Changing mid cadetship

#1
Hi all,

I've been thinking about this seriously for while and having seen what life is like in both roles I know I've ended up in the wrong one. I'm only a first trip cadet with a different company on the engine side but I'm seriously looking for a move to deck with a reputable outfit where I'll get world class training... hence RFA. I have heard of it being done but I'm not sure how it would be looked at in this case. My performance at college and sea have been very good but I don't want to force myself to finish this engine cadetship and completely close the door on deck side or seriously halt any progress I could be making.

Any advice would be great,
Thanks!
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
#3
I've heard of a failed Cadet E with a well known, well regarded commercial outfit remuster with the RFA as a Cadet X (pre AIB IIRC) where he failed again courtesy of the MCA, more than once. Good bye.

If I were a recruiter, I'm not , I wouldn't consider an applicant who had jumped ship and jumped branch after one term and one trip even if he did have the GCSE B + grades that the RFA insist on and for reasons of professional courtesy to the applicant's first employer who may resent the RFA poaching their Gadge.
 
#4
I'm almost certain smart funding will have been accessed which would probably be a big problem. In terms of failing, I've not failed anything yet but can see how it looks. Thanks for the advice so far though.
 

Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
#5
I asked this question for a cadet I met at college and was met with the answer that they could apply for a cadetship along with everyone else, and see how they get on.

Similarly to Seadog, I know of an ex-technical cadet who left and joined the RFA as an Deck cadet but failed to complete the cadetship.

I'm unsure as to whether SMART funding is a 'thing' the RFA use given that they're government - perhaps someone with more knowledge than I can clear that up.
 
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