HMS RALEIGH

future_ET(MES)

Midshipman
MY NEW ENTRY TRAINING STARTS ON NOV 5TH AT RALEIGH.HAS ANYONE WHO HAS PASSED OUT LATELY GOT SOME WORDS OF WISDOM OR SIMILAR ADVICE FOR ME? HAVE APPLIED TO BE AN ET(MES). LOOK FORWARD TO ANY RESPONCES
 

PompeySailor

Lantern Swinger
Yep - stop shouting. Turn your Caps Lock off....

Words of Wisdom? Listen and learn. Once you get away from Raleigh into professional training, make sure you take it seriously if you want to get anywhere - the faster you can get up that promotion ladder the better, and if you are switched on to this from an early stage, the more rewarding your career will be!
 
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future_ET(MES) said:
MY NEW ENTRY TRAINING STARTS ON NOV 5TH AT RALEIGH.HAS ANYONE WHO HAS PASSED OUT LATELY GOT SOME WORDS OF WISDOM OR SIMILAR ADVICE FOR ME? HAVE APPLIED TO BE AN ET(MES). LOOK FORWARD TO ANY RESPONCES

Yeah. I've got some advice.

Firstly, HMS Raleigh is the first part of a sequenced filtration system that does it's best to ensure that some of the bell-ends you line up with on Guy Fawkes Day this year don't become our little problem in two years or so. If you make it up the gangway onto your first ship, you have done very well, ticked many boxes and passed many unseen milestones toward becomeing one of us. Those that you do line up with at Raleigh will quickly polarise into those that can hack it, those that will hack it, those that will eternally struggle but try, those that have no intention on trying and finally those who are there just to either plase the whims of themselves, or others within their circle of freinds and family. Try to be in the first two sets...aim to be someone who will endure the rigours, is by no means a seasoned expert and someone who primarily is there to learn from the experience. Do not, by any mean, believe you can usurp the system, get away with anything or run your own routine. You will **** up. Use that notion with everything you do, be it marching, standing on divisions for ages in the cold, ironing your kit, sitting through tedious powerpoint lectures, having a shit and eating food. Raleigh is designed to wheedle out the ****-ups, tomorrow's admin burdens, next year's ambassadorial nightmare and more pointedly, those who will have you believe that the navy is there for themselves. Go there ready to be tired, bored, fed-up, bruised and disillusioned. Expect to leave Raleigh leaner, sharper, quicker-witted and with a hnadful of associates, some of whom you will never see again, but...you will remember every one of their names and faces. It is a short rite of passage for every perosn, male or female, into a better future. Beleive me.

When you have left Raleigh, you will have passed the first course in a lifelong series of lifeskills modules, none of which you will recieve any paper recognition for but all of which will temper your thoughts and prepare you for the adventure of a lifetime. Never forget, that when you get out of the taxi and board your first vessel, you are loading everything you own into a small grey box with some you like and some you don't, and going round the planet at governement expense to drink and **** whatever you want. You are a 'professional tourist'. Compare, if you will, your civvy counterparts who pay lastminute prices to go out to Greece to **** some fat lasses from Manchester, drink imitation British beer and eat fish and chips. You get paid to eat the cuisine of the world, drink at tax-free prices and can speak of the exotic beauty of any number of foreign women. Also, in real terms, you have six weeks leave per year (not including seagoers and weekends and public holidays) That gives the navy just over ten months of your time, for twelve months pay. Couple that with the fact that if you were to physically time the amount of grafting you were to do...and I don't include sitting on a gangway with a rifle 'grafting', as much as I do doing brightwork...you would be pushed to get five weeks hard work from you. Per year. Yes. Compare that with 'clocking in' and 'clocking out', overtime, strikes and other such fuckery that civvies have to deal with.

Just check the RN website for the rates of pay. Move fast through the ranks. Never be afraid to use the rate on your arm and above all else, be proud. Baasic training is not the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy is where I am at the moment, and after nearly thirty years, I'm still getting the best from it.

Levers
 
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Levers_Aligned - You ever thought of writing a dissertaion for Rum? I luv your posts but hell, means I have to use my brain :lol:

Take 3 pairs of clean undies for your kit musters, never wear them though, just an easy way of not cringing when your CPO sniffs them :evil: or did he just do that to the females???
 

PompeySailor

Lantern Swinger
True. I remember the inspecting staff doing that 20+ years ago to make sure that they had been washed - and there were always some that were more creative with the folding than with the washing...
 
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future_ET(MES) said:
not true surely? was that sniff on standing orders?

It is not on SO's but believe me, the CPO would smell your undies!!

After my first Kit muster I went out to the spa and brought 3 pairs of cheap and tacky undies just for my muster. I couldn't bare the thought of him sniffing, even though they were clean.

Also if you can get down to stores, try to see if you can get any extra kit, it all helps :wink:
 

Skunkmiester

Lantern Swinger
Remember that you will always regret not doing or trying something. As an ex Bootneck my biggest regret is that I never went for Sniper training or tried out for SC.
I'm pretty sure I could have done well and passed the sipes course. And the SC course although bloody hard could have happened.

If the oportunity comes up, go for it.

Also when you have passed out from Raliegh, remember that you are a small fish in a big pond, everyone else has done basic training, so keep your mouth shut and watch what the old sweats do, best way to learn I found.
 
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Don't take it to heart when higher ranks scream at you, well unless you have done something to deserve it.

We always thought our CPO was a bastard during basic then once we had passed out, we saw him in a better light.

Remember, what ever they teach you or do, professional that is, is for your own good.

Rather than jumping in with both feet, sit back and watch. That way your get to know who is who etc and not be known as an idiot.

Good luck with basic xxxxx
 

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