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All Mine Clearance Diving Suspended!

Bish the Fish

Midshipman
Hi guys..

Currently going through MCD. Just finished up the medical with Doc. Called the AFCO to let him know the crack, he called me back 20 mins later saying there is no MCD training happening for the foreseeable future due to some poor guy dying last year... Following a subsequent inquiry, new/modified equipment is needed.

Anyone have any ideas when it's likely to start up again?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Strangely enough, I have not seen anything about this in the Wail / Stun, (nor on any military fora) but I bet we do now......

EXCLUSIVE: All Army diving banned after fatal death while training. Diver's faulty oxygen tanks to blame?
 

Bish the Fish

Midshipman
Failing that, any advice on my current predicament...

Applied to the Divers 2 years ago when I was 28, got an abscess in my arse crack (pilonidal sinus, horrendous, but you get a little morphine every day when they change your dressing) TMU for a year.

Came to apply again but now I'm 30, it's been kicked back again potentially I won't be in until 31/32.

AFCO suggested other roles. RM, but I'm getting on, or RN Police. The problem being, diver is 'the dream'.

Wait it out? Switch?
 

dapperdunn

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Failing that, any advice on my current predicament...

Applied to the Divers 2 years ago when I was 28, got an abscess in my arse crack (pilonidal sinus, horrendous, but you get a little morphine every day when they change your dressing) TMU for a year.

Came to apply again but now I'm 30, it's been kicked back again potentially I won't be in until 31/32.

AFCO suggested other roles. RM, but I'm getting on, or RN Police. The problem being, diver is 'the dream'.

Wait it out? Switch?
Not sure if there are any MCDs on here. Ships Divers and recreational Divers, plenty.
 

SaladDodger

Lantern Swinger
Police force with a diving section ?

MOD plod or Met

Boris says 20,000 will be recruited, but he is a raving looney

41428
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Bish - if your 'dream' was to be RN CD, then becoming a Reggie will not cut it for you! If however you just want to dive, then join up and then scubee-doo every holiday. All shore bases have active sub aqua branches. Not enough of a challenge? Then take on a CCR and start doing 100m wrecks 'for recreation'. You'll need to be in a branch with extra pay to be able to afford that!
 

SaladDodger

Lantern Swinger
Hahaha, no. There's direct entry to Royal Navy Police now.
ACFO recommended that as a second option rather than a diver.

My thought with the police angle was to be a full time diver with them, not be a copper on the beat or a reggie. MOD plod have a section and I'm sure the Met still have full time divers. Worth a look at ?
 

Bish the Fish

Midshipman
Bish - if your 'dream' was to be RN CD, then becoming a Reggie will not cut it for you! If however you just want to dive, then join up and then scubee-doo every holiday. All shore bases have active sub aqua branches. Not enough of a challenge? Then take on a CCR and start doing 100m wrecks 'for recreation'. You'll need to be in a branch with extra pay to be able to afford that!


My thought with the police angle was to be a full time diver with them, not be a copper on the beat or a reggie. MOD plod have a section and I'm sure the Met still have full time divers. Worth a look at ?

Thanks for the advice guys. Divers cut off age is 32 and 364 days so I reckon I'll wait until they back on again and try for that. If not RN Police keep recruiting until 37 so I can still get some of that navy life. The proper plod are looking at mainly looking at graduates now, something I don't have.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Thanks for the advice guys. Divers cut off age is 32 and 364 days so I reckon I'll wait until they back on again and try for that. If not RN Police keep recruiting until 37 so I can still get some of that navy life. The proper plod are looking at mainly looking at graduates now, something I don't have.
Do you have any friends at the moment? If so, hold them close and cherish them, 'cos if you join as a Crusher, you'll have NO RN friends - not even other Crushers. Dog eat dog and all that.

My sneaky senses tell me that 'THEY' are desperate to get some folk in as DE Crushers. If you are keen to get in the RN, ask what other availability there is - I'm sure there will be some...........

Can you cook.....?
 

crash_evans

War Hero
Anyone around here in service and help me out?

I seem to remember when I read it, the security descriptor was OFFICIAL SENSITIVE (old school CONFIDENTIAL), I might be wrong. Even if it was OFFICIAL, it would be (bore off) a bit of a no-no to distribute to anyone not signed up to the OSA. So unlikely you’d get to see it.

The timescale for ‘reactivting’ MCD training isn’t until late 2020 I believe. My oppo is the other DO for the bubbleheads, I remember her saying something like that. Then you will have backlog etc, so it might be a while. We are also very full of AB Divers.

TL:DR, I’d look at alternatives and discuss you options based on RT and your genuine desire for the alternatives.

Good luck in whatever you choose.
 

Rmvm

Newbie
Failing that, any advice on my current predicament...

Applied to the Divers 2 years ago when I was 28, got an abscess in my arse crack (pilonidal sinus, horrendous, but you get a little morphine every day when they change your dressing) TMU for a year.

Came to apply again but now I'm 30, it's been kicked back again potentially I won't be in until 31/32.

AFCO suggested other roles. RM, but I'm getting on, or RN Police. The problem being, diver is 'the dream'.

Wait it out? Switch?
Hi mate have you thought about just becoming a commercial diver?
 
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Guest
If you are really desperate to be a diver I think the Royal Engineers can offer this role. I don't know much about it to be honest but I don't think is as advanced as MCD in the Navy. There should be opportunities to do the All Arms Commando Course or P Company too.

 

Bish the Fish

Midshipman
Hi mate have you thought about just becoming a commercial diver?

I have to be honest, although aways wanted to join the navy and one thing or another has pushed me back, personally tragedies, medical issues, etc. Finally fit, applied and it's all seeming too late. What a bastard !

Commercial stuff is definitely on my radar, currently going through my dive leader with SAA so if all this falls through I'm pretty keen on it.
 

Bish the Fish

Midshipman
I seem to remember when I read it, the security descriptor was OFFICIAL SENSITIVE (old school CONFIDENTIAL), I might be wrong. Even if it was OFFICIAL, it would be (bore off) a bit of a no-no to distribute to anyone not signed up to the OSA. So unlikely you’d get to see it.

The timescale for ‘reactivting’ MCD training isn’t until late 2020 I believe. My oppo is the other DO for the bubbleheads, I remember her saying something like that. Then you will have backlog etc, so it might be a while. We are also very full of AB Divers.

TL:DR, I’d look at alternatives and discuss you options based on RT and your genuine desire for the alternatives.

Good luck in whatever you choose.

(AB Divers? What does the AB stand for? )

Damn......... Seems in up shit creak without a paddle, no boat and I can't swim.
 
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