How long can you stay in the royal navy?

Sumo

War Hero
I was forced to take my re-engagement leave twice, when I joined boats, the coxswain said the reggies had used the wrong codes, therefore as for as he was concerned I had never had my re-engagement leave?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
I understand that your first contract for the royal navy is 20 years but how easy is it to stay on for longer. Is it the case of as long as you want to stay they will give you a new contract or will they say that you have to leave. Is it easy to stay until you are 60 if you want to.
It isn't, it is 12 years initially.

If you pass for leading rate during the initial contract, it is extended to 20.

I'm 57 & have just signed a 3 year contract to 60, so it is possible but only if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements and have the specific skills required for the posts available. I initially joined, intending to serve about 5 years...in 1981.

Once you crack the first 20, there's no guarantee of employment beyond that so you may well find yourself having to change roles and undergo further pass/fail training courses.

In my case, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time but many of my colleagues were less fortunate and found themselves looking for a job at the age of 55, some 'only' aged 40 and it can be a daunting prospect.
 

Sumo

War Hero
It isn't, it is 12 years initially.

If you pass for leading rate during the initial contract, it is extended to 20.

I'm 57 & have just signed a 3 year contract to 60, so it is possible but only if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements and have the specific skills required for the posts available. I initially joined, intending to serve about 5 years...in 1981.

Once you crack the first 20, there's no guarantee of employment beyond that so you may well find yourself having to change roles and undergo further pass/fail training courses.

In my case, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time but many of my colleagues were less fortunate and found themselves looking for a job at the age of 55, some 'only' aged 40 and it can be a daunting prospect.
Job at 60 uumm doorman, toll both Tamar Bridge (there may be if he toll booths) option may be limited.
 

Rum_pot

Midshipman
It isn't, it is 12 years initially.

If you pass for leading rate during the initial contract, it is extended to 20.

I'm 57 & have just signed a 3 year contract to 60, so it is possible but only if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements and have the specific skills required for the posts available. I initially joined, intending to serve about 5 years...in 1981.

Once you crack the first 20, there's no guarantee of employment beyond that so you may well find yourself having to change roles and undergo further pass/fail training courses.

In my case, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time but many of my colleagues were less fortunate and found themselves looking for a job at the age of 55, some 'only' aged 40 and it can be a daunting prospect.
Thanks for the clarification on the initial contact length. So aslong as you meet the standards for the role you most likely will be offered a place or offered a place in another role of you are not required for that exact role. It still sucks that your employment isn't secure until you can retire even if you can still do the job.
 
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It still sucks that your employment isn't secure until you can retire even if you can still do the job.

Hardly. Recent info here was that the average time served is six years or less. Many reasons for leaving but family separation features high on the list.

Not forgetting that certain roles can extend to age 60 when not so long ago 22yrs/Age 40 was the usual Time Expiry date for ratings.

Still Sucks? Horlix!
 
Just add that you may not have noticed but the concept of 'Jobs for life' evaporated many years ago.

"Secure Employment" ?? I'm sure we'd all be interested to hear from you of any going which provide a career package with similar benefits to those offered by the services.

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Sumo

War Hero
There are some industries that offer secure employment, as long as they don't downsize, outsource or you screw up, the water supply and waste industry is one, hope this helps?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Basically the RN offers a 20 year contract to those prepared to advance themselves. For those expecting employment beyond 20 years, the bottom line is you have to provide the skillset and competency required by the service. Like any employer, not in the charity industry, no-one is going to continue to employ anyone that is not of use to them
 

Dusty70

War Hero
I had to retire at 40 whether I wanted to or not - at Portland I had the highest number of promotion points amongst all of the PO's (and there must have been hundreds there) but in a small Jack Dusty branch I had to wait for a CPO to leave or die - didn't happen

But, on the bright side, I left young enough to create a very successful career in civvy street - it what you make it at the time

Retire in August
Navy Pension
NHS Pension
Full State Pension

What's not to like :cool:
 
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