How long do BSQs take? Part Threes in particular.

Morning all,

Assuming you kept your head down and wanted to get through them fast and worked hard.

When doing your Part Threes, how long would it take before you get your dolphins? Six months? A year? Is there an average length?

Also, as an unqualified submariner, when you're not doing them, what are you doing? Just being a passenger and trying not to get in everyone else's way? I'm guessing you can't watchkeep.

And say you're not a specialist, would you even know what duty you'd been assigned yet? Or does that come later...or do you become a planesman or a sonar tech on your first day?
Part 3 (or SMQ (Wet) as it's now known) should be completed within 3 months of joining your first boat. When on watch, in whatever watchkeeping position your branch is, you'll be learning your trade, when stood down or off watch is when you do your Part 3 training. Planesmen are the PO(CIS),MA's and Logs branches (except chefs). Except for the warfare branch everyone has 2 jobs onboard, their normal branch work and a seagoing watchkeeping position which may have nothing to do with your branch. It would help if you said what branch your going for.
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