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HMS Raleigh in 19 Days

Walter_white

Badgeman
I am going to Raleigh in 19 Days and I have worked my ass of to get fit. I'm 16 years old and straight from school. Now is the time where the nerves are beginning to kick in but I'm also excited. I have read in many places on this forum that being 16 will put you at a huge disadvantage in the mob as the older lads will be going out on the lash and won't have as much in common. Raleigh aside, I want to put full effort into my next 2 years of AET training and to 100% knuckle down. Am I making the right choice by joining at 16? I have all my GCSEs (3Bs and 6 Cs to be exact) at a very mediocre level and really don't fancy furthering my education onto a-levels.
 

dapperdunn

War Hero
Book Reviewer
I am going to Raleigh in 19 Days and I have worked my ass of to get fit. I'm 16 years old and straight from school. Now is the time where the nerves are beginning to kick in but I'm also excited. I have read in many places on this forum that being 16 will put you at a huge disadvantage in the mob as the older lads will be going out on the lash and won't have as much in common. Raleigh aside, I want to put full effort into my next 2 years of AET training and to 100% knuckle down. Am I making the right choice by joining at 16? I have all my GCSEs (3Bs and 6 Cs to be exact) at a very mediocre level and really don't fancy furthering my education onto a-levels.
I joined at 16 and was out on the lash in Lee on Solent with 'the lads' after passing out of Raleigh then Pembroke and had my first proper draft, Daedalus.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I am going to Raleigh in 19 Days and I have worked my ass of to get fit. I'm 16 years old and straight from school. Now is the time where the nerves are beginning to kick in but I'm also excited. I have read in many places on this forum that being 16 will put you at a huge disadvantage in the mob as the older lads will be going out on the lash and won't have as much in common. Raleigh aside, I want to put full effort into my next 2 years of AET training and to 100% knuckle down. Am I making the right choice by joining at 16? I have all my GCSEs (3Bs and 6 Cs to be exact) at a very mediocre level and really don't fancy furthering my education onto a-levels.

I joined at 16 in 1960, had Cinderella leave during training, I was the only Junior on my first ship, no one cared about my age I was treated the same as everyone else (it was too much hassle to single me out.) I was thrown out of the Breakwater Hotel on Portland whilst "celebrating" my 17th birthday, the Landlady bought me a short which I quickly downed, she then found out it was my 17th and not my 19th as she'd thought. I was such a big strapping lad in those days that she picked me up and threw me out. I was back in a couple of days later and nothing was said.
Your age won't affect much ( apart from leave times) but any bad attitude might.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
I was a few days into being 17. Apart from the Cinderella leave - no difference. Wasn't even asked my age in a bar until the night of my 18th! I had a 23 year ball - just go for it and grasp every opportunity offered or given to you. Or sit and whinge about everything. It will be what (in general) YOU make of it.

PS I was the Class Leader at 17 too!
 

Walter_white

Badgeman
I was a few days into being 17. Apart from the Cinderella leave - no difference. Wasn't even asked my age in a bar until the night of my 18th! I had a 23 year ball - just go for it and grasp every opportunity offered or given to you. Or sit and whinge about everything. It will be what (in general) YOU make of it.

PS I was the Class Leader at 17 too!
Does the Cinderella leave have a bad effect on your social life as the rest will be staying to get leathered whilst you're in a taxi home? :)
 

Stand_Still

Lantern Swinger
I was 15 1/2 when I joined, still didn't know very much about the real world when I joined my first ship at 17 but the majority of ABs and Killicks were happy to teach the ways of the world and the Andrew and if you take everything you're told with a pinch of salt you'll get by alright. First time I got asked my age was in Liverpool and I was 21!
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Not at all.

It's only until you're 18. Shit happens I'm afraid. It'll only get worse if you go to the states and the drinking age is 21. And they ID you.

I have heard that the lads might just possibly get together and cobble together a number of very official looking IDs for the juniors that states your age as being 'over 21'...................
 

Walter_white

Badgeman
I have heard that the lads might just possibly get together and cobble together a number of very official looking IDs for the juniors that states your age as being 'over 21'...................
I'm not going to look 21 for a good 10 years yet. But fake ids do sound a good idea ;)
 

Walter_white

Badgeman
Not at all.

It's only until you're 18. Shit happens I'm afraid. It'll only get worse if you go to the states and the drinking age is 21. And they ID you.
That is all good then I suppose. I'm being an AET and I'm gonna really knuckle down so maybe it'll be a good thing?
 
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