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Advice needed!

Hi all,

I am on here looking for advice and any input would be greatly appreciated. I'll keep it as short as I can:

I am ex RM and recently applied to the RFA, not qualified enough for rating and been rejected for a Seamanship Apprenticeship. The reason given was that I had my Efficient Deckhand Certificate.

I gained this as a Landing Craftsman 15 years ago. I have not used this in a military or civilian capacity in 13 years. A matelot mate made some phone calls and was told that once you have it it is for life.

Is there a way to appeal or a way of your application being taken on individual merit?

A friend did 16 years in the RFA and says on paper I should be okay for the initial sift : ex military, got some experience, not married, no kids, spent a few year working abroad as a civvy, etc etc. So it obviously it seems a bit ludicrous to be rejected for having a cert I gained and haven't used in so long.

I'm just after a bit advice before I start making phone calls and getting passed pillar to post.

Thanks in advance.

PS None of the other roles available really interest me unfortunately.
 

Random

Lantern Swinger
The reason given was that I had my Efficient Deckhand Certificate.

Do you have that in writing from them? as it does sound a little confused! though on further thought it may be them saying that since you already have an EDH you should be applying as a qualified person, rather than for the apprenticeship.

Unfortunately it does sound like you will have to fight them for a better explanation so you can plan your next move. If it is because they believe you are overqualified for the course, perhaps aim for a higher one and ask for a deck cadetship?
 

Canoe

Lantern Swinger
Bad luck and hopefully you can get some clarification.

Do you mind if I ask how far you got through the process before being knocked back? Have you sat the RT and filled in the paper supplementary application forms they send out? Or did your knockback come purely from the online application?
 
Do you have that in writing from them?
Yes, it says as much on the rejection letter: 'The reason being...' etc.

you should be applying as a qualified person, rather than for the apprenticeship.
I am massively under qualified to apply for a rating post unfortunately. The letter also stated this.

how far you got through the process
First hurdle, after the online application. Maybe there was a lot of applications and it was a way of whittling them down?

ask for a deck cadetship?
I dropped out of uni (Newcastle: Architecture and Urban Planning) last year so I needed Higher Education quals to get that far, however you need some form of science grade for a cadetship and I have none.


I will be ringing up to see if I can get some clarification. I was just wanting to pick peoples brains on here first.

Thanks all so far.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
I guess you may fall between the cracks as a former RM LC but with a significant break in service. An LC otherwise is probably higher qualified than a deckhand with regard seamanship and navigation qualifications.

It maybe worth writing a letter to the originator to ask whether an application would be considered as a trained deckhand in light of your currency - certainly worth an ask.

Good luck.
 
Hi all,

I've decided to run with my Plan B after this initial clusterfudge, so now loaded on a Arboriculture course in Sept. Time to branch out, etc etc...

Thanks for the advice and replies.

Cheers.
 
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