way I would do it, but it's not my branch.)
 
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