Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by woody76, Mar 1, 2011.

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  1. Hello to all,

    I am new here and looking for some info on Naval life.

    I am 35 in Sept, married with 4 kids and 1 on the way and am looking for a change in life and was looking at the forces. I am too old for the Army and the RAF dont really have much to offer and on speaking to my uncle who did 20 plus years he recommended the Navy as they seem to offer all jobs for my age.

    I have spoken to my AFCO and have information from them enroute, but what I am after is stuff you wont get in the glossy printed material.

    I am unsure what trade to go for have looked at MA or maybe Personnel or Supply any info on these trades would be great.

    Would also like any info on family life social and housing.

    My wife is concerned that I maybe too old and wouldnt be treated fairly I have said that the Navy prefer mature recruits is this true?

    What are the waiting times for these trades?

    I know there is alot of questions and I appreciate any constructive answers and know I should contact the AFCO regarding some of these questions but found this website so thought i ask whats on my mind.

    Many Thanks

  2. Get in touch with AFCO immediately, today if possible. If you hang about you will be too old by the time you have worked your way up to the top of the waiting list
  3. Long waiting lists may mean you're too old to join already so contact AFCO straight away.
  4. Thanks Guys,

    Already spoke to careers line and they have booked me on a presentation and have sent out some info.

    Are the waiting lists that long??
  5. Yes AET is 3 years MA was 24 months last time I checked just as an example
  6. Better get my arse in gear then...
  7. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    'Get your arse in gear'? You ever thought about Submarines..?! :twisted:
  8. Oi :stfu::violent1:

    Woody, with 5 kids (by the time you get in) can you afford to live on the pay especially in the first 6 months?
  9. It is better than what I am earning now and I am not joining for the money just hoping for a better life....
  10. Average waiting list for the submarine service is approx 18 months vice the average of 2 to 3 years for the surface fleet. You will be given some help with reference to family and your age. But at the end of the day you will still need to pass the selection and entry requirements the same as anyone else. Once you have completed your 10 weeks basic training and the specialisation training (approx 6 months) you will be able to apply for a family married quarter where you are based. Navy life for the families can be a little isolated, but there are family groups etc in most base port areas. Check out the RN Community webpage - www.rncom.mod.uk

    Hope this helps, but you need to make a decision quickly and get on with it if it is what you and the family want.

    Best of luck

  11. Good luck Woody!
  12. Thanks everyone for your replies...
  13. good luck mate, keep us informed.
  14. Any news yet mate? been watching with interest


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