Age and Officers

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by Epaminondas, Feb 4, 2010.

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  1. Hi All,

    I'm looking to join up as a rating (I've got the psychometric test in March) and I was hoping for the Warfare Specialism. I didn't wan't to join as an officer immediately as I've been a manager for the last few years and have not enjoyed the leadership part of the job and, in any case, I'm too old (28) to join as a warfare officer. I was just wondering, if, in the future, I decide to go for the AIB, are the age limits still enforced, or do they apply only to new entrants?

    Apologies if this is answered elsewhere, I did search but couldn't find it.
  2. Thanks Soleil, yes I did look at Logistics Officer but it didn't really appeal. I think I'll be happy following the rating career track as a Warfare Specialist but I was curious about the opportunities to try for Officer. Thanks for metioning the Upper Yardman scheme - I think that's exactly what I'm looking for; just didn't know the right term.
  3. For clarification purposes.
    Managers in a civilian job do not equate to occifers in the RN
    Civilians use the term extremely loosely and many managers have few if any academic qualifications.
    However if you do have the required educational qualifications to enter as an occifer then go for it, it' easier to join as an occifer then progress through the ranks.
  4. Didn't mean to imply that it was the same thing - it's just that I know that I'm not a natural leader so I'm probably better off as a rating even if I've got the academic qualifications for officer. Then, if I feel I'm up to it I can try to go for the officer role once I've seen how they work first-hand. If not, I'm perfectly happy to be a rating.
  5. Hello Epaminondas

    ....As befits the noblest and ablest of all the Hellenes. :wink:

    (Cannot whack the Google....)

  6. You're too old already to be an Upper Yardsman, however once you reach the rank of Petty Officer you'll be eligible to become a Senior Upper Yardsman and get a commission that way.

    Very much a long way round, but it's the only way you're going to become anything other than a Logistics Officer at your age.
  7. Thanks captainobvious - that't exactly what I needed to know. I'm definately not joining on the assumption that I'll make Officer but it's nice to know it won't be completely impossible.

    BreathingOutOnTheWayUp - Yes, bit of a poor choice of name for a sheep like me - perhaps change it to something like 'Happytobeahelot'?

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