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Cadet salary + Accommodation costs



I am very interested in applying for a cadetship in Systems Engineering with the RFA. I know that the training salary is around £11-12k.

The only thing I am worried about is what costs there will be in regards to accommodation, meals etc whilst in training. As I do not have any savings, and currently on minimum wage, I would like to find out how much cash I should save up, in case I am selected.

I am not sure how soon cadets are paid during training, so I want to be prepared.

I am grateful for any advice, cheers.

RFA at HMS Raleigh

Lantern Swinger
You will be paid at the end of the first month of training usually. However if after about the 21st of the month it may not be until the end of the next month, but they may do a second pay run about the 12th of the month.

The minimum cadet salary is circa £15,000 basic pay £12,000 plus£3000.

As regards saving up, there are a few costs at the start, including injections and travel which you will be able to claim back, but would be helpful if have a couple of hundred pounds just to tie you over. (obviously here the more the better)

When actually on course at BRNC it is only socialising costs as food and accommodation is paid for during the 8 weeks.

Hope that helps a bit. There are loads of cadets on here who will be able to give you their personal experiences


Lantern Swinger
Things are changing and unfortunately any information I give you may well be wrong, the same goes for the info from RFA at BRNC regarding salary.

The best thing to do would be to ring the recruitment people and ask them what your pay and conditions will be if you are successful in your application. There are significant differences between what I'm on and the proposed new terms.


Thankyou. I guess I should save up around £200 cash, and also set aside a bit extra to buy smart clothing for the mess.


Lantern Swinger
Smart clothes for BRNC would be a good idea but don't break the bank as you'll not be needing to dress like that again for a while.
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