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Dolphins in the surface fleet

BillyNoMates

War Hero
I transferred in from the Salvation Army because I thought I could save a few submariners souls from eternal damnation.
After 22 years, I just ended up worshipping the Devil.
 

Biker Buster

Lantern Swinger
Very difficult to downgrade to skimmers these days. Manpower shortages everywhere..
I think at least one of Gordon browns massive donkeys will get mothballed soon.
No planes and no sailors. The life in the mob is not as good as it was, thats why people are leaving in such high numbers. Even the two massive retention bonuses a few years back had such little effect. The only ones that took it were staying anyway or at most it cost them a year.
I even knew two people who handed back and left.

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mick1199

Badgeman
Very difficult to downgrade to skimmers these days. Manpower shortages everywhere..
I think at least one of Gordon browns massive donkeys will get mothballed soon.
No planes and no sailors. The life in the mob is not as good as it was, thats why people are leaving in such high numbers. Even the two massive retention bonuses a few years back had such little effect. The only ones that took it were staying anyway or at most it cost them a year.
I even knew two people who handed back and left.

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Why do you think so many people are under the impression that life isn’t what it was in the Navy, and do you think that’s a sentiment shared by some of the greener entrys? Perhaps the sudden surge in applicants and the recent announcement by the government that they’ll be investing more into the navy might remedy the current manpower issues.
 

RabC

MIA
Why do you think so many people are under the impression that life isn’t what it was in the Navy, and do you think that’s a sentiment shared by some of the greener entrys? Perhaps the sudden surge in applicants and the recent announcement by the government that they’ll be investing more into the navy might remedy the current manpower issues.
Your rose tinted glasses will fall off eventually. Might take a full draft but be prepared for it.
 

mick1199

Badgeman
Never hurts to be optimistic! :) There’s always two sides to the story, some people seem to hate the navy in it’s current form, whilst others are quite happy. I know of a lad who left after his minimum term who must’ve obviously hated it but then just the other day I spoke to a bloke who seemed adamant that now is a great time to be signing up (and no he wasn’t an careers advisor) Swings and roundabouts I suppose. In the end I’ll draw my own conclusions.

In fairness what was made clear to me from the beginning was that these days if you join up as a submariner it’s highly unlikely you’ll manage a transfer to GS unless you go completely bonkers.
 

slim

War Hero
As a wafu I didn't mix much with those smelly underwater critters.
Then I left the RN and my first job was helping to install SINS on Torbay in Barrow.
Submariners were fantastic people, fkn nuts, crazy and magic to be with.
If I had my time all over again I would be a .....................................Wafu
But if I couldn't be a Wafu I reckon deeps would be a good option :)
 

fishhead

War Hero
Never hurts to be optimistic! :) There’s always two sides to the story, some people seem to hate the navy in it’s current form, whilst others are quite happy. I know of a lad who left after his minimum term who must’ve obviously hated it but then just the other day I spoke to a bloke who seemed adamant that now is a great time to be signing up (and no he wasn’t an careers advisor) Swings and roundabouts I suppose. In the end I’ll draw my own conclusions.

In fairness what was made clear to me from the beginning was that these days if you join up as a submariner it’s highly unlikely you’ll manage a transfer to GS unless you go completely bonkers.
It is a case of what you are prepared to put up with. If you really love the RN (and many do) it will take a great deal to shake you out of the tree. On the other hand if you're finding the whole thing a struggle and the ever shifting sands are preventing you making definite plans for yourself and your family. I experienced both. For the first 12 years I loved it then 18 months later I was gone. You won't know which category you're in unless you give it a go.
 

crash_evans

War Hero
It is a case of what you are prepared to put up with. If you really love the RN (and many do) it will take a great deal to shake you out of the tree. On the other hand if you're finding the whole thing a struggle and the ever shifting sands are preventing you making definite plans for yourself and your family. I experienced both. For the first 12 years I loved it then 18 months later I was gone. You won't know which category you're in unless you give it a go.

This.

My first 20 years were living the dream. Since I’ve got my buttons, I seem to be moving from platform to platform for four month blocks, covering Med/personal issues on those units. I have been living out of a grip since COVID started and it’s genuinely the first time in my career I haven’t felt like I have any stability. I came off my last cover period and was trawled for another four monther.

Thankfully my wife is quite understandable and I love my job. That said, I’m well into 2OE territory and I’ve started thinking it might be time to move on.


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Chris P

War Hero
My last ship before Mech's course/boats was Rusty B. I once went several weeks without seeing daylight due to flying stations, Booty games etc.

cruising through the windies / Indian Ocean / South Atlantic / other oceans are available...... and you think we didn't.........!

Round Cape Horn on the surface..... flat calm!
Never found your way to the goofers deck then?
 

Chris P

War Hero
Round Cape Horn on the surface..... blowing force 10!

But then, here wernt many options for diving on a sleek grey messenger of death.
Round Cape of Good Hope, flat calm, Alpha deck ready for entry next day, turned to middle of middle watch re rearrange cabs on deck, port catwalk peeled back over the flight deck and the thirty nine steps for the next three hours and some soggy pits in the port frd PO's mess I think:eek:.
 

Chris P

War Hero
Never hurts to be optimistic! :) There’s always two sides to the story, some people seem to hate the navy in it’s current form, whilst others are quite happy. I know of a lad who left after his minimum term who must’ve obviously hated it but then just the other day I spoke to a bloke who seemed adamant that now is a great time to be signing up (and no he wasn’t an careers advisor) Swings and roundabouts I suppose. In the end I’ll draw my own conclusions.

In fairness what was made clear to me from the beginning was that these days if you join up as a submariner it’s highly unlikely you’ll manage a transfer to GS unless you go completely bonkers.
Remember most (some of most of us) of the peeps on here jioned up many years ago, the modern mob has changed and what you will experience won't be the same, todays life expectations are quite diferent to what most of us had when we jioned up, ever changing world and all that, ever changing world for better or worse depending on your vewpoint, some good and some not so good!!
 

Chris P

War Hero
Stbd fwd gun sponson was our rec space, bit noisy when they were exercising the 40/60's, the PO's mess was right up under 1 spot from memory..
 

Taztiff

War Hero
Round Cape of Good Hope, flat calm, Alpha deck ready for entry next day, turned to middle of middle watch re rearrange cabs on deck, port catwalk peeled back over the flight deck and the thirty nine steps for the next three hours and some soggy pits in the port frd PO's mess I think:eek:.
Brazen?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Never found your way to the goofers deck then?
Duh, yes, but a lot of times for some reason they had a no goofer policy.

Mind you, I did enjoy being duty killick of the fire party during a fire in the forward Wafu's mess when none of them would get out of bed......
 

BusterQuin

War Hero
I was GS LMEM(L) and was voluntold (ie if hadn't volunteered I'd have been drafted anyway) for boats on Mechs course in 89 done 2 years qualified back aft up to SDSR then had started having snags saw the shrinks and found out I suffered a form of claustrophobia so PMU'd back GS for rest of my time and was proud to wear my Dolphins
I certainly enjoyed the ethos of the SM service (not to mention the extra pay) and was gutted I had to go back as it was a lot of hard work to qualify, but health is more important
 
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