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BRNC February 11th 2013 Intake

Bisley

War Hero
On the issue of boots jusy to clarify

Raf - dont get issued boots, ruins the 5* star hotel carpets, issued pink fluffy slippers :)

Army - issued boots immediately given to there steward for cleaning later

Navy - polish your own we have sacked all the stewards and replaced with civvy Sodexo grumpy bitches
 

oldgaius

Midshipman
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Stitching people up already. You'll fit right in the wardroom.
Comment earlier was tongue-in-cheek. I'm used to taking a bollocking just fine whether or not I think it's due. No expectations of getting through BRNC (or anywhere else in life) by shirking responsibility. :sad1:
 

scouse

War Hero
...The Admiral passed a hand wearily over his forehead.


'As this is the first day,' he said, 'I may as well refresh your memories on one or two items of policy.'


The Board slumped in their seats.


'Remember we are not looking for normal boys. We are looking for boys who will make naval officers. There's a difference. We are looking for half-wits. The service will add the other half in its own way and in its own time.'


The Board nodded.


'None of these boys will be very intelligent. If they had any intelligence they wouldn't be here. They'd be applying for jobs outside which carry more pay and less work, like most of their contemporaries. But lack of intelligence need not concern us. An intelligent man never makes a good naval officer. He embarrasses everybody.'


The Board glanced briefly at their President and nodded again. After all, he had been a naval officer for nearly forty years. He should know.


'I need not tell you not to be surprised at anything you hear in this room. I myself have long since lost the capacity for amazement.'


The Board pursed their lips. They remembered the candidate who had tried, with a pin, to convince the Admiral that Christian Science worked for the common man.


'Keep off religion and politics. They know more about that sort of thing than we do.'


The Board began to rouse themselves. The Admiral was approaching his peroration.


'One last point. Make sure, I implore you, gentlemen, make sure you know what the boy's father does for a living. If the man's an admiral then of course you can be as facetious as you wish, but if he's a plumber or a boilermaker or anything which remotely sounds as though it has a trade union then I must beseech you to be careful. We just cannot afford any more questions in the House. It upsets the First Lord and I get it all back from him later.'


The Admiral wound up his watch, shot his cuffs, gathered some papers together, and looked round the Board.


'Well,' he said. 'Who have we first?'... ^_~
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
It may also be worth noting that peoples IDs are easily translated in real life, and that I'd be cautious giving away too much here, lest the staff at BRNC look at you with a Lt Cdr Bodger style wolflike grin when they take charge of you in due course...

I believe some cadets have found out the hard way that there is no such thing as anonymity on the internet!
 

slim

War Hero
For ALL you aspiring occifers who wish to know what Blood Group they are I have a suggestion.

GIVE BLOOD

Lots of it needed at this time of the year, costs you nothing and you even get Tea and Bickies after.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
I think I have proven Purple_Twiglet's point. A couple of things you will become familiar with (assuming you pass AIB and join the RN) are PERSEC (personal security) and OPSEC (operational security). The former comes from your 'internet fingerprint', such as your forum usernames, social networking site profiles and use of your email address. AFCO/AIB/BRNC staff often use RR to find out more about potential candidates, so be aware of what you post on here.
 
Point taken! Though I would say I am aware of what you are able to access on me and don't currently feel that I have anything to hide: I'm fairly boring! Not that I know what PERSEC states you should have available to open forum. :)
 

Bisley

War Hero
L[/I]
Point taken! Though I would say I am aware of what you are able to access on me and don't currently feel that I have anything to hide: I'm fairly boring! Not that I know what PERSEC states you should have available to open forum. :)

I'm fairly boring :)

You will feel right at home in the wardroom :) only teasing...............
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
Those who think that PERSEC is nothing to worry about should consider this. If you are joining HM Forces, then you immediately become of interest to people who have less than good intent towards the UK. If you doubt me, try doing some basic research about convicted terrorists and what they've tried to do.
I recently did a presentation on PERSEC to an URNU unit - I knew a few names in advance. Some simple googling of their name and the word 'navy' and within 5 minutes (I am not exagerating) I knew their name, history, photos, linked in profile, where their parents lived (complete with imagery) etc. If you are comfortable that complete strangers can access your entire life and personal history easily, then good for you. Personally I try to lock myself down a bit to prevent my family becoming easy targets.

similarly, if you go to BRNC in Feb, and post here, then end up dripping here later, it doesnt take the brains of a rocket scientist (or BRNC member of staff) to work out who you are. I have it on very, very, good authority that some BRNC members may have learned the hard way that dripping here can land you in serious shit.

You may want to think about that before giving too much away!
 

Olly013

Midshipman
I didn't get aircrew, I think I was at FATs with you though! Passed them with aplomb apparently but my AIB was shocking, but still a pass and they offered me Warfare submarines, so I'm in doing that. Excellent effort on getting aircrew!

I was going to book a blood test with my GP when I get back to the UK, but that costs £60 and not worrying about it sounds like a better (cheaper) option! So oldgaius, did you send your proforma off without a bloodgroup?

Cheers! Nice one on getting in for Warfare bud! You joining on the 11th February aswell?
 
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