HMS Raleigh Advice and Tips

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  1. * Both sexes must wear appropriate bed wear, as instructors of the opposite sex are required to carry out head counts / bed checks during the silent hours.

    * You may be granted leave privileges during your initial training but free time is limited. You will be in uniform throughout the early part of training. In addition locker space is at a premium; so do not overdo the amount of civilian clothes you bring. This applies to all personal belongings; keep the amount you bring to a bare minimum. This will include the kit you travel in to join HMS Raleigh.

    * Swim wear must contain an inner, and should be as short as possible, as you may need to wear them under other kit.

    * All accommodation blocks are single sex.

    * If you wear contact lenses and also have spectacles bring them both with you. Tinted and photo-chromatic lenses may only be worn for medical reasons. Make sure you have plenty of fluid. Contact lenses should be removed before arrival, to allow for visual acuity checks.

    * You will need to have £50 in cash on joining HMS Raleigh, ie, £50 in hand after any travelling costs including food and sundries paid for whilst en route. During Monday, on completion of signing on, £5 will be needed for a hair cut. You may also find that you need to purchase certain sundries from the Londis shop which will be done on an opportunity basis. You will also need to have £22 available for the Friday of Week 3 to cover the laundry costs accrued during Phase One training.

    * Mobile phones may be taken, however they are only to be used out of working hours, and not in mess decks.

    * It is highly advisable that all recruits wear a wrist watch as time-keeping and time management is an essential part of Naval life.

    * Your wages will be paid directly into a Bank Current Account. Therefore, it is advisable that you open an account prior to joining. If you do not have a Bank Account, there are limited bank facilities (provided by Lloyds Bank) available to enable you to open a bank account at HMS Raleigh. However, this may result in a delay in processing your first payment. The on-site bank is as stated Lloyds, therefore a suitable cash card is recommended.

    * Training shoes will be issued to all recruits to undertake physical training evolutions, however own training shoes may be brought for recreational use.

    * You should not bring any of the following:

    a. Valuable items of jewellery.
    b. Excessive amounts of cash.
    c. Cars or motorcycles.
    d. Portable DVD Players / Walkman / MP3 stereos (headphones not allowed).
    e. Offensive weapons (including pocket knives).
    f. Alcohol.
    g. Pornography (including images on phones).
    h. Non – prescribed medicines.

    More advice on kit can be found here on the Royal Navy website.
     
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  2. Re: Basic hints and tips for HMS Raleigh

    Taking your own iron isn't a bad idea, but remember that locker space is at a premium.

    As has been said, don't take much in the way of civillian clothes. In fact, the set of civvies you stand up in when you arrive will be plenty for your time there.

    Take BLACK socks only (and keep your issued pair for kit musters).

    If you smoke, do yourself a favour and stop.

    Get accustomed to getting up early in the morning if you aren't already - you'll be up at 0530; lights out at 2200.

    If you were a sea cadet, don't shout it from the rooftops. You might know a lot of the stuff already eg drill, kit upkeep, but don't act like you know it all.

    Finally - don't worry about it too much - you are there to learn. Trying to be prepared is good, but don't try to be the finished product on the day you join.

    Have a look at the recruit diaries on the RN website; they are surprisingly bullshit-free.
     
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  3. Re: Basic hints and tips for HMS Raleigh

    Talk to your instructors as much as you need. The two for our entry are absolutely amazing. They carry rib- ended mop handles for poking people with ("For your pleasure"), but very good blokes.

    Do take an iron. No doubt about it, you need an iron.

    Notebook and pens will be provided, but it's good to have spares.

    A lot of things you can get away with if you don't get caught.

    Most important thing to take is a positive attitude. Never be the one that whinges or says, "I can't be bothered", or "I don't want to". Ever. don't like it? Tough, it's not that bad. Just keep it to yourself and you will be rewarded with people's respect.
     
  4. Re: Basic hints and tips for HMS Raleigh

    Start doing your own washing and ironing before you go, it'll come as less of a shock when you get there. Likewise, start wearing your hair short.

    KEEP YOURSELF CLEAN!

    Never answer back to a senoir rate or officer

    Try. That's all the Navy really asks and your Div staff would rather spend their time and effort on someone who's interested.

    Don't be too critical of the food. It's not great but you'll be piling in the calories, and you'll need to.

    Take the time to socialise with your new mates and have a beer or two if you can. It's a long eight weeks if all you do is phys and kit maintenance.
     
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    the food was superb when i was there....plenty of choice and superbly cooked....
     
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    WTF? I took my Minidisc player to ATR Winchester and other lads had walkman's, etc and it was no problem!

    Damn, so I can't take my iPod?
     
  7. Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    We talked about this at the pre-join brief. Sitting in a corner listening to music on your headphones isn't very team-oriented. Raleigh is a big team working exercise so they don't like it. You can listen to music on speakers apparently.
     
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

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    Spot on.

    Onboard ship you cannot hear emergency broadcasts with "Take That" belting out their latest Hit Parade number in your lugs. :thumright:

    Plus the fact, Ipod's are a bit of a sore point with regard boarding ops in the RN at present.
     
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    lol So you can't even take them on board with you?

    Oh and it wouldn't be Take That, it'd be THIS!, and THIS, AND THIS!

    Awesome stuff!
     
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    The truth is just about everyone may have mp3 players, but they may only be used when appropriate.

    Their use is banned at Raleigh, so you leave it locked away.
     
  11. Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    Oh I can get over Raleigh as I'm not there for a life of pleasure, I'm there for the challenge.

    But it would be nice to know I'm able to take my iPod crammed full of Emo and Metal goodness to the depths of the ocean with me.

    Oh and Ninja, I've sent you a PM!
     
  12. Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    When you're in your pit, resting or at night, walkman/mp3 is not a problem. Also, sitting in your mess square when not working is ok, however, if you are duty watch at a weekend or out of hours etc, if you're going to use a MP3, only wear one ear phone. However, this is not advisable when you are the sprog onboard xx
     
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    Thanks Jenny, and thanks also for the list of tips on the first post. A great help!

    :thumright:
     
  14. Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    No problems, my last post is referring to being on ship, not Raleigh though xx
     
  15. Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    best tip really get fit before you go...and get used to getting up early !
     
  16. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    The following documents must be taken to HMS RALEIGH.

    Document Check:
    National Insurance Number - this should be obtained from your last employer (as for Tax Form P45) or, in the case of school leavers, from your last school or Youth Employment Office.
    National Health Card - If not held by your parents, this should be obtained from your family doctor. If you are unable to obtain a card, please find out from your doctor or parents your National Health Service Number.
    Birth Certificate (original or certified copy)
    Marriage Certificate/Deed Poll (if applicable).
    Tax Form P45 and/or P60 (applicable only if you have been employed and have paid income tax) - this should be obtained from your last employer.
    Your passport.

    Obtain from your Doctor your Immunisation and Vaccination history. If you cannot produce your Immunisation history on entry it will be assumed that you require a full course of immunisations. Any recognised educational certificates you may have.
    Your bank account details (if you do not have a bank account you are strongly advised to open one prior to joining. Your Naval salary can only be paid into a bank account).
    Pre-Joining Fitness Programme. You are required to produce this guide at HMS RALEIGH.

    KIT LIST FOR RECRUIT TRAINING
    ITEM
    Underwear 7 sets
    Wet razor (not Electric) / shaving cream or foam, spare razor blades, moisturizer / shaving balm, soap and soap dish, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush or comb, nailbrush and nail clippers or scissors.
    Smart casual clothing: As required
    Swimwear (Note: No bikinis or football shorts)
    Training Shoes (not Trainer Boots) Tracksuit Slippers or Flip Flops (Accommodation and washing facilities are communal) 1 pair
    Large Towels 3
    Wooden/Plastic Hangers(6 coat and 2 trousers/skirts) 8
    Letter writing material (plus stamps), Black Pens: 1 Ballpoint and 1 Black indelible marker pen 2
    Soft yellow dusters (good quality – for polishing shoes) 2
    Black Shoe Polish 1 large / 1 small tin
    Steam iron (not travel iron) 1
    Clothes brush 1
    Shoe / boot brushes 1 set
    Pressing cloth (non-fluffy tea towel or large, white handkerchief) 1
    Sewing kit (including reels of button thread – 1 black, 1 dark green, 1 white, 1 light blue and 1 pair of scissors) 1
    Spray bottle (household type, to aid ironing) 1
    Padlocks and keys (medium sized – including spare keys – not combination’) 2
    Spare pair of spectacles / contact lenses (strongly advised – see note 3) As required
    Hand washing powder or liquid hand wash. 1
    Spending money (see note 4) £50 (recommended)
    1 x 1 Ltr Water Bottle 1
    Wrist Watch 1


    Notes:

    1. You may be granted leave privileges during your initial training but free time is limited and you will be in uniform throughout the early part of training. In addition, locker space is at a premium; so do not overdo the amount of civilian clothes you bring.

    2. If you wear contact lenses and also have spectacles bring them both along with your prescription. Tinted and photo-chromatic lenses may only be worn for medical reasons.

    3. Your pay will be sent to a bank Current Account only and you are strongly advised to open such an account prior to joining. If you do not, there are limited bank facilities available to enable you to open a bank account. This may result in a delay in processing your first payment. You should arrive with a minimum of £50 cash to tide you over the first few weeks. You are advised that you will be required to pay a laundry charge in cash of £22 and £4 for a haircut if needed.

    4. During your 9 week basic training you will be offered immunisation against; Meningitis C, Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio, BCG(Tuberculosis), Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and hepatitis B (Healthcare workers only). If you have received these or any other vaccinations in the past 10 years please bring documentary evidence with you to HMS RALEIGH. Details of your vaccination history may be obtained from your general practitioner or from the Child Health Information Department. If you can not produce documentary evidence you will be offered re-vaccination in week 1 of your basic training.

    GENERAL GUIDANCE
    1. You will be required to pass the RN Swimming Test and the RN Fitness Test, which is to a higher standard than the Pre-Joining Fitness Test which you have already passed. A 2.4Km run will occur on Tuesday of Week 1 and is an assessed serial; therefore, you are strongly advised to continue to work on your level of fitness ability prior to joining HMS RALEIGH.
    2. You are also strongly advised to learn basic hand washing and ironing skills before joining to enable you to maintain your uniform to a high standard.
    3. No jewellery is to be visible with uniform other than signet or wedding rings for males; wedding, engagement, signet rings, and a plain gold sleeper or stud earrings for females. In addition, female trainees are to ensure that long hair is worn up using plain hairgrips/hairnets and, the use of make up is not allowed during Initial training. All body piercing is to be removed prior to joining.
    4. Food and drink are not allowed in the accommodation areas, you should therefore only take enough for your journey. There is a shop and automat facility at HMS RALEIGH.
    5. Mobile phones can be taken with you but they can only be used out of working hours. You are not permitted to use the camera facility on your mobile phone during Phase 1 Training. You are not to take any of the following items:
    • Valuable items of jewellery.
    • Excessive amounts of cash.
    • Cars or motorcycles.
    • Portable DVD Players/ Walkman/ MP3 stereos (headphones not allowed).
    • Offensive weapons (including pocket knives).
    • Alcohol.
    • Non-prescribed medicines.
    6. You will be informed on joining of your leave entitlement.
     
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  17. Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    One of the main reasons for not taking all the shiney things listed is in case it gets nicked. I know people think they can trust anyone as they are in the forces, but it does happen.
    In basic training you dont know a thing about everyone else, so its best to play safe. Sad as it may seem theft of peoples things does take place, even out in the fleet, as others in here will vouch for. So its best to play safe for the first few weeks
    I'm sure you can live with out those things for 8 weks of your life.... after all you will have 21 years and 10 months wiv em...... :eek:ccasion5:

    We all managed without the shineys when i joined in '84......come to think of it the personal cassette player hadn't been invented then!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  18. Re: HMS Raleigh- Joining Tips

    Hi i was just wondering what standards of fitness would be advised before i join basic

    *How fast would it be recomended to do a 1.5 mile run in?
    *How many press ups and sit ups in 2 mins?
    *How fast to swim 50 meters in?

    Thanks
     
  19. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

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    thanks ninja
     

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