Hello all new here in need of help!

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  1. Hi, new here, found you lot on google search because I need some advice please.

    Basically, applied, did the test fine passed that for the job im going for (Warfare Specialist) then had my medical and interview, but one problem came up in my medical, apparently im Colour Blind, I did that book where you have to identify numbers in all the dots and couldnt see anything, I sort of knew that I was colourblind just didnt really think it was that bad as its never effected me in life. Then I had to match these wires up, did that fine, then he told me I will need to do the Lantern Test. I've got that next monday and im really scared that I might fail, I want this job so badly, I really want to join the Navy. But I dont really understand what happens during this test and how does it work and is it hard, wondered if any of you have done it already?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Thanks aussiepint, I have already found that site, I more wanted to know if anyone has done it and what really happens during it. Thanks anyway!
  3. Don't worry too much about the LANTERN (Literacy And Numeracy Testing & Education in the Royal Navy (I kid you not!))test. As the rather long winded name suggests, it is all about being able to spell and add up. Well maybe a bit more complicated than that, but not much. Everyone who joins up has to take this test (The old NAMET test for the old salts), so if they have put you through for it, I would say that the colour blindness isn't too much of a problem. No idea how difficult it is, but if it is anything like the old style test, it starts off dead simple (add 2+2 and spell your name correctly) up to more complicated eqations and comprehension exercises. As long as you can read, write and add up a bit you should be fine.

  4. What he said mate :)
    Its a long winded name for a relatively simple testing procedure that you would have to do anyway, nothing to do with Colour Perception ;)
  5. Basically for all of us poor sods who are colour blind there are 3 main tests of our ability to see colours.

    1) The Ishihara Book test (pick the numbers and trace the lines in the multicoloured blobs)

    2) The Trade test (match the different colour wires up)

    3) The Holmes Wright (B) Lantern Test (Spot the colour of the faint dot produced by the lantern)

    The Ishihara basically says if you are colour blind or not, the trade test says whether you can actually handle electrical wiring and the Lantern test says whether you can identify a port and starboard light at night at distance.

    The Lantern test is nothing difficult, basically they sit you in a dark room with a lantern at the other end. The lantern has a wheel that slowly revolves filtering the light to produce either a very faint green, red or white dot. Your job is basically to record as accurately as you can the correct sequence of colours shown.
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    What he said, this is the Lantern test to which he refers- marvelous, well put. :thumright:
  7. Ahh, apologies :)
    When a Career type bloke mentions Lantern test, it is easy to think of the RN type test.
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Will let you off Lamri if you forward your Avatar's mobile number as requested...
  9. Thats for me to kn...
    actually I don't know it :(
  10. Got this though, enjoy!
  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Cheers mate, my missus has just"duffed me in" for that!
  12. lol, hope it was worth it mate :)
  13. Thanks very much mate, thats put a smile on my face, glad to know it's not some big long scary test! Cheers again!
  14. It's basically a black box with 2 faint lights inside which emit combinations of red/green/white light. The Doc will flip though all the combinations and you simply have to say "red white, white white, white green" etc.

    The white-green one threw me a bit (it's a very light green), so I had to sit in a pitch-black room for 15 minutes and re-take the test in the dark.
  15. Damn, failed the Lantern test yesterday which now makes me CP4, I was going to be a Warfare Specialist, now I don't really have a choice and might have to settle with being a Steward. :(
  16. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The other alternative is to consider re-sitting the recruiting test & improving your score, if you've only taken it once before, as this will open up your options.

    CP4 is acceptable for

    Engineering Technician (Marine or Weapons Engineering), Medical Assistant, Logs(CS) (P)or(D)[Chef, Writer & Steward], Logs (SC)[Stores] & Royal Marines.

    By the way you didn't actually fail the lantern test, if you failed it you would've been recorded as below CP4 and unsuitable for service- doomed to a monochrome civilian life.

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