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AET - few questions.

PedroJJP

Newbie
Hi there lads and lasses :) I'm currently going through the application process to become an AET! (my selection test is on the 8th of February!) I'm currently spending a bit of my time revising, learning a lot about the Navy because I originally wanted to join the RAF but the Navy sounds very exciting and more suited to me :) I know there's already a lot of information out there but I'd just like to get a bit of an insight of what I should expect. I've a n lot of questions I'd like answered, so please bare with me and in advance...I apologise :D

1) During the interview, what sort of questions should I be expected to be asked and should I have an extensive knowledge of all the ships the navy operated? I'd like to come as well prepared as possible :) note, I already have a good knowledge of aircraft and am revising the navy ships:)

2) On the Navy's website, it says that the second promotion I work towards is petty officer. Does this mean that I would have to complete officer training and an extra course relevant to my role? Also is this a guaranteed promotion or is it one of the ranks you have to work extra hard towards to prove yourself (which is what I'm going to be doing, I'm very excited and motivated:D)

3) One concern I have about the Navy is swimming, while I enjoy it lets just say I'm a bit rough around the edges. Do the Navy teach you to become a better swimmer? Currently, I can do a fairly good breast stroke up and down the pool but I'm like a flopping fish when it comes to any other stroke :oops: I wouldn't exactly say I'm confident in my swimming abilities but I really want to be! Any tips or advice would be appreciated.

4) How much time do you get between the interview and the fitness test? I'm working my a** off at the moment to get into shape ready for the 2.4km run. I managed to do it in 10 48 earlier today although that was a one off for sure! Averaging around 13-15 minutes :oops:

5) I spent a couple of years in Air Cadets when I was 14-16. Are the things I achieved there worth mentioning? (I didn't do anything major; I was the team leader recognition in my squadron and I achieved a gold medal in the 100m for interwing athletics.).

6) Is drill similar to what it would be like in the RAF? I take it the Navy have similar drill movements, just different commands shouted by the individual in command?

7) Another question is concerning height. I know it may seem silly but it's always a personal worry. I am 165cm tall or should I say short :D (around 5ft 5). Would this put my at any significant disadvantage during my training? I want to succeed to the best of my ability and be good at what I do.

8) A quick question about the interview! Is it required to wear a full suit or would it be OK to turn up in a pair of Oxford's, black trousers, a smart belt, a shirt and a black tie (with a Windsor Knot ofc;))?

9) Also does anyone have any tips for improving my 1.5 mile time?

10) I know this one is a long shot but when it comes completing my training, would I be able to change my trade if I wanted to? I very much doubt I would but I'm always changing my mind and open to new ideas so would be nice to know if I could or not :D

11) Do I get to choose where I am situated, such as an RNAS or a specific ship or do I get randomly allocated to a ship / base?

12) Final question! Sorry all :D Do I get the opportunity to work with the Army or RAF, for example helping the RAF to repair their aircraft if they are they temporarily short of servicemen etc?

I'm terribly sorry for all the questions but I couldn't help myself :D I'm so excited, committed and am genuinely looking forward to this. One small question which isn't so important..

))) I'm currently studying AS levels which I intend on completing. Would I be able to postpone my placement at HMS Raleigh to complete them and would I also be able to complete A2 while serving in the navy?:)

Thanks for your time all!!!

I'll keep you all updated on how it goes :D
 
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WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
That's a question bank and a half but some answers are..the rank of Petty Officer is not "officer" training per se. You start off as an AB2, once qualified you get to AB1, after exams and a career course you get to Leading Hand, after more experience, more exams and a career course and you get to Petty Officer. After that it's Chief Petty Officer and then Warrant Officer.

No, the Navy won't teach you to be a better swimmer, that's down to you.

Don't worry about drill, empty your head of crab formation dancing and just learn the RN version. Very few of any new entrants have done any drill so you start at square 1.

You MAY get lucky and be able to change branches once you're in and have passed ALL your training. Not guaranteed though.

You can ask for a particular draft, whether you get it or not is up to Drafty, who has a warped sense of humour ;)

It's HMS Raleigh

And height doesn't make any difference Stumpy ;)
 

Real Name

Midshipman
In response to question 1, during my interview questions were asked about my knowledge of life in the RN, 10 weeks of basic training, base locations and aircraft. Keep revising they won't ask you about half the stuff you have looked at but go in confident with your ability.

3 - Go to your local pool and swim, get lessons if you need to, take control of a potential hiccup in your career.

8 - Wear a full suit.

9 - Try to run slightly faster than you did before.
 

PedroJJP

Newbie
Thank you very much for the reply, it means a lot :) I know it's HMS Raleigh:) late night. Brain wasn't working how it should haha :D

Cheers for answering the questions:) especially the one about petty officer, it's nice to know a bit more about it!


That's a question bank and a half but some answers are..the rank of Petty Officer is not "officer" training per se. You start off as an AB2, once qualified you get to AB1, after exams and a career course you get to Leading Hand, after more experience, more exams and a career course and you get to Petty Officer. After that it's Chief Petty Officer and then Warrant Officer.

No, the Navy won't teach you to be a better swimmer, that's down to you.

Don't worry about drill, empty your head of crab formation dancing and just learn the RN version. Very few of any new entrants have done any drill so you start at square 1.

You MAY get lucky and be able to change branches once you're in and have passed ALL your training. Not guaranteed though.

You can ask for a particular draft, whether you get it or not is up to Drafty, who has a warped sense of humour ;)

It's HMS Raleigh

And height doesn't make any difference Stumpy ;)
 

PedroJJP

Newbie
Thanks!!! Really appreciate it. I'll get down to the local pool at some point this weekend and start taking a crack at it :D much appreciated


In response to question 1, during my interview questions were asked about my knowledge of life in the RN, 10 weeks of basic training, base locations and aircraft. Keep revising they won't ask you about half the stuff you have looked at but go in confident with your ability.

3 - Go to your local pool and swim, get lessons if you need to, take control of a potential hiccup in your career.

8 - Wear a full suit.

9 - Try to run slightly faster than you did before.
 

PedroJJP

Newbie
And make sure you mention you were an Air Cadet, they will love that.

Thanks mate. I will do.

EDIT: On a serious note though, what's so terrible about the fact I was in air cadets? Is it illegal to have a change of heart? :D surely it can't be that bad. It must be better than having zero experience at all...
 
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WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
The comments about the air cadets is due to the RAF (crabfats or just crabs) being the junior service who have an easy life compared to pongo's and jack ;)
 

shinson

Lantern Swinger
Hi Pedro,

I have recently completed the process for applying to join as an AET.

Questions you will be asked are not really service specific. They want to know what your interests and hobbies, how does your family think or feel about you applying, financial commitments, do you understand some basic information such as where is basic training, how long for, what is your minimum term etc etc.

I would wear a full suit - as others have said.

For running I followed the 8 week pre fitness course. I ran a 2.4km run in about 15/20 minutes.

Follow the plan and your run will naturally decrease. Also add some interval training in - that has helped me go from 11:30 to 11:12 recently (I am trying to get my tun to sub 11 minutes...my pass time is 11:58 for my age)

Personally I would mention the cadets (they will ask you if you have been a member of any uniformed cadet service or group).

Swimming - like your running you simply have to get it done. Speak to the leisure centre and see if they have an instructor who can assist. When I joined up at 16 we had a lass who turned up and couldn't swim. PTI's got her through it the "Navy" way which as you can imagine wasn't the best.

The only thing you control is how fit you are prior joining! The rest they will teach you or you will learn.

Fitter you are - the less stressful your time will be during basic. No PT remedial stuff means more time for kit :)
 
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