Excellent point matelot, also i believe there is an eyesight cut off for boats? I think they need you to have the highest level wheras surface take the next one down. Though unsure as to whether this is just for warfare or if it is for everyone.
I wasn't aware it was being done as soon as Dartmouth. as a baby Loggie (Pusser for the old timers) you'll be assigned your first appoitnment at the end of ILOC (JSOC for the old timers). As only males can go on submarines, and the Loggie Officers tend to have a high proportion of females, you are more likely as a male to be appoined to a submarine.
It's not so long ago that it was very unusual to have a pusser on a sumarine a a high proportion of pussers don't meet the eyesight requirements for periscope wtachkeeper, and a CO didn't want to lose a watchkeeping billet. The only appoitments tended to be to bombers.
Remember Cutter, there's not many sumarines left anyway!
capt-ahab makes a good point regarding the AIB. It's best to avoid flat refusal to do on boats. Try looking thoughtful and suggest that it is something which you hadn't given as much thought to because you are so keen on being a skimmer. If you're planning on going Loggie then there is a much broader field to play in "on the surface".
There are also a number of ways to avoid, or get out of, going all the way. The appointers tend to have a quota to fill and look for an average of two candidates from each ILOC. These two (males, naturally) need to pass medical as well as academic examinations to make it through. If you're eyes aren't great or you can't pop your ears or you get claustrophibic, etc .... you get the idea.
When the appointer suggested I go into submarines, I asked if she had seen my science scores at Dartmouth, and if she really wanted me near a nuclear reactor... The subject was never raised again!
On your other point, it certainly was true that as a pusser you would average one sea job as a Lt and one as a Lt Cdr. I agree that it should be more. Should the RN copy the RFA (Royal Fleet Auxillary) way of doing things where you actually spend your career at sea? My info is a couple of years old so I standby to be corrected/updated. If you really do want more sea time then go for submarines after all.
Well to be honest, going to sea is why we all do this surely? I should rather do my 4 month trip at sea out in the South Atlantic or the Gulf than stuck alongside in Guzz or Glen Mallan - no barrack stanchions in the RFA (unless you count the Commodore).
Though if you really want an easy life you could be a Supply Officer in the RFA - you spend your life giving people stamps, cash advances and shutting the office for one week a month for 'end of month accounts' (though this isn't a slag off the supply branch moment - they must do some kind of valuable work because they help us get our tax back)
As for the submariners business, a year or so ago they were actively pinging warfare officers who arrived at BRNC for submarines, and for loggies it's something they're very much pushed towards. The best defence is to consistently show no interest in subs whatsoever, especially at the AIB - they don't mark you down on this, and it's something a good few friends of mine have quite adroitly done.