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snapdragon said:
You're right on account of the time flying! Wrong about the first time i said! I think i said about twice before this, even! Never mind, doesn't matter!

I think if i knew when my HMS Caledonia date was, then i'd be able to look forward to it and maybe know if i'm making the right choice.

What's the date for the HMS Caledonia all about?

Is that where you'll join after your basic?

If it is, why do you need to know the date? Isn't it around 8-10 weeks after you start basic?
 
No, HMS Caledonia is a week long course before you go to basic. You don't have to do it but i want to. It's a sort of introduction to Navy life. People who attend are less likely to drop out of basic (either because it's less of a shock or because if they didn't enjoy Cally, they won't attempt basic).

After basic, i'm going to HMS Sultan. Looking forward to that, too!
 
snapdragon said:
No, HMS Caledonia is a week long course before you go to basic. You don't have to do it but i want to. It's a sort of introduction to Navy life. People who attend are less likely to drop out of basic (either because it's less of a shock or because if they didn't enjoy Cally, they won't attempt basic).

After basic, i'm going to HMS Sultan. Looking forward to that, too!

Wow, if I pass to get in, can I do that HMS Caledonia course?

I know I've had experience of Army basic which I've heard is a bit tougher than Navy basic, but it'll still give me the old feel again! lol

Should I suggest it at very first interview when I go down to fill an application out, or should I wait until I've passed?
 
creddly said:
Jedi_Master said:
You seem desperate to know the info so here you go....
Visit your local AFCO for intial interview and pick up your application pack.
Take the pack home and fill it in send it back, you will then recieve an invitation to attend the RT test along with a test booklet to try at home. Depending on your test results and how busy your AFCO is you will probably get your formal interview a week or so later. The next step is your medical and then you will have to do your fitness test in your own time usually within 28 days. These stages are all dependant on your particular AFCO, they will explain their process to you during your initail interview.

Remember this though.......You are one step away from starting a great adventure that may last 22 years !!!

lol thanks Jedi. I would go tomorrow to AFCO, but I'm giving it until 12ft Feb, and if I haven't got a job by then, I'm going to AFCO regardless.

I'm also trying to put it off, so I can lose more weight and get fitter in time for the physical test.

snapdragon said:
Hi Creddly, hope it's all going ok for you.

Accurate timescale is difficult to judge. My process, from AFCO visit to joining, as you know, took nine months and that was short! My best friend (hollyhopster over at e-goat) is having her fitness test in a week's time i think, and the process, so far, has taken little under two months! And i do anticipate her leaving for basic before i go in May.

Just keep a reasonable level of fitness in case it all happens quickly. You'd manage it anyway because you have to, but nothing wrong with keeping on top of things. Keep us posted!

Edit: It hasn't taken nine months, it will be nine months by the time i join!


She's been luck then eh snappy? lol

Wish her luck from me for her fitness test.

What date are you going in again Snappy?

Sorry if you've said.


Hi Creddly, just a point to note I went to Area recruitment evening begining of last Sept, I started basic training on the 8th Jan of this year, so I would get cracking with your fitness NOW!! PM me if you want more info .

Good luck.
 
rugger_bob said:
creddly said:
Jedi_Master said:
You seem desperate to know the info so here you go....
Visit your local AFCO for intial interview and pick up your application pack.
Take the pack home and fill it in send it back, you will then recieve an invitation to attend the RT test along with a test booklet to try at home. Depending on your test results and how busy your AFCO is you will probably get your formal interview a week or so later. The next step is your medical and then you will have to do your fitness test in your own time usually within 28 days. These stages are all dependant on your particular AFCO, they will explain their process to you during your initail interview.

Remember this though.......You are one step away from starting a great adventure that may last 22 years !!!

lol thanks Jedi. I would go tomorrow to AFCO, but I'm giving it until 12ft Feb, and if I haven't got a job by then, I'm going to AFCO regardless.

I'm also trying to put it off, so I can lose more weight and get fitter in time for the physical test.

snapdragon said:
Hi Creddly, hope it's all going ok for you.

Accurate timescale is difficult to judge. My process, from AFCO visit to joining, as you know, took nine months and that was short! My best friend (hollyhopster over at e-goat) is having her fitness test in a week's time i think, and the process, so far, has taken little under two months! And i do anticipate her leaving for basic before i go in May.

Just keep a reasonable level of fitness in case it all happens quickly. You'd manage it anyway because you have to, but nothing wrong with keeping on top of things. Keep us posted!

Edit: It hasn't taken nine months, it will be nine months by the time i join!


She's been luck then eh snappy? lol

Wish her luck from me for her fitness test.

What date are you going in again Snappy?

Sorry if you've said.


Hi Creddly, just a point to note I went to Area recruitment evening begining of last Sept, I started basic training on the 8th Jan of this year, so I would get cracking with your fitness NOW!! PM me if you want more info .

Good luck.

Thanks for the advice Rugger Bob!

I'm off down on the 8h (This month) and I'm going to apply!

I'm then going to start the old training asap!
 
Oh, and because I'm going down next Thursday, is there any knowledge on ships, naval history, etc that would help me?

Or is it too early?

I've just read on the website that you don't really need to know until your main interview!

But it's still better to get a head start am I right?
 
creddly said:
Oh, and because I'm going down next Thursday, is there any knowledge on ships, naval history, etc that would help me?

Or is it too early?

I've just read on the website that you don't really need to know until your main interview!

But it's still better to get a head start am I right?

Stop worrying you will be fine, just be yourself, don't try and be something you are not!!

At the interview, they are just seeing that you are what you say you are , in relation to your application form, most of the questions are based around that, job, interests, family , fitness, why you wanted to join the Navy.

I would suggest to read a little on your job (branch) you are applying for and just a little on the Royal Navy, dates, history- but nothing in vast detail, just so you have a feel for it, DONT GO OVER BOARD WITH YOUR PREP !!!!!!,JUST RELAX.

KEEP SMILING
 
rugger_bob said:
creddly said:
Oh, and because I'm going down next Thursday, is there any knowledge on ships, naval history, etc that would help me?

Or is it too early?

I've just read on the website that you don't really need to know until your main interview!

But it's still better to get a head start am I right?

Stop worrying you will be fine, just be yourself, don't try and be something you are not!!

At the interview, they are just seeing that you are what you say you are , in relation to your application form, most of the questions are based around that, job, interests, family , fitness, why you wanted to join the Navy.

I would suggest to read a little on your job (branch) you are applying for and just a little on the Royal Navy, dates, history- but nothing in vast detail, just so you have a feel for it, DONT GO OVER BOARD WITH YOUR PREP !!!!!!,JUST RELAX.

KEEP SMILING

lol okay cheers rugger bob

So you're in basic now are you? Or just passed?
 
Hi Credders,

I got asked about HMS Cally when i got my date, which for me was in person, but for most i suppose it's over the phone. It's optional, but you don't need to ask before you get your date. Though it might be a nice talking point in your interview (which, when it comes, you will enjoy!).
 
snapdragon said:
Hi Credders,

I got asked about HMS Cally when i got my date, which for me was in person, but for most i suppose it's over the phone. It's optional, but you don't need to ask before you get your date. Though it might be a nice talking point in your interview (which, when it comes, you will enjoy!).

Thanks again Snapdragon!

I will make sure to bring it up! lol

How long is it before May 27th then? When you go to Cally I mean?

Lol I've gained some top advice from this site - If I hadn't found this website and you great people, I would be going into these interviews blind! lol
 

Izza77

Midshipman
Hi Fellas,

I am a Kellick Writer in the Australian Navy (RAN) and am going through the steps for joining the RN.

I have an interview and testing in April of this year.

I have some questions which I am consistently getting inconsistent answers on from former RN'ers who have joing the Aussie Navy.

Is the compulsary retirement age in the RN 40?

If I join at age 26 does this mean that I will only be able to serve 14 years and thus not be eligible for a pension or does it mean I can serve for a maximum of 18 years and thus retire at 44?

Its a bit more straight forward here, once 55 you get the flick.

Thanks for your help lads!

-Ian
 

mikh

MIA
I've been out for a while Izza (left in 95), but no the compulsary leaving age was not 40, I went in at age 25 and could have done the 22, but I think the 22 has now been replaced by a 18 year contract, although I'm not too sure about that one.
 
Hi again people - more advice please!

I didn't want to make a new thread because I've made so many and clogged up the forum, so I thought I'd ask here.

I phoned AFCO in Cardiff today and told them I'd found my Army Discharge Papers and the Officer said to come down and fill out an application.

Anyway, I told him I'd be down Thursday but I don't know what to wear.

Should I wear the Shoes, Trousers, Smart-Casual Button-up cotton sweater with Collar and Lambswool coat I wore to the presentation?

Or is it suit and tie time? - Or is that when I go back down for the first interview?

Any help would be great thanks.

If I don't get a response by 12pm tomorrow, I'll have to make a new thread because I'm going out to get a haircut and shoe polish ready for Thursday. :grin:
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
Izza77 said:
Hi Fellas,

I am a Kellick Writer in the Australian Navy (RAN) and am going through the steps for joining the RN.

I have an interview and testing in April of this year.

I have some questions which I am consistently getting inconsistent answers on from former RN'ers who have joing the Aussie Navy.

Is the compulsary retirement age in the RN 40?

If I join at age 26 does this mean that I will only be able to serve 14 years and thus not be eligible for a pension or does it mean I can serve for a maximum of 18 years and thus retire at 44?

Its a bit more straight forward here, once 55 you get the flick.

Thanks for your help lads!

-Ian

You are getting conflicting advice because things have and still are changing. Currently 40 is not the compulsory retirement age, you can still sign on for 22 years so if you join up at at 26 you would leave having completed your time at 48, unless you you were offered and accepted a second open engagement of either 5 or 10 years. The new pension scheme AFP 05 allows for you to be eligible for a pension from the 18 year point. However things are changing, the RN is soon to launch the Flexible career structure, I have heard some rumour about this but would not want to mislead you with potentially incorrect info.

Hope this helps, someone else may know more about the flexi career?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
creddly said:
Hi again people - more advice please!

I didn't want to make a new thread because I've made so many and clogged up the forum, so I thought I'd ask here.

I phoned AFCO in Cardiff today and told them I'd found my Army Discharge Papers and the Officer said to come down and fill out an application.

Anyway, I told him I'd be down Thursday but I don't know what to wear.

Should I wear the Shoes, Trousers, Smart-Casual Button-up cotton sweater with Collar and Lambswool coat I wore to the presentation?

Or is it suit and tie time? - Or is that when I go back down for the first interview?

Any help would be great thanks.

If I don't get a response by 12pm tomorrow, I'll have to make a new thread because I'm going out to get a haircut and shoe polish ready for Thursday. :grin:

Creddly just look smart, casual, clean and tidy wear something you feel comfortable in and polish your shoes. :wink:
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
chieftiff said:
creddly said:
Hi again people - more advice please!

I didn't want to make a new thread because I've made so many and clogged up the forum, so I thought I'd ask here.

I phoned AFCO in Cardiff today and told them I'd found my Army Discharge Papers and the Officer said to come down and fill out an application.

Anyway, I told him I'd be down Thursday but I don't know what to wear.

Should I wear the Shoes, Trousers, Smart-Casual Button-up cotton sweater with Collar and Lambswool coat I wore to the presentation?

Or is it suit and tie time? - Or is that when I go back down for the first interview?

Any help would be great thanks.

If I don't get a response by 12pm tomorrow, I'll have to make a new thread because I'm going out to get a haircut and shoe polish ready for Thursday. :grin:

Creddly just look smart, casual, clean and tidy wear something you feel comfortable in and polish your shoes. :wink:

That'll be the little black off the shoulder evening number and the four inch heels then.

Creddy have you sorted the official numbers into ascending order yet?
 

Izza77

Midshipman
thanks for your help guys......now it makes a bit more sense as to why it doesnt necessarily make sense!

I won't mention the Ashes now

chieftiff said:
Izza77 said:
Hi Fellas,

I am a Kellick Writer in the Australian Navy (RAN) and am going through the steps for joining the RN.

I have an interview and testing in April of this year.

I have some questions which I am consistently getting inconsistent answers on from former RN'ers who have joing the Aussie Navy.

Is the compulsary retirement age in the RN 40?

If I join at age 26 does this mean that I will only be able to serve 14 years and thus not be eligible for a pension or does it mean I can serve for a maximum of 18 years and thus retire at 44?

Its a bit more straight forward here, once 55 you get the flick.

Thanks for your help lads!

-Ian

You are getting conflicting advice because things have and still are changing. Currently 40 is not the compulsory retirement age, you can still sign on for 22 years so if you join up at at 26 you would leave having completed your time at 48, unless you you were offered and accepted a second open engagement of either 5 or 10 years. The new pension scheme AFP 05 allows for you to be eligible for a pension from the 18 year point. However things are changing, the RN is soon to launch the Flexible career structure, I have heard some rumour about this but would not want to mislead you with potentially incorrect info.

Hope this helps, someone else may know more about the flexi career?
 
janner said:
chieftiff said:
creddly said:
Hi again people - more advice please!

I didn't want to make a new thread because I've made so many and clogged up the forum, so I thought I'd ask here.

I phoned AFCO in Cardiff today and told them I'd found my Army Discharge Papers and the Officer said to come down and fill out an application.

Anyway, I told him I'd be down Thursday but I don't know what to wear.

Should I wear the Shoes, Trousers, Smart-Casual Button-up cotton sweater with Collar and Lambswool coat I wore to the presentation?

Or is it suit and tie time? - Or is that when I go back down for the first interview?

Any help would be great thanks.

If I don't get a response by 12pm tomorrow, I'll have to make a new thread because I'm going out to get a haircut and shoe polish ready for Thursday. :grin:

Creddly just look smart, casual, clean and tidy wear something you feel comfortable in and polish your shoes. :wink:

That'll be the little black off the shoulder evening number and the four inch heels then.

Creddy have you sorted the official numbers into ascending order yet?

What numbers are they? :???:

Thanks for the advice Chieftiff, it was duly noted!

By the way! - Anyone like my new avatar and logos? I made the silhouette-ships one myself! :grin:
 
I was going to say i rather like your avatar and signature strip. I have no idea where my lady willy man went.

I say it's still smart casual for now (am i too late?).

Still don't have my Cally date. Going nuts not knowing!
 
snapdragon said:
I was going to say i rather like your avatar and signature strip. I have no idea where my lady willy man went.

I say it's still smart casual for now (am i too late?).

Still don't have my Cally date. Going nuts not knowing!

lol Well you are and you aren't still too late Snappy. - If that makes sense.

I've been down and I did wear the 'Smart Casual' clothing. But I still haven't filled out an application form yet. They've had to send for my Medical Documents for now. Will let you know how it goes! :grin:
 
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