Branch Waiting Times

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#1
Hey,
I'm looking to join the RN and i have a few ideas of which Branch im going to go for however I'm just wondering is there a way to tell what the Branch waiting times are as i got told some can be upto 18Months, therefore this could play a big part in my decision on what branch i want to be in.

P.S. Some of the roles i been thinking about are :-

Seamen Specialist
Warfare Specialist - Submariner
Aircraft Handler

Any comments on those also welcome.

Cheers
Lost Soul ~ Paul
 
#2
Would be surprised if WS(SM) didn't have the shortest waiting time out of those 3. Don't know, though.
If you ask your local AFCO (Armed Forces Careers Office) they should be able to tell you.
 
#4
I'd caution against joining a branch based on how soon you get to Raleigh, if you end up in a branch you don't enjoy then your career could be quite short, and unpleasant.

Talk to the AFCO about the various opportunities, ask questions here but bear in mind that the answers may not be current and probably biased towards the respondents own background.

The three you've picked out are very different beasts and offer different opportunities.
 

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#7
Karma - My choice isn't solely based on when I'd get to Raleigh, I just don't fancy joining one were i have to wait a year and a half either.

Slim - No i haven't taken the test yet the three choices i have picked are some that interest me, I am unsure on what I want to do as there a few different ones which a appeal, I'm going back to the careers office tomorrow to talk more about some of the choices i like etc.

P.S What's CT mean - Sorry not sure what all the Shorter version's of branches etc mean
 
#8
Lost Soul
If you haven't taken the test then theoretically all branches are still open to you. My advice would be to get as much information an all the branches and then shortlist those you are most interesting in joining. If it takes a year or 18 months before you join so what. It will be better being in a branch you enjoy than one you don't
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#10
Current waiting times (Application to entry, assuming you pass everything)change from month to month due to the number of applicants & course places available. (Supply & Demand).

Seaman Specialst: WS (SEA) : 14 months
Warfare Specialist (Submariner): WS(SM): 3 months
Naval Airman(Aircraft Handler): NA(AH): 18-20 months
Communications Tehnician: CT: 24 months

The advice given so far is absolutely correct- we do not wish to employ someone who scores very highly in the recruiting test but opts for a lower scoring branch as you will not be "intellectually stimulated" (get bored) & will leave. Waste of your time, waste of a training place, waste of taxpayers money, pain in the arse. Do a job that appeals to you & you'll enjoy it.
 

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#11
Fair Call, I see your point, At which stage do i "take the Test" Though, as for my application i need to state what branch i want to join, so do i put down for the branches i want at the minute? which currently is heading towards the seaman specialist, and unsure what to choose as second.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#12
Lost_Soul said:
Fair Call, I see your point, At which stage do i "take the Test" Though, as for my application i need to state what branch i want to join, so do i put down for the branches i want at the minute? which currently is heading towards the seaman specialist, and unsure what to choose as second.
Don't worry too much about it, just list the jobs you've already stated & submit your application. After the test your careers adviser will advise you which options are available & which you're most suited to in view of your score.

Good luck mate.
 

Lost_Soul

Lantern Swinger
#13
Ninja_Stoker said:
Lost_Soul said:
Fair Call, I see your point, At which stage do i "take the Test" Though, as for my application i need to state what branch i want to join, so do i put down for the branches i want at the minute? which currently is heading towards the seaman specialist, and unsure what to choose as second.
Don't worry too much about it, just list the jobs you've already stated & submit your application. After the test your careers adviser will advise you which options are available & which you're most suited to in view of your score.

Good luck mate.
Ok Cheers all for the Advice, I Fill the rest of the application in and head down to the careers office tomorrow to hand it in, Thanks Again
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
#14
Lost_Soul said:
Karma - My choice isn't solely based on when I'd get to Raleigh, I just don't fancy joining one were i have to wait a year and a half either.

Slim - No i haven't taken the test yet the three choices i have picked are some that interest me, I am unsure on what I want to do as there a few different ones which a appeal, I'm going back to the careers office tomorrow to talk more about some of the choices i like etc.

P.S What's CT mean - Sorry not sure what all the Shorter version's of branches etc mean
Communications Technician-a very rewarding and fulfilling career! Fully recommend it! ;)
 

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