Let's get this rolling, can't find the answer for this anywhere, but after your first Seven weeks of the miliarisation phase, unless followed by Christmas, Easter or Summer leave, do you get to return home?
Can someone explain what MARL, and the other assessments are as well?
PO according to th BRNC pack they send you just before you join you get a "long weekend" off following your passing in parade at the end of phase 1. No details on how long a BRNC "long weekend" is,(3 days probably) but in just 8 weeks from now i will be able to confirm this first hand. Providing i don't break myself or wash out that is.
I would go a trifle further and suggest that as the RN developed into a regular service in the post Elizabethan era it progressed down a path where in general (there will always be exceptions) it considered that officer selection should be based on ability rather than class. Commissions were rarely purchased and whilst up till the institution of naval colleges midshipmans billets were in a ships captains gift they were as often awarded to the sons of respected warrant officers as they were to the sons of the gentry.
As for the present system, though my experience dates back a bit now it was then very much a unitary officer corps, there were no second class citizens, some of us though as one might expect were bigger pratts than others. There certainly are no 'fraternities' or secret societies operating within the system. The only ring I have ever worn is my wedding ring and the same goes for every other officer I have known.
I was going to go more for the if we pester him enough with "Are we on yet?" "Are we on yet?" Are we on yet?" He might just put us on the nearest start date! Well... that or completely remove us from all intakes for the rest of time.