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HMS CITIZENSHIP (the ship you join when you leave the mob)

Are you happy serving onboard HMS Citizenship?

  • NO, I hate it. Can I rejoin the mob?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • UNSURE at present.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I like some things but not others

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    1,124
Re: HMS CITIZENSHIP (the ship you join when you leave the mo

Times have changed! I left in 87 & then they implied no civvy would employ us as we didn't have proper qualifications.Also the impression was that civvy pay was a lot higher.Never really had a problem getting a good job with good pay and being ex-pusser is definately a bonus when it comes to interviews.What's more harrowing than a fleet board oral?
 
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I left the mob. Have missed the part of the life and the money to start with. But I've no regrets. I got my self a job straight away as a college lecturer qualifying as a teacher at the same time. I left that to become a commercial manager for an International Chart Agent. Unfortunately that closed due owners retirement. I now run my own company.

Not bad for an OM who spent 7 years in the mob. It's not been easy as a strawberry. It's not all green grass on the other side. On some occassions I did feel like joining back up but I didn't and I'm glad.

The only thing I find that can be an issue is civvies not understanding ex service people trying to fit back in.

Some even think you lie when you say I've done this and done that and they think it's ball shit because it's something they don't see in the media.

I've no regrets I'm happy but it wasn't easy. I'm glad of the help I got from RFEA (after being out now for 4 years they still help and will for my working life) and I'm glad I went on my resettlement course.
 
Life is how you make it! life in the pusser is good as long as you believe in it! Stop believing and yo usee the truth, time to get out! then sunbeam you are on your own!

Pusser gives you a fighting chance in the 'ratrace' it teaches you self discipline and how to bullshit! (it rarely teaches you how to 'settle' but you wouldn't have joined if you could anyway would you?)

Unfortunately for every one that makes it there are two that don't and one that fails miserably! Not very good odds true! but better than the average civvy, the trouble is the failure is that - total!!

Cest la vie

I didn't vote the answer depends on the day as much as anything!
 
Wow, big question, my vote went to the same as most, some but not all.

Left the Andrew as OM's and WRENS at sea didn't seem a good idea to a WEM(R), also got married (To a Yank) and that was another factor.

I have had a multitude of jobs since leaving, alarm installer (US), electrician (US), Maintenance Mechanic (UK), Technical Recruiter (UK), IT Recruiter (US), Outside Sales, Electrical Distributor (US) and last but not least VHF Radio Engineer (US). Last one is working with a lad I joined the mob with 23 years ago, and finally found something I like doing as much as being a matelot, mind you it's probably because I'm working with one doing a job similar to being a Pinky again. One thing the mob does teach you is flexibility and being able to talk yourself into most situations. but when I left the C&G qualifications I got from mob was worthless and in Plymouth no employer wanted to know about an Ex-Matelot, I do know lads up the line who had better luck with being Navy though. Thankfully the Yanks love it so here I am and here I will stay.
 
I left in 79, totally disenchanted with the Mob. I've had quite a few jobs since, some good, some total crap, some brilliant, but I don't regret leaving. The only things I miss are the people, the life style, and lunatic runs ashore wherever. Civvies just don't get the ethos of Jack (especially in Guzz) and never will. Still proud to have been a smally cog in the big wheel that helped win the Cold War though.
 
Re: HMS CITIZENSHIP (the ship you join when you leave the mo

I left the RN Mar 04 after 29 years, The only thing I miss is the people, Friends, Oppos

Luckily I too found employment fairly quickly and yes there was a drop in pay but after a couple of years Im backup there again and earning even more.

Looking back I think I left at the right time No ships, No personnel, longer deployments and more issues to deal with.

It may seem sad to say but I think From 74-2004 I had the best of what the RN had to offer.

Its also not until to leave that you realise how many transferable skills you have and take for granted. The civilian empoyer when employing a service person - He is getting sometimes a Rolls Royce for the price of a mini but it gets better

trust me
 
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I’m due to leave the RN in 3 months and 2 days after 22 years (but who's counting?).
I'm looking forward to being a strawberry but I’m a bit nervous about finding a new job and being in married quarters I also have to find somewhere to live as well.
I’ve sent my CV out to lots of companies and agencies over the last month or so and not one reply, why is it all you hear just before you’re due outside is “there’s hundreds of jobs out there for ex-service people, you won’t have any trouble getting one†still I’ll keep trying, 3 months before I really start to panic. :thumright:
 
Due out next month, leave on a Friday start new job on Monday. Can't wait.
Will miss the runs ashore, but will be working with ex-servicemen so banter should be the same hopefully.
 
sparkerbuntingnowcis said:
Due out next month, leave on a Friday start new job on Monday. Can't wait.
Will miss the runs ashore, but will be working with ex-servicemen so banter should be the same hopefully.

Just out of interest matey, what are ex sparker/bunting/cis doing on the outside, have 3 years left in myself?
 
5dits, doing a commcen job in London. 10K a year drop in basic pay, but shift allowance and a second pension accumulating. So when I finally retire should be okay financially. Taking 1 step back to move 2 steps forward.
 
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RP1986 said:
I’m due to leave the RN in 3 months and 2 days after 22 years (but who's counting?).
I'm looking forward to being a strawberry but I’m a bit nervous about finding a new job and being in married quarters I also have to find somewhere to live as well.
I’ve sent my CV out to lots of companies and agencies over the last month or so and not one reply, why is it all you hear just before you’re due outside is “there’s hundreds of jobs out there for ex-service people, you won’t have any trouble getting one†still I’ll keep trying, 3 months before I really start to panic. :thumright:

Well i've handed my ID card back last week and drove through the Dockyard gates for the last time. We move out of MQ's next month and into a rented house, (not going to buy one at the moment with the way the housing market is). I put my CV on lots of web sites and applied for what seems like hundreds of jobs. No joy for over two months then i got a call from a gent who works for a small agency saying he saw my CV on a web site and thought he had the perfect job for me. True to his word within a week i was sent for by a company in London and had a two hour interview (the first one in 22 years). The last thing the interviewer said was "we'll let you know" I travelled back down south and had to wait for 5 days for the phone call that informed me "yes you've got the job" :dance: :boogie: so now i've left the Navy and start my new life with a new home and a new job earning more money, i hope things carry on going from strength to strength but who knows, time will tell. :thumright: For those people leaving the Navy in the near future it is one of the must nerve racking things you are going to do but stick with it and something will turn up in the end.
 
Re: HMS CITIZENSHIP (the ship you join when you leave the mo

Heath and Safety Advisor, Yes i Know 80% of all ex-force go down this route but it's good money and imho it's better then being a security guard or stacking shelves, but they were the next choices if this job hadn't come along.
 
clanky said:
Good luck in the new job shippers. I'm outside next year, really looking forward to it.

Thanks, don't forget if you haven't got a job to go out to, put your CV on every relevant job web site. There are some people that will waste your time but if you're lucky, as i was, someone will spot you and give you a call.
 

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