Another Newbie

sc_06

Newbie
hello everyone,

I'm due to start my basic training on the 12th of november, hopefully joining the ET(ME) branch. I'm mostly looking forward to going but the last minute nerves are slowly but surely kicking in. i just wanted some peoples thoughts of their experience of basic training and generally what they thought of it.

Many thanks,
 
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stirling said:
I am a dummy, I assumed this was where one stuck his or her first post

Apologies sc_o6 :oops:

In a new thread not others :lol:

Anyway, welcome to both of you! Good luck sc_06 and keep us posted!
 
Good luck with it sc.
I'm and old "greeny" stoker electrical in English.
Basic will be a short sharp shock (unless it's changed that much) to you; listen to your instructors - they are actually there to help you - and try 110% all the time. You'll be good at some things where others won't be and vice-versa, so you'll have to help each other out and support each other. It's all about building team players.
Most of the rules you'll have to follow are for a very good reason but may not be explained to due to the fact you have to learn to carry out orders on instinct - not to question them (another side to that I know, but keeping it simple), a simple example:

The RAF and Army can have moustaches - why are we not allowed them?
The answer is: You may well be expected to wear fire-fighting breathing apparatus at any time on a ship - if you have a 'tache you won't get a face seal. Good reason!!

Go with the flow and you'll be alright - it'll be hard work and you'll probably want to quit at some point during basic - DON'T!!
It get's easier once you start your trade training. Looking back it WAS fun - big corporations now use smaller versions of this for "team building" and pay a fortune for it - you'll get it free AND get paid for it!

Good Luck :lol:
 

sc_06

Newbie
cheers for the comment,

To be honest the thing thats making me nervous is the 1.5 miler im doing it now @ 10 mins near enough on the dot but im a bit nervous about the possibillity of failing some part of the physical training course and getting chucked out!
 
sc_06 said:
cheers for the comment,

To be honest the thing thats making me nervous is the 1.5 miler im doing it now @ 10 mins near enough on the dot but im a bit nervous about the possibillity of failing some part of the physical training course and getting chucked out!

With a time like that, you should be fine on the day and it's only natural to be nervous about the RNFT - adrenaline makes you run faster!

As regards the rest of your training, take alhucoll's advice - do the best you can, with a posistive attitude. Pay attention to your instructors and listen to their advice - they are specially selected for that job and they know what they're talking about

If you feel down and things don't seem to be going well, just think "just a little bit more effort" and you should be fine.

Enjoy it!
 
Alhucoll Just one question on your post, are sailors no longer allowed to grow a set? Just curious about the breathing apparatus.
 
A full set is completely different to a 'tache - it was an illustration of rules for a reason. With a full set it has to be requested so that's different from just growing a 'tache, and I doubt you'd be in the fire time with a beard.
 
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