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Is it still worth it?

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Concur with above - Jack ain't happy unless he's dripping about something - when he stops you know it's time to get the Bish on board..! :wink:

Admittedly most service personnel have more to drip about these days and if I was 16 again and waiting to join up in 2007 then I might reconsider my options, but in '86 I was young, dumb and full of optimism. My Sea Dad always told me: "When the fun stops it's time to leave". I wish I had listened to him, but by the time I realised the wisdom in his advice I was already in the "Pension Trap".

I've had a good life, seen some wonderful sights, met some great people, but now I'm clock-watching; justifying my pension until I can be the boss of me... 2 years to go! :thumright:
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Lamri: Ten years ago, two years' would just fly by - now the days, weeks and months are passing by soooo slowly... :yawn: :lol:

It is a shame that people in our situation should feel like that; knowing that the day will come when the Mob will just open the gates, snatch our ID card out of our hands and send us on our merry way with a boot ***********... your whole career (and a signifiant portion of your life) consigned to a few scribbles on a scrap of paper, the rest of the world ambivalent to what it signifies - you're just another statistic, a sad bloke sat in the pub telling war stories to people who don't give a shit... :oops:
 
Do you think that the way we feel may have something to do with the whole "Pension Trap" thing? Those above us know that we aren't going to throw that pension away and can therefore, to a certain extent, treat us any way that they feel whilst those below us feel that we are past our sell by dates ?
 

bren498

Midshipman
Well Amazonian i was in 18 years and you would hear the same messages then as you do now , if you think positive and focussed you will have a great career,irespective of changes,think the reverse and it will be the worst career in the world,i had a brilliant 18 years and i really dont think the mob is much different good luck
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Lamri: Erm, yeah to a certain degree. But it's up to us to make ourselves indispensible to those above and below us; learn 'office politics' so we can play mind games with the adults, and learn 'txt spk' so we're down wiv da kidz... :lol:
 
sgtpepperband said:
Erm, yeah to a certain degree. But it's up to us to make ourselves indispensible to those above and below us; learn 'office politics' so we can play mind games with the adults, and learn 'txt spk' so we're down wiv da kidz... :lol:

Oh I hear that! :D
 
:hug: Sarge and Lamri :hug: ... bless! :biggrin: Pop over on Friday for a drink with me and GR and we'll give you both a big, appreciative hug! :razz: :)

If you floating aimlessly on the oggin, send a rib ashore to collect us both. I'll curl up by the beer fridge and guard the padlock for you!
 
sgtpepperband said:
Lamri: Ten years ago, two years' would just fly by - now the days, weeks and months are passing by soooo slowly... :yawn: :lol:

It is a shame that people in our situation should feel like that; knowing that the day will come when the Mob will just open the gates, snatch our ID card out of our hands and send us on our merry way with a boot ***********... your whole career (and a signifiant portion of your life) consigned to a few scribbles on a scrap of paper, the rest of the world ambivalent to what it signifies - you're just another statistic, a sad bloke sat in the pub telling war stories to people who don't give a shit... :oops:

I did 27 plus ''boys'' time ,was grafting till the day I left to join the release
depot . The days flew by. Managed a couple of resettlement jollies before hand. The RN was changing --fewer ships and guys voting with their feet .
However when I did leave it was like a breath of fresh air --technology
bang up to date and no store robs .
Pension traps aren't ------ unless your staying in till your 55 . At 55 your pension will give you a reasonable amount to live on. However beware the taxman.
Got lots of good memories of the RN.


:nemo: :nemo:
 
Greenie said:
Pension traps aren't ------ unless your staying in till your 55 .

I couldn't disagree more on that point.
If you want to leave the mob WITH an immediate pension then you must do 22 years (under APFS 75). So from about 12-15 years in, you are without doubt in the "pension trap". And TRAP is exactly how it feels for most of us after a while. :)
 
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