Is there an age limit to go to sea?

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  1. I was just wondering, as I'll be joining soon to go in Submarines and I'll only be around 16/17, if you join under 18, are you confined to stone frigates, or can yo actually go to sea?
  2. I have been on a Saga cruise when I was well over 60, if that's any help.
  3. Joined my first ship on my 17th Birthday, went to sea the following day! I think the skipper got paid extra as he was my legal guardian, not sure how true that bit was though. However, this was in 1984!
  4. When I joined at 15, after training the fisheads, usually went to sea, for there first draft!!!
  5. Never heard of a age limit. But you'll probably be 18 by the time you start your pt3 anyway Mike, or close to it.
  6. As an under 18 you can go to sea no problem, but you can't go to war.

  7. How far have you got with your application, Mike?
  8. Literally only just started, technically not started, got my RT in a fortnight
  9. The average application time is 12 to 24 months. Plus you will have 10 weeks at Raleigh followed by specialist training of a few months followed then by Submarine training, so even after you've joined you won't get on your first submarines for a good 12 months. So I would guess you are going to be over 18 by the time you get to sea.

    Good luck

  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    As stated above, you supposedly cannot deploy operationally until 18 & would be landed if the ship is sent to an operational theatre.

    You can join a seagoing ship from age 17 - if you can complete selection & training after joining on you 16th birthday!

    You can theoretically join a non-operational ship (refit, docking & essential defects, etc) from age 16 but a Tardis would be required to achieve it.
  11. You must be very, very, comfortable then !! ;)
  12. At least it wasn't a Costa cruise...
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