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Ex RAF > Diver (timeframe?)

VegHead

Midshipman
Hi everyone,

Just a quick question to any of the admin (recruiters) on here, or anyone else with some good gen.

I recently applied for MCD, going to call AFCO tomorrow to set a test date. I'm just curious as to 2017 time frames. Everything I have read on here in regards to this is pretty old.

I'm an ex RAF stacker (TSW, in case anyone knows anyone on the wing). But missing the military lifestyle and thought the Navy is the way to go.

Also, are there still a few 'oldies', I use this term loosely, joining up now. I'm pushing 29, and am probably considered ancient to the 16 year old recruits haha.

Cheers in advance.
 
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VegHead

Midshipman
Unless info from the late 2000s would be of use now. That's why I'm curious, as many people were talking of 18 months to 2.5 years. Wondering if there is any 'updated' gen.
 
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VegHead

Midshipman
I take that back. I have just found a thread from late last year, don't know how I missed that one. Cheers
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Generally it takes about 8-10 weeks to get Approval to Process for those with former military service, once they have applied, produced their discharge docs at the AFCO and signed a form giving consent for the release of their former service medical records. Be aware, the diving medical is quite stringent.

After completing selection up to passing the PJFT, the wait for a PEDA is about 18 months at the moment. Gazillions of applicants, very few vacancies.

Phys-wise you need to be fitter than average, at about the same level of fitness as a Royal Marines Commando. To give an idea of the phys level required - most of those undergoing their initial ten weeks training at HMS Raleigh actually dip below the standard required to pass the PEDA! Divers need to do extra phys throughout initial training because otherwise they'll find themselves held-over at the beginning of Diver training for failing the pre-training phys assessment.

Sometimes a cancellation places pops up on a PEDA, so the advice is to get to the required phys standard and stay at that level so you can grab a short notice cancellation. I've lost count of those who specifically request a cancellation place but then pull the plug when it's offered because they are nowhere near fit enough.

For thos who pass PEDA/PDA (or whatever it's called this week), you'll enter service at the beginning of the following term, ie: Jan, April or Sept, usually. Ish. Kind of.
 

VegHead

Midshipman
Cheers ninja, I have read quite a bit about the phys on here. would take some training but I can get back to it. I don't get why people would take the cancellation knowing they're not fit enough. Just looks bad on them.

You mention that the diving medical is quite stringent. In what way? I didn't have any issues when I was in before other than a few hungover, please let me go back to bed days.

Cheers
 
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Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Cheers ninja, I have read quite a bit about diver the phys on here. would take some training but I can get back to it. I don't get why people would take the cancellation knowing they're not fit enough. Just looks bad on them.

You mention that the diving medical is quite stringent. In what way? I didn't have any issues when I was in before other than a few hungover, please let me go back to bed days.

Cheers
Iffy stuff for Divers is dodgy respiratory issues and being knocked unconscious, from what I can recall.
 

VegHead

Midshipman
You do know you will be expected to work weekends and not guaranteed Hotels :)

What do you mean i'm not guaranteed hotels? I thought that was standard deployment. I mean i'll take a 3* if the navy are short on funds. But anything less than this I would consider employee abuse and would possibly have to seek legal advice.

As for weekend work, surely that was outlawed in the 80's.
 

VegHead

Midshipman
Haha. It's just reminded me of a joke I was told a few years ago:

An officer approaches a soldier, a sailor and an airman. He asks all three the same question: "Right lads, if you were on deployment and you see a camel spider inside your tent, what would you do?"

The squaddie replies straight away and says, "I'd reach over, grab my bayonet and stab it to death!"

The matelot then says, "I'd reach over, grab my boot and batter it to death sir!"

The officer then looks at the airman who has a confused look on his face, "and you son?"

"Well sir, i'd be wondering what a tent was doing in my hotel room"




I'm here all week.
 
What do you mean i'm not guaranteed hotels? I thought that was standard deployment. I mean i'll take a 3* if the navy are short on funds. But anything less than this I would consider employee abuse and would possibly have to seek legal advice.

As for weekend work, surely that was outlawed in the 80's.

You'll settle for 3*, that's most of your condemned SLAM blocks!!! :)

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VegHead

Midshipman
You'll settle for 3*, that's most of your condemned SLAM blocks!!! :)

30 : 15

I gave many reviews on trip advisor etc on the accommodation in the RAF. For some reason there was never a reply.

I know the slam blocks are a strange thing to you boys, you sailors like to be in the same room together, if not the same bed. Just don't push back :)

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WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I gave many reviews on trip advisor etc on the accommodation in the RAF. For some reason there was never a reply.

I know the slam blocks are a strange thing to you boys, you sailors like to be in the same room together, if not the same bed. Just don't push back :)

30:30
You'll soon find out :)
 

VegHead

Midshipman
You'll soon find out :)

I've got my wash kit sorted. Always handy to have soap on a rope.

 
I gave many reviews on trip advisor etc on the accommodation in the RAF. For some reason there was never a reply.

I know the slam blocks are a strange thing to you boys, you sailors like to be in the same room together, if not the same bed. Just don't push back :)

30:30

All buddies in boats/ships/squadron crewrooms

And I've stayed in the SNCO's mess @ RAF Shittering, Trip Advisor 1 Star!!

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Morgsy300

Newbie
Dive medical. Perfect hearing, perfect vision, cannot be colour blind. Lung capacity test, heart is checked, flexibility etc Urine sample. And that's pretty much it from what I can remember. Will expire after 12 months.. Id love to know what the Navy spend on dive medical which need to be re done due to issues like mine.. PDA cancellations 2017. If your not already in the pipeline then I would really imagine a long wait for your PDA . I personally believe I got my cancellation due to my Pjft time. Good luck mate :)
 
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