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Does anyone know when the next intake for Seaman Specialists ?


Yet to find a recent post about when the next intake is for sea specialists. TIA
My AFCO told me there are around 4 intakes for sea specs per year. I'm going to Raleigh on the 7th of July and am going in as a sea spec, so could potentially be the second or third intake this year.


War Hero
There are another 3 Phase 2 SEA courses running this TY:

Work backwards 10 weeks and that can give you a rough idea as to when the RALEIGH intake is (standfast leave periods). That said there maybe training extensions/last minute changes/other stuff that can affect your extraction and placement in Phase 1. There will no doubt be other SEA SPECS that are due to join before you - so it very much is a case of suck it and see.

I would suggest keeping good lines of comms with your AFCO, they will let you know where you are on the list. In the mean time keep up with your phys and getting your bedroom into one locker and clothes A4. Then get your parent/guardian to wake you up daily with an annoying whistle every morning at stupid o'clock. This will get you in the mindset.

Good luck



War Hero
I look like Bambi on roller-skates on a treadmill, running on roads is my thing. Most of your running in Phase 1 is also on roads/gym floors as opposed to treadmills. Get out and pound the pavement and keep improving your times. There is no way to cheat getting fitter unfortunately, it is hard work.


I much prefer running outside than on the treadmill find I struggle a lot compared to outside, so trying to find a happy medium with the pace and keeping at the same pace


War Hero
I much prefer running outside than on the treadmill find I struggle a lot compared to outside, so trying to find a happy medium with the pace and keeping at the same pace

In training if you go as fast as you can, you wont go wrong.

I have an Apple Watch (other smart watches are available) and my training app gives me my pace as I run. The more you practice running, the more you will know how fast, based on your body what pace you are doing and compare it to the pace you are running at. Most people achieve this on a treadmill, but I like you prefer not to run on them.

I hope this helps.

*Disclaimer, I am not a Physical trainer. Nor do I look good in a white PT vest and small shorts. So take my comments as my own.


War Hero
when I first saw this thread my deviant mind thought he was heading for the back of Union Street and wanted some advice, good job those in the know didn't read it the same way?


I might be a little late to this thread but oh well.
I am joining as a sea spec and have been told that I wont be able to start basic training until early 2020 so around Jan or Feb time.

Hope this helps :)


Book Reviewer
It would help more if you said when you started your application and if there were any hold up, ie at the medical stage.
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