Confirmation on Warfare Officer Training Pipeline


Hello folks, thanks for checking out this thread, as the title states I am looking for information regarding the training pipeline for a surface warfare officer post- BRNC. I would greatly appreciate any up to date information anyone has.

As I understand it, after the initial two terms at BRNC a further 14 weeks are spent at BRNC on the IWO (Foundation) course, following this:

  • 4 weeks at HMS Collingwood for IWO (NAV) course
  • Work towards navigational watch certificate
  • IWOC (could anybody confirm the length of this course?)
  • Further down the line, PWO, (13 months)
If any of these pieces of information are incorrect please feel free to correct them.

Many thanks


Thanks for checking out the thread guys, yes i was implying that it would be a 13 month long course,however, i am under no illusions regarding the amount of service time required to progress to that stage.


Lantern Swinger
Wow a budding PWO already. You carry on fella! IWOC is 14 weeks but you have SFT before that which is 9 months to get 900 bridge hours (never going to happen atm but we shall see!)

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