Engineering officer training

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  1. Hi all! First post and all that. I'm currently applying for an engineering officer position and was looking to see if anyone could help me understand what the training process is like for engineering officers. I'm married with our first baba on the way and although I appreciate that a career in th eNavy involves time away, I would want to spend as much time as possible with my wife and kid! Any help with my questions will be much appreciated!

    Do you spend all 10 weeks on base for the phase 1 training?

    Any time off between the 10 week blocks?

    Does anyone know how long the phase 2 training lasts for engineering officers?

    Will that time need to be spent on base?
  2. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Are you applying as an Officer or Rating?
  3. Engineering officer
  4. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    what sort of engineering?
  5. I can't remember which I put down as my first choice now I kept changing my mind! I think I put air engineering officer... possibly weapons (both on surface fleet)
  6. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    sub-surface air engineering is a specialist career course so you're better off staying surface fleet.
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  7. Then you won't be doing 10 weeks, that's for ratings at Raleigh.

    You'll be going to BRNC assuming you pass AIB and all the other niggly little things they make you do before you're accepted.
  8. That's what I thought to start with Wrecks, but he mentions ten week 'blocks' - terms at BRNC? Not sure about phase 2 though - do officers do that? (or is it called that to be more precise).

    Rather vague about his wishes for a potential officer though.
  9. Soz about the confusion, the truth is I don't know a whole lot about the training at all! just what i've read off navy website and some other places... I may have got this mixed up with the training for ratings somewhere along the way.

    Here's where I got most of my info, which is pretty much the limit of my understanding:
    Royal Navy Officer training | How to join | Royal Navy

    Anyways, if anyone could enlighten me with any extra info about the training process for an engineering officer (air or weapons) I would be happy. There's 2 main things I would like more info on:

    * How much time will I get to spend with my wife and kid? (i.e. must all evenings be spent on base? any weekends off?)
    * What is the phase 2 training like for engineering officers? How long does it last? (Haven't really been able to find any info on this one so far)

    Hope that makes things a bit clearer!
  10. Thanks for the help so far, I must admit I am a massive noob so I appreciate any help... I have found some useful info from a couple of searches which is good.

    I hate to say I'm still lookin for answers to the questions from before though.
    Anyone been through the engineering officer training recently?
  11. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    noob wasn't my first thought...

    Sort out what you actually want to do in the RN then you can ask the right questions that will provide a decent answer, if you're lucky.
  12. Only one 'o'. Sorry, just jesting.

    Can't answer any of the techy stuff, but you seem a decent enough cove so with regard to the time off stuff.

    Do you mean whilst in training? If so I would think that time at home would be limited - particularly whilst at BRNC (take it you're remaining in Skipton (Lincs? Yorks?)). Once qualified it all depends on your assignment. If at sea the answer's obvious, but when on a shore establishment - other than 'duties' (few and far between as an officer I think) you would generally be free to come and go as in a civvy job. I do stand correction, but just wanted to give a sensible(ish) answer to get the ball rolling as I'm in a rare good mood. Probably the weather.

    Good luck.
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  13. Haha the AFCO told me to be prepared for banter! Cheers for the info Guzzler
  14. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    Engineering Officers at SULTAN

    If the wardroom at HMS SULTAN on a weekend is any indication, every officer, staff or under training who has a home within a 1000 mile radius goes home. Only the Kiwis, Canuks and Aussies stay to keep the mess staff employed. And the odd officer who cannot be arrsed with the drive or is duty.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014
  15. That's a nice surprise I expected things to be a little more limiting in terms of leaving the bases! So if we were serving at, say, HMS Collingwood/HMS Sultan we could get the train to London on Friday nights as long as we're back on duty/in the classroom on Monday? (Excluding duties or weekend events of course)

    blarny23 I'm well into the process of applying for Weapon Engineering Officer (AIB next stage) so I'm fairly recent on the application process up to AIB if you have any specific questions on that :)
  16. All your time at BRNC will be on base with the occasional weekend and leave period that you're allowed home.

    The phases are broken into 10 week segments, phase 1 militarisation, phase 2 initial fleet time and phase 3 final phase (or whatever they call it these days).

    Once out of BRNC you'll get normal weekend leave like everyone else.

    It was like that when I found it chief
  17. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    Unless my earlier observation is a result of deception - at weekends 99% of officers remove their cars from the car parks, hide in their cabins and don't eat in the dining room or drink in the lesser of the two bars ( the only one open).......yes.
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