College and MCD

Baseplate

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Hello there

Just wondering I have been very passionate about diving and I have settled on being a MCD. I know that It takes a long time to become one through all the training and check ups but I want to go to college as a backup. My question is that can I go to college at 16 and still apply to be a MCD at the same time
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
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Hello there

Just wondering I have been very passionate about diving and I have settled on being a MCD. I know that It takes a long time to become one through all the training and check ups but I want to go to college as a backup. My question is that can I go to college at 16 and still apply to be a MCD at the same time
You can indeed but cannot join as an MCD until 18+.

Current wait is 30 months upwards for MCD.

My advice? Consider joining in a technical branch now to further broaden your work experience, future employability and transferable qualifications whilst earning a wage, then apply to sideways transfer as an MCD whilst serving. If you fail, you've still got a job and could well have earned over £60k whilst earning & learning.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
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I wouldn't join now and transfer later. Go to college whilst you wait.
Doubtless the OP would benefit on the context of the advice a little more...

Trouble is, from my angle, there's an overbearing in the branch so either way it's not a quick fix for those wishing to become a Diver as a Rating. Three years or more possibly. Direct entry Diver, Aircrewman and Naval Police was only introduced because of manning shortfalls in each branch, Diver certainly isn't in that category now, so the future is at the whim of the branch manager.

I guess it depends on the type of further educational qualifications acquired and the vocational application of the grades attained.

For those undertaking a BTEC L3 Engineering course, the Accelerated Apprentice or the Undergrad Apprentice (UGAS) schemes offer a decent start wage of £31,100 (plus £5k pre tax bounty for UGAS) which isn't a bad back-up but arguably an AET, ET(ME) or ET(WE) could attain the same qualifications whilst earning a wage....if they serve long enough.

One alternative would be to complete sixth form (and maybe gain a degree & circa £50k student debt) before joining on £6k less than an accelerated apprentice as a Warfare Officer with possibly the hope of being streamed MCD Officer (MCDO), but for a 16 year old, it's potentially a long old, costly haul.
 
I would never, ever, join the RN with the intention of branch transferring into a branch that also has direct entry. You are simply not in control of the decision to move across; waiting for 36 months is long, absolutely, but at least you know you'll be a Diver.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
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I would never, ever, join the RN with the intention of branch transferring into a branch that also has direct entry.
Agreed, the s3049 Attestation Form (the bit ratings 'sign-on' erm, on) specifically indicates it is not possible to transfer branches and the individual is content with their chosen branch.

Presumably your current branch wasn't direct entry and the time taken to achieve your transfer, explains the reason for the careers advice to a potential Mine Clearance Diver
On the basis it took nearly 3 jobs and 7 years for my branch transfer to be confirmed, I have no problem with people wanting to change jobs
Agreed, me neither, but it is never a given admittedly, despite claims to the contrary, regardless of 2SL PFS.
You are simply not in control of the decision to move across; waiting for 36 months is long, absolutely, but at least you know you'll be a Diver.
Unfortunately no one does for certain. That's the point, otherwise I'd wholeheartedly agree.

The reason for my angle is we don't know for sure whether or not it will remain direct entry, so waiting three years only to find out it's maybe no longer a direct entry branch could be a bit of a downer. It may not be the case of course, but that's the reason for the suggestion, as a careers adviser, to consider alternative routes to achieve the goal.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Oh, I transferred because I joined the wrong branch at 16...
If bubble heads are over subscribed, there is always the option of joining a branch of choice, eg research other branches and apply to become a ships diver, at least you could be earning, gaining experience and diving whilst waiting to become MCD. You never know, you may prefer to be in the newly chosen branch with the option to dive, speak to @SONAR-BENDER he was a ships diver/ submariner, who still dives now many years after leaving the Navy
Still look at your college course, as the joining process can take longer than some think.
Good luck
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
There is actually another option...

Stay in college and run a dual application for the RN as an MCD and the RNR in the Underwater Force Protection role, then doing a seamless transfer from the Reserves to Regulars. It maybe even possible to get the full ten week Initial Naval Training package cracked as a Reservist so that the transfer is straight onto MCD course as/when/if the vacancy arises.

The bonus is RNR Divers can join from age 16: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/brochures/royal-navy-reserves/roles/diving

Advantages? You can find out if you'll like it, it puts money in the pocket of destitute students, it gives you a flying start and you still get your civilian educational qualifications.

Disadvantage? You need civilian PADI/BSAC qualifications to join the branch.
 

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