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Ex Army, joining Navy age 36, going comms tech! Got questions


War Hero
We have got a few ex Cpl RM (going Diver) and one 12 year Army lad with multiple tours going CIS. So it isn't unheard of to get some prior service in.


To be fair, i have ironed out the foot stamping but my salutes do sometimes go a bit swirly if i have to chop one off before i have time to think about

Thanks all, see you Monday sir.


War Hero
@Sumo I am lucky I have kept my buttons - let alone got my Warrants. I think the quote from a previous OPS Officer I had of 'This man is too much of a lower decker' sealed the Dartmouth deal for me.
sort of sealed my own fate, told them what to do with Charge Chief and 2OE, hence write-ups never reflected my brilliance, or something like that.;)


War Hero
Would you rather be a lower decker?
i finish a chief, I would do it again all the same, I was not officer material, reading and writing was required? if my kids had shown an interest i would have told them to look at the wardroom as an engineer or doctor type. When I saw officers in Abbey wood I realised they had or what appeared to have a good career path and a better sea shore ratio.


War Hero
Reading these comments, i realise i have so much more to learn, haha! Looking forward to it.

When your ship returns to port after month long patrol the first night ashore the banter is relentless and your sides will ache the next day from so many laffs , in my experience having 2 elder brothers who were Coldstream Guardsmen RN humour tends to be slightly darker than Perc , enjoy it.


Recently been through a CT branch brief and something that came as a surprise to me was that after phase 2 training, a significant number of postings are on RAF bases in the North of England/Yorkshire.

I set my account up many moons ago whilst still in Yorks (hence the username) but nowadays have a home in SE England. I'm happy enough to be away doing sea time or deployments overseas but coming back to a long term shore posting that involves driving to/from Lincs to see family is pretty unappealing.

Are there any shore postings closer to the SE for CTs and if so is it particularly difficult to be placed into them? If not - and a 2 year stint in RAF Digby/Scarborough is almost certain - then is transfer out of the branch to ETWE (or similar) possible during the early stages of training?


Reality mate is you'll have no idea where you're being posted until you complete about 2 and a half years training.

Then (just like almost every other branch) you'll meet with drafty, who will take your preferences into consideration, however the needs of the service will prevail.

If you get a posting after 2.5 years training that you don't like and you say you want to branch transfer. You'll be laughed at as you're handed your tickets to wherever you're drafted to.

Will be the same with all branches.

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There are SE England drafts for sure. However as a junior rate you will likely spend your first few drafts on operational deployments.

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