Considering joining the Royal Navy- looking for advice

E_lm

Newbie
Hiya,

I'm looking for a new start in my life. I got my A- levels in summer 2019, and went to university to study to become a teacher, it didn't feel right at all and I left as it wasn't me. I'm now looking for my next aim, I'm extremely motivated and always need a goal and something to strive for/ put my energy in. I did sea cadets for a couple years, and managed to get best female cadet at Raleigh but since then (a few years ago) I let it go thinking it wasn't me or I wouldn't be good enough for the Navy. I'm starting to think I could do this, join and be good in the Navy. However I need to really get my fitness up, and also prepare for the NSRT, I feel there is a long way to go yet. I haven't put an application in as of yet as I think I need to improve these skills, is it best to get an application in ASAP and train throughout the application process? I've heard it's quite a lengthy process, is this true? I was just wondering what everyone else's joining experience was like? How long the application process was? And what it is like to work in the Navy? I'm curious if you guys think there is potential for me in the Navy, I'm at a healthy weight, I'm only 18 and have no medical conditions. I'm fed up of having no direction or feeling like I'm not contributing/ or doing anything with my life, I want to be able to prove myself and do something worthwhile. I have family in the Navy, they've always wanted to do it unlike me and It makes me think am I dedicated enough for this, am I the right material they want? I have good GCSEs and average A- levels do you think this is something they'd be interested in? Any advice, or any thoughts would be great.

Sorry for all the questions, I'm very curious!

Thank you for reading, and thank you for any potential responses :)
 

crash_evans

War Hero
There’s nothing wrong with registering your intention on the RN website and seeing how things go. With your education achieved this far, I’m sure you will smash your RT. Use the search box on the top right corner to look out for some top tips and google ‘RN RT tests’ you should find some help.

Have a branch in mind and see where the journey takes you. Try and up your phys with the various sport apps and I believe Joe Wicks is doing a daily session.

Good luck.


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Chris P

Lantern Swinger
What Crash says, you seem to have things sorted and clear in your own mind, just remember the mob is not the cadets and once through your initial training it will change.

Onwards and upwards, good luck.
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
You need to look at which branch would suit you best. Use the RN website and again use the search function on here as most trades will have something on here.
With A levels you may also have the option of Officer.
 
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soleil

War Hero
What do you have as A Levels, E_Im, subjects and grades?

Something worth considering is checking out whether, once we are back to normal, you could be a volunteer for the Sea Cadets while you are going through the application process.
 

Paxman_Valenta

Lantern Swinger
Feel free to PM me for an honest, unbiased opinion as to why the Marine Engineering branch is the best and only option! (of course I am happy to offer advice on other branches, but I know sod all about submarines)
 

Paxman_Valenta

Lantern Swinger
@Paxman_Valenta you not to keen on weapons engineering?
I'm not a WE, I have worked with lots and the training at ET/LET level is very rapid so promotion is good. It's like most branches in the RN though, if you're good and want to shine, you're allowed too. If you want to fall behind on taskbooks and sleep all day then you're also allowed too.

Personally on the WE front i'd only find the weapons bit interesting. The sensors and radar stuff doesn't appeal to me.
 

E_lm

Newbie
Feel free to PM me for an honest, unbiased opinion as to why the Marine Engineering branch is the best and only option! (of course I am happy to offer advice on other branches, but I know sod all about submarines)
Thank you so much, I'm definitely getting a feel for all the roles on the website. If I have any queries I won't hesitate to ask!
 

soleil

War Hero
I have a B in English Language, C in English Literature and a D in Fine Art :)
Do either of these appeal to you, E_Im?


 

E_lm

Newbie
Do either of these appeal to you, E_Im?


Yes definitely! I'm really open to all the roles, I'm not sure if I'm qualified enough to go down the officer route though :). I know on the website they want 72 ucas points, but is there any other requirements?
 
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Sumo

War Hero
Feel free to PM me for an honest, unbiased opinion as to why the Marine Engineering branch is the best and only option! (of course I am happy to offer advice on other branches, but I know sod all about submarines)
In biased opinion? I don't think so.
 
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