Am i eligible to join the Royal Navy

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  1. I'm hoping someone out there can give me some clear advice with regards to my adequacy in joining the royal navy, I am 24 years old soon to be 25 and have little to none qualifications....

    Additionally I was cautioned by the police a few years back for shop lifting and received a penalty of £80 this is something I am very ashamed to admit so much so that when I called my local careers office I did not mention this fact.. As a result I made payment accordingly and have been out of such activities since. After speaking with my careers office I have been given a date & time to attend a presentation (ICP) very shortly. I now feel extremely excited at the prospect of becoming a rating/specialist but also exceedingly anxious at the thought of being turned away.. I was hoping that you could give me advice on what to do next, I am currently in the process of obtaining a 'subject access request' from my local authorities so that I have sound dates of my offence, however I know it was not longer than 5 years ago so it will be on my record, I think?

    Joining the navy would open many closed doors for me and I do hope that my past will not keep them closed but in any case I am accountable for my actions and their consequences.

    Any responses would be much appreciated
  2. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    You should have declared it when you applied, but they'll find out in any event. I'm sure Ninja Stoker will be along at some stage to give you chapter and verse.
  3. Hey, thanks for your reply (blackrat) thing is I haven't actually applied I was having trouble applying online via the official website so I called my local careers office to see if they could help and before you know it the lady on the phone asked me to come in for a presentation, she didn't ask me if I had any convictions so I didn't mention it.. In hindsight I know I should have.

    Hopefully someone can shed a bit more light on the matter for me, perhaps somebody that has been or are in a similar situation as me. Chapter and verse would also be great :thumbleft:
  4. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    This question and similar related ones about cautions/convictions have been done to death. In the unusual event that Ninja_Stoker (the site recruitment expert) is having a break this weekend, he is unlikely to give you "chapter and verse" until Monday. In the meantime, I would suggest that you use the search function (keywords: "cautions", joining up") and read what has been written before. Good luck! :thumbleft:

    PS: I was a little confused by your statement:

    What previously-closed doors are you referring to? Other than the caution, are there other dark secrets that you haven't declared..? Apologies if I sound suspicious - but I am... :shock:
  5. Have you filled the paper application form in yet? Pretty sure it asks on that and then again on the security clearance so no worries plenty of time to declare it :D or perhaps phone your AFCO for advice on the matter, as for if it makes you ineligable no idea- as everyone has said though, ninja might be along soon!
  6. Rocaby

    On the day of your ICP, which I would imagine is soon, get to the AFCO some time before you are meant to and have a quiet word with one of the CAs. It's better to do that beforehand rather than wait until afterwards, as there will be others asking questions at the end of the ICP.

    In the meantime, you may gain something from this thread:

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