FPGRM any advice?

#1
Hello Shippers

Anyone got any advice to make my life easier for when I get sent courtesy of Her Majesties Government for Deployment?

I am talking how much civvie stuff to take and because I want to be as minimalistic as possible. Also luxury items in which to take.
 
#2
Minimalistic? Well obviously a Bauhaus chair and a tin of White Matt Paint for redecorating your bedspace is deriguer, either that or some Ikea flat packs they're usually pretty basic. :D

Anything that can fit in your Bergan once all your kit is in there that won't add dramatically to weight so:
Some civvy clothes? An iPod (Not to be used when working ala OD Batchelor of course.), a book 'War and Peace' is a good un and makes a handy doorstop or coffee table once read. A travel version chess set or scrabble or a pack of cards.
Basically whatever you're into, you'll be lugging it around, so dig out.
Ask people at your Unit who've already done it.
 
#3
Stay well away from that place. I was a troop Sgt there and it was the worst draft i've ever had. A nice place if you like hill walking and being on your own. If that floats your boat then enjoy. Oh yes and it's in Scotland!
 
#5
NZ_Bootneck said:
Minimalistic? Well obviously a Bauhaus chair and a tin of White Matt Paint for redecorating your bedspace is deriguer, either that or some Ikea flat packs they're usually pretty basic. :D

Anything that can fit in your Bergan once all your kit is in there that won't add dramatically to weight so:
Some civvy clothes? An iPod (Not to be used when working ala OD Batchelor of course.), a book 'War and Peace' is a good un and makes a handy doorstop or coffee table once read. A travel version chess set or scrabble or a pack of cards.
Basically whatever you're into, you'll be lugging it around, so dig out.
Ask people at your Unit who've already done it.
Yeah heard that when on patrol of course the use of an Ipod or a mobile phone is strictly forbidden, understandable. Thanks.
 
#6
brizolboy said:
Stay well away from that place. I was a troop Sgt there and it was the worst draft i've ever had. A nice place if you like hill walking and being on your own. If that floats your boat then enjoy. Oh yes and it's in Scotland!
I am rather hoping I won't be spending too much time there and only using it as a place to keep my stuff whilst out at sea doing my job.
I must say that the accomodation up in Faslane is the best I have been to on any Naval base and I have been to Raleigh which is a given, Nelson, Excellent and Collingwood.
 
#10
I've not been myself, but i've been informed that you do whatever the booties tell you to.

It is apparently not uncommon for people to be found swimming around in the loch having failed to turn up on time or bring the correct kit etc.

Quite different to what some people in the RNR are used to.
 
#11
trehorn said:
I've not been myself, but i've been informed that you do whatever the booties tell you to.

It is apparently not uncommon for people to be found swimming around in the loch having failed to turn up on time or bring the correct kit etc.

Quite different to what some people in the RNR are used to.
Not true, they just take away our zimmer frames!!
 

R12_CV

Lantern Swinger
#13
SpliceTheMainbrace said:
Hello Shippers

Anyone got any advice to make my life easier for when I get sent courtesy of Her Majesties Government for Deployment?

I am talking how much civvie stuff to take and because I want to be as minimalistic as possible. Also luxury items in which to take.
You won't have room for civvies in your bags once kitted out. Just a couple of t shirts, shorts and sandals.
You'll probably take back home more than you take anyway.
If you end up on RFA forget the idea of queueing up outside a NAFFI, they don't do shops on board so buy toiletries once there.
Camera, pc, learn to read books and get used to standing around....for hours on end!
You can access tinternet at PX and other wifi places when alongside but not on board. You'll be issued 30 mins satphone time and an email account.
If you're out to the middle east don't bother with greens. And expect hassle at the airport if you take ECBA. DON'T take ECBA plates... x ray flips out..! And if you don't have a S/R with a GPCCard with you, you'll have the excess baggage to pay for and the hassle of claiming it back from JPA.

As for making your life easier...leave the RNR..!
 

SO2Seaman

Lantern Swinger
#14
If you PM me, I will give you the email address of the LT in charge of you at FPGRM and the Chief who runs your Pre-Deployment Training. That way you will get the correct advice, and have an audit trail if the advice is incorrect.
However I am off on business (OZ and NZ for 5 weeks this Sat) so pse be quick as I might not have the time or the Internet access in the Outback!
Good Luck
SO2Seaman
 
#15
R12_CV said:
SpliceTheMainbrace said:
Hello Shippers

Anyone got any advice to make my life easier for when I get sent courtesy of Her Majesties Government for Deployment?

I am talking how much civvie stuff to take and because I want to be as minimalistic as possible. Also luxury items in which to take.
You won't have room for civvies in your bags once kitted out. Just a couple of t shirts, shorts and sandals.
You'll probably take back home more than you take anyway.
If you end up on RFA forget the idea of queueing up outside a NAFFI, they don't do shops on board so buy toiletries once there.
Camera, pc, learn to read books and get used to standing around....for hours on end!
You can access tinternet at PX and other wifi places when alongside but not on board. You'll be issued 30 mins satphone time and an email account.
If you're out to the middle east don't bother with greens. And expect hassle at the airport if you take ECBA. DON'T take ECBA plates... x ray flips out..! And if you don't have a S/R with a GPCCard with you, you'll have the excess baggage to pay for and the hassle of claiming it back from JPA.

As for making your life easier...leave the RNR..!
But like the Murpheys ............ :wink:

I would have thought that there's nothing more honest that hearing the experiences of someone who's actually experienced the joys of deployment first hand?

Speaking with the people who are actually sending you may give you an idea of how it SHOULD be but most of us know that this rarely happens in practice.

R12_CV's experience does seem to mirror the experiences of many of those who have deployed, or certainly the people I've had the pleasure of speaking with.
 

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