My son is currently at Dartmouth doing IWO(F) and will soon be assigned to a ship for basic fleet time. Later he will be assigned to another ship for Specialist Fleet time to gain a bridge qualification. He tells me that there is a rumour circulating that some of those in earlier batches have spent their entire fleet time in ships tied up in dockyards and that several have left the navy in frustration because this is not giving them the necessary experience to advance with their careers. Does anyone know if there is any truth in this? If so, it seems a very expensive waste.