EX RN joining the RFA

#1
Good evening all.
I am leaving the RN and ex jenny has pointed me towards this direction
the RFA is very much something I am thinking about but not leaving the RN until october next year

I am a PO(CIS) currently serving in the pompey area so joining as a CR is something appealing to me
Was curious if my relative experience would serve me well in the application stages and the fact I am completely DII qualified (up to SSM)

also, I know there is a round of recruiting going on now but I do not leave the RN until october so really think it would be best to wait until the next round of recruiting in april/may (so i have been told)

any thought on this would be most appreciated.
dom
 

Megalopteron

Lantern Swinger
#2
the fact I am completely DII qualified (up to SSM)
Right now they'd probably bite your hand off. Later, who knows.

Whilst the RFA doesn't advertise for 'qualified' CRs, there are plenty have come across in the past. I'd get in touch with RFA recruitment ASAP to get everything lined up if you can. It is not unheard of to leave the RN on Friday and join the RFA on Monday.
 
#6
I am also a qualified PO(CIS) with very same skill set as yourself. I was over the moon when I heard that the RFA was recruiting Comms Rates, the dates tied in perfectly for when I was due to the leave the RN. I also have experience working on RFA platforms. So I was very disappointed to have received a letter today stating that they were not looking for qualified personnel. Words cannot even go to comprehend on how gutted I am!
 
#7
What is even more startling is that the cutoff date for the Comms Rates was Friday the 29th of November on looking at my letter of rejection it was posted on Wednesday the 27th! Surely the HR team should wait until the after the final cut off date before sending letters of rejection out.
 

exJenny

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#8
They process people throughout the recruitment period with RT's being sat by some people before the closing date for applications. If they are only recruiting CR2's and not qualified CR's you will still be over qualified at the end of the recruitment period so why would they wait to send the rejection?


Just the thoughts of a blonde ex wren
 
#11
I recently spoke direct to my ex SCO (RFA) and a ex Yeoman (RFA). Who says they are crying out for personnel with DII and BOWMAN knowledge. Both of which I am fully qualified for (DII upto SSM and BOWMAN Advanced Signaler and BOWMAN Crypto Custodian). This seems to by passed the HR team who want raw ratings rather than experienced personnel. It is ashame because there is a lot of knowledge out there that could be an asset to the RFA.
 
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#12
PERSOPS are generally useless, and recruitment frequently misses the mark. The apparent fact that you were rejected for a trainee position on the basis of having qualifications and experience that would greatly shorten your training period makes no sense whatsoever. This is part of the reason why the RFA has a developing manpower crisis.
 

Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
#13
I recently spoke direct to my ex SCO (RFA) and a ex Yeoman (RFA). Who says they are crying out for personnel with DII and BOWMAN knowledge. Both of which I am fully qualified for (DII upto SSM and BOWMAN Advanced Signaler and BOWMAN Crypto Custodian). This seems to by passed the HR team who want raw ratings rather than experienced personnel. It is ashame because there is a lot of knowledge out there that could be an asset to the RFA.
have you tried asking about joining as an SE officer? Are your quals appropriate for that?
 

Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
#15
How about for SE officer cadet? Might be worth ringing them and seeing if what you have would count for anything on the trainee SE officer route. They are able to tailor make training pathways for individuals
 
#17
I recently spoke direct to my ex SCO (RFA) and a ex Yeoman (RFA). Who says they are crying out for personnel with DII and BOWMAN knowledge. Both of which I am fully qualified for (DII upto SSM and BOWMAN Advanced Signaler and BOWMAN Crypto Custodian). This seems to by passed the HR team who want raw ratings rather than experienced personnel. It is ashame because there is a lot of knowledge out there that could be an asset to the RFA.
I know what you mean. I too am SSM qualified on DII (where course spaces are even less likely than rocking horse shyte)
and I called up the RFA desk and was told 'in no uncertain terms' that it would not help me in anyway during an application process.

what sort of recruitment for any job ignores essential skill set for jobs they are recruiting for????

utter madness. If i was successful, the fact that I am soon to be EX-PO(CIS) means that most of the comms courses are not required and would actually be an asset in being available more for sea time. I am not asking for extra pay, not asking to jump in at a higher rate.......

but hey, that matters not one jot

crazy
 
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I know what you mean. I too am SSM qualified on DII (where course spaces are even less likely than rocking horse shyte)
and I called up the RFA desk and was told 'in no uncertain terms' that it would not help me in anyway during an application process.

what sort of recruitment for any job ignores essential skill set for jobs they are recruiting for????

utter madness. If i was successful, the fact that I am soon to be EX-PO(CIS) means that most of the comms courses are not required and would actually be an asset in being available more for sea time. I am not asking for extra pay, not asking to jump in at a higher rate.......

but hey, that matters not one jot

crazy


Also agree with you one hundred percent. Surely there has got to be a case for discrimination against ex-comms rates here! I could understand if I did not have the correct credentials that I would not be considered. When you not only have the correct credentials, you have a wealth of knowledge to back it up, you SHOULD be given a fair chance. Not to be placed on a pile of not required. Just because they have seen from our application form that we are from a comms background and they are not recruiting trained personnel. (Which was quite clearly stated in there letter of rejection) I feel very frustrated about this matter and I will be contacting the HR department to find out exactly what criteria needed to be met for these positions.
 
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