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Branch Change

Balwearie101

Badgeman
Hi guys

I’m going in as a Mine Warfare Specialist, although my first choice was a Mine Clearance Diver. The reason for settling for MW is the fact I had to wait between 13-18 months for a PDC, which if I’m not mistaken, is similar to a PRNC in a sense. I first applied in May and have my PRNC in September, so you can see why I chose MW instead of having to wait over a year for a selection course.
Anyway, just wondering how difficult it would be to transfer from MW to Mine Clearance Diver? I’ve gathered that I’m going to know everything there is to know about sea mines by the end of phase 2, and obviously that’s a massive part of being a diver as well. Maybe that would make the process a little more do-able?
All info is appreciated, thanks guys!


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SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
This is purely my thoughts, based on no current knowledge.

I feel that the RN would not be 100% happy to train you up and have you branch change almost immediately. Agreed, there will be a lot of commonality, which may help.

Are you currently a diver? If not, why not? If you are, can your logs show any level of experience? It might be an idea to find if you actually can / enjoy diving. Bear in mind that a 40 minute scuba dive on holiday in warm water with 30m vis will bear no relation to being ordered to dive in horrendous conditions in cold and no vis.

If you REALLY want to be a CD, then why not wait a bit to do what you really want. Also, understand that the CD course is NOT a walk in the park. That's why there is an aptitude test. AFCO is your friend.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Not so long ago we were telling people, an accordance with their contract, they should not join in the expectation of being able to transfer. Then, as now, the only assured way of reaching your career aspiration is by joining in your chosen branch. There are no shortcuts and the WS(MW) branch is a shortage branch, the Diver branch is bursting at the seams, awash with manpower, to the extent that even people passing PDA can still get knocked back after completing Raleigh if they aren't fit enough.

PRNC & PDA both involve pass fail elements involving running & swimming, but besides beginning with a P, the similarity ends there. For Divers it's a 1000 meter swim & runs of 3+ miles at a much faster pace.

A fair few people join the MW branch in the hope of becoming a Diver but the reality, due to numbers actually required, is that not many achieve it. Can it be done? Yes. Is it quicker to join as MW to become a Diver? Definitely longer.

Good luck.
 

Balwearie101

Badgeman
This is purely my thoughts, based on no current knowledge.

I feel that the RN would not be 100% happy to train you up and have you branch change almost immediately. Agreed, there will be a lot of commonality, which may help.

Are you currently a diver? If not, why not? If you are, can your logs show any level of experience? It might be an idea to find if you actually can / enjoy diving. Bear in mind that a 40 minute scuba dive on holiday in warm water with 30m vis will bear no relation to being ordered to dive in horrendous conditions in cold and no vis.

If you REALLY want to be a CD, then why not wait a bit to do what you really want. Also, understand that the CD course is NOT a walk in the park. That's why there is an aptitude test. AFCO is your friend.

Thanks for the reply mate. I’m not wanting to change branch immediately, I was thinking after about 4 years.
The situation I’m in at the moment, waiting over a year for a selection course is not an option.


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