Cheers Wrecker and Graf. I'm still a long long way from Raleigh but if I remember I'll give a full and frank description
LANTERN is different from the RT because it is just a basic literacy and numeracy test. The assesment you do at Raleigh requires you to get Entry Level 2 or higher.
The levels go (from lowest upwards);
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2 - Minimum level required for Raleigh
Entry Level 3
Level 1 - Minimum level required for promotion to Leading Hand
Level 2 - Minimum level required for promotion to Petty Officer.
If you go on an RPC, you will get to see exactly how the LANTERN is carried out.
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so in the 10 weeks basic training at Raleigh we are required to do the LANTERN test, if we do not reach Level 2 we will be sent home?
Here are my top tips for passing phase 1 training:
1. Always do what you are told, if it's too hard, try your best anyway.
2. Prepare yourself physically prior to arriving, get on the bike, go swimming, start running as often as you can, stop smoking (you won't have time for tabbing anyway.
3. Listen to your instructors and superiors, they have a lot of knowledge and experience to pass on to you. You have it easy compared to them, when they went through Raleigh, there were no duvets, mobile phones and luxuries, the food was worse and they were there for longer.
4. If you have any spare time, you've forgotten to do something. If you are sat in the NAAFI eating nutty, consider the possibility that your boots could do with another coat of polish.
5. Work as a team, help the weaker members of your division, as the stronger members will help you. If you have a flair for ironing, offer to do someone else's, they might help you out with maths or boot bulling in return.
6. Remember at all times, phase 1 training isn't the Navy, it's just the shit you have to do to get into the Navy. If you are having a crap day, remember that in 6 months time you could be drinking cocktails on a beach in Barbados while being paid.
7. Be proud, be confident, you've achieved a lot just getting to phase 1 in the first place. Stand tall when your superiors speak to you but don't be arrogant, your confidence in yourself will inspire their confidence in you.
8. Finally, enjoy it, you will look back on Raleigh as one of the most exciting times of your life, you will make friends that will last forever and you will look back on the good times with fond memories, the shit times and pain will fade into obscurity.