Advice and training

Subb0

Midshipman
Hello I posted as a guest a while ago and really just following up (Been checking the forum for a while) anyhow I wanted some advice if you would be so kind. I'm currently at my first year of university and I want to join the navy after my three year course (I’m going to see the careers officer at xmas (when I go home) And I wanted any advice you could give me. Especially training like what I can do I’m not the biggest build and want to build my self up and be able to pass the fitness test. Also my spelling grammar and math’s is very good will this affect me? I really really wanted to join the armed force (the navy would best fit me i think) and feel a great duty to do so and think it would do me some good and would really appreciate any advice /recommendations you could give sorry if it sounds somewhat silly I just hope I have access to my uni’s gym and I can go to a swimming pool down town (I haven’t looked at it) sorry if this sounds a little silly and thanks again.
I'm 20 and male thanks
 

ET(WE)Sutton

Lantern Swinger
depends if ur joinin as an officer or as a raiting..... the fitness test is really easy 12min 30sec to run 1.5 miles easy.... i got mine down to 10min 12sec....

its not ur build its how hard u push urself....
 
Subb0 said:
I wanted some advice if you would be so kind. I'm currently at my first year of university and I want to join the navy after my three year course

Hi Subb,

Welcome back!

What advice you get will really depend on whether you want to join as an officer or rating, and which branch you're intent on joining.

What degree are you doing and what type of career are you looking for? The Careers Office will give you a lot of good advice, as will the RN site here, but let us know what preferences you have and we'll do our best!
 

Berniephot

Badgeman
for fitness just run and swim a lot and you'll be fine. aim to be able to do 3 mile in under 20 mins without feeling completely knackered at the end of it. then in the afternoon do it again. then when you feel you could do it all again the next day you will be ready.
 

Subb0

Midshipman
I'm doing photographic arts (It took my interest probably not the most relevant to the nay!) I would like to join as an officer but I'm unsure if I would cope as I said my spelling etc. is not the best. Definitely surface fleet. I'm looking for a pretty permanent career where I can meet lots of people and make lots of friends serve my country and see the world. Okay And I’ll start running but I'm pretty bad at mo I'll keep going thanks so far guys. I was in some ways thinking the careers office may help me find a job to more suit me but at moment I was thinking officer, surface fleet not too sure what as i see quite a few people going as warfare
 
Subb0 said:
I was thinking officer, surface fleet not too sure what as i see quite a few people going as warfare

Warfare Specialisation is a good area to get into - plenty of opportunities and high quality training with good variety when you get out into the Fleet.

Have you had a look at the careers section of the RN Website?
 

Subb0

Midshipman
I'm in Newport (south Wales) the nearest URNU is Cardiff I didn't know about it because it was at Cardiff fresher fayre not mine so I can't apply for it this year but should be able to next year. Not sure about RNR as my course is a full time course good thing about URNU is it fits around my course I phoned them up and they said as long as I don't mind traveling to Cardiff I should be able to apply on my second year.
I looked at website but I think it may be easier when I got to careers office so they can explain it.
 
Subb0,

Everyone has to pass an aptitude test, so you will have the opportunity to show off your maths skills there. This will open up plenty of career routes for you. Your grammar, from your post, isn't so good but they don't test for that. The English portion of the test are questions like, 'book is to read as film is to...?'. And it's all multiple choice.

As for fitness, i believe you can achieve anything as long as you give yourself time to take it all in tiny steps. After each run (for example), give yourself something to congratulate yourself for, such as having cut ione minute off your run time or suchlike. Having a small positive experience each time made me feel like i could do the test.

Let us know how you get on.
 

nutty_bag

War Hero
Bit of a tip on spelling and grammer!! Try not to use the spell check facility on your P.C when reading through your college assignments as it is lazy and to be fair it isn't demonstrating aptitude. Also. Check out whether you have a Learn Direct centre near to where you live. You can do equivalent GCSE courses there in Maths and English that are free and may help you. If nothing else passing this course with show initiative and commitment when you come to apply for the RN/RNR

N.B
 

slim

War Hero
Subb0 said:
I'm doing photographic arts (It took my interest probably not the most relevant to the nay!) I would like to join as an officer but I'm unsure if I would cope as I said my spelling etc. is not the best. Definitely surface fleet. I'm looking for a pretty permanent career where I can meet lots of people and make lots of friends serve my country and see the world. Okay And I’ll start running but I'm pretty bad at mo I'll keep going thanks so far guys. I was in some ways thinking the careers office may help me find a job to more suit me but at moment I was thinking officer, surface fleet not too sure what as i see quite a few people going as warfare

Why is it when someone gets a degree that they immediately feel life owes them a better lifestyle. In these current times Micky mouse degrees are two a penny. With a totally irrelevant degree you would be of more use to the RN as a rating, serve for a couple of years and then apply for a commission.
 

nutty_bag

War Hero
slim said:
Subb0 said:
I'm doing photographic arts (It took my interest probably not the most relevant to the nay!) I would like to join as an officer but I'm unsure if I would cope as I said my spelling etc. is not the best. Definitely surface fleet. I'm looking for a pretty permanent career where I can meet lots of people and make lots of friends serve my country and see the world. Okay And I’ll start running but I'm pretty bad at mo I'll keep going thanks so far guys. I was in some ways thinking the careers office may help me find a job to more suit me but at moment I was thinking officer, surface fleet not too sure what as i see quite a few people going as warfare

Why is it when someone gets a degree that they immediately feel life owes them a better lifestyle. In these current times Micky mouse degrees are two a penny. With a totally irrelevant degree you would be of more use to the RN as a rating, serve for a couple of years and then apply for a commission.

There are many arguments for and against your statement. I agee that young people should get out and get some life experience before undertaking a higher education course as this helps them to grow in themselves. However. sometimes there is a need to gain such a qualification first in order to get on in their chosen profession and without any apprenticeships these days this is their best method of doing so.

N.B University from 26-30 years old
 
Slim, i think it's more a symptom of how society is right now. Kids are expected to go to university, for anything, and then they feel they need a job which reflects the work they've done. Which is fair, but it doesn't happen this way. I think society needs to promote non-degree jobs and careers. I'd personally rather join as a rating anyway! I'm not sure anyone would want to listen to me as an officer without any experience! I rate life skills over degrees, but that's a personal preference.
 
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