Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

Tryneowy

Midshipman
@metocman I'm not going to lie - the thought about leaving the NHS and starting at the very bottom does play on my mind a little. But I really feel that the pros of joining far outweigh the cons. As far as jobs like cleaning the loos etc go I've cleaned more soiled equipment and wiped more bums than I can remember. Not glamorous but I'm of the mindset that it's part of the job and you've got to get on with it.

You've made me feel so much better about the prospects of promotion in the future. I'm a bit of a nerd so I'll aim to get through the task book and exams sharpish. Also I'm now very jealous of your career!

You've been a great help to me so thank you very much :)
 

metocman

Lantern Swinger
@metocman I'm not going to lie - the thought about leaving the NHS and starting at the very bottom does play on my mind a little. But I really feel that the pros of joining far outweigh the cons. As far as jobs like cleaning the loos etc go I've cleaned more soiled equipment and wiped more bums than I can remember. Not glamorous but I'm of the mindset that it's part of the job and you've got to get on with it.

You've made me feel so much better about the prospects of promotion in the future. I'm a bit of a nerd so I'll aim to get through the task book and exams sharpish. Also I'm now very jealous of your career!

You've been a great help to me so thank you very much :)

Being a bit of a nerd will pay dividends. My career was not a model one. Spent ten years as an AB! only started climbing the ranks from 2007!
 

Devonjock

Midshipman
As an update on time to join in the branch. My son is on his third day and managed to give a quick call last night. (he hates sewing already :D). He says there are two of them joining the branch in their class and both waited for approx 18 months from passing the medical. Good luck if you decide to go in.
 

hmapp1

Newbie
Hi all,

Just writing to clarify, when you say waiting times, is that from the point you initially applied and sat your RT, or when you had passed fitness, medical, interview etc and told 'you are now waiting for a start date'? @metocman

Hopefully the former? I sat my RT in Feb 17, but only had a bid put in for a place at Raleigh two months ago..

Also @Tryneowy how have you progressed so far in the process?

Cheers
 

Tryneowy

Midshipman
Hi all,

Just writing to clarify, when you say waiting times, is that from the point you initially applied and sat your RT, or when you had passed fitness, medical, interview etc and told 'you are now waiting for a start date'? @metocman

Hopefully the former? I sat my RT in Feb 17, but only had a bid put in for a place at Raleigh two months ago..

Also @Tryneowy how have you progressed so far in the process?

Cheers

@hmapp1 I think the wait is from when you have passed the medical/interview/fitness but I may be mistaken.

I've done the interview and telephone medical with Capita. Just chasing up with the GP now. I thought my history of eczema may hold me up but I've beem told I may be able to progress sooner. I'm not taking that as a given as I think they'll be quite strict. Even so it shouldn't delay more than a few months.
 

metocman

Lantern Swinger
Hey guys, good question on how to define waiting times. I think nowadays that people would count their waiting time as being "waiting for a date to join Raleigh after all the tests have been completed"
My generation would probably define as being from filling in the initial application because back in the 90's and before the military processed the applications and there were very little or no fitness tests actually carried out before Raleigh. In fact fitness tests for the RN only came in about 2001.
 

Secret_Sqirrel

Midshipman
To help clarify (metocman pretty much nailed it):
Once you have completed all the tests required (normally the final one is the PJFT) your AFCO will request an entry date - this is the first time RN Allocations will have sight of you. Allocations are then prioritised on "seniority" which is when you sat the RT e.g. if you sat the RT 12 months ago and another candidate sat it 8 months ago you would be picked first.
 

hmapp1

Newbie
@Tryneowy believe me I've had my strife's with capita and the medical process, got knocked back for 'asthma' but the appeal process is pretty straight forward if you do get deemed 'medically unfit'. Hope all goes well for you after.

@metocman @Secret_Sqirrel Thanks for your replies and info. Hopefully it shouldn't be too much longer for me then, having sat my RT some time ago, I should be relatively 'senior' on the hm list. My AFCO has told me that allocations are currently being carried out manually by one individual so it is very much a waiting game for us applicants.
 
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