I've been thinking about joining some more.

#1
I can't really think why I need to go back to college. I can do my A levels from home, and hopefully complete them to a standard that will qualify me to join as an officer.

I'm desperate to join, though. I want to be in now, why? I've wanted to join for a long time. It just makes sense to do it now.

Would I be able to realistically study for extra qualifications, such as A levels - if mine don't end up being up to scratch- and applying for a commission within 2 years?

I don't think people understand how much I want this.
 

J.J.

Midshipman
#2
You're wanting it too soon! Be patient, concentrate on getting your A levels and you'll be in a far stronger position when you apply. Once you're in you're not going to get much time for A level study, especially in the early years.
 
#3
I want it now, I really do. On average, how long does the application process take anyway? I'll be doing my A level exams in January next year anyway.
 

IB08

Lantern Swinger
#6
For an officer, it takes at least six months to get to AIB, and if you pass, you can be selected for BRNC within a year period. For Ratings, it varies on which branch you are going for.
 
#7
I want to go in as a rating, I think. Then probably apply for a commission later on.

I want to go into an engineering discipline. Ideally the submarine fleet as a marine engineering technician.

I'm just desperate to get in.
 

captainobvious

Lantern Swinger
#8
_Tim_ said:
I want to go in as a rating, I think. Then probably apply for a commission later on.

I want to go into an engineering discipline. Ideally the submarine fleet as a marine engineering technician.

I'm just desperate to get in.
If you CAN go in as an officer, but need to wait, WAIT, you'll still be an officer quicker than if you'd joined as a rating.

Getting a commission 'later on' is hard, and by no means guaranteed.
 
#15
dunkers said:
Tim, you should really be asking these questions at a recruiting office, as only they can give you official (correct) answers.
I was hoping someone like Ninja would pop their head in ;)

Ninja_Stoker said:
_Tim_ said:


5 GCSEs to go for a commission from the rates? Is that right?
Yes, if under 26, however if you are eligible to apply for officer from the outset, then it's recommended you follow that route.
And here he is :whew:

What if you're older than 26?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#16
As a Senior Upper Yardsman, over 26, you need 4 GCSEs including maths & English becauae you will have already have had some leadership expeience.
 
#17
Ninja_Stoker said:
As a Senior Upper Yardsman, over 26, you need 4 GCSEs including maths & English becauae you will have already have had some leadership expeience.
I believe that from 2010 Senior Upper Yardsman is being politically corrected to Senior Upper Metreperson :w00t:
Also the age limit is being raised to 65 to combat ageism. :w00t:
 
#18
ah cool, so either way you'll just need GCSEs? I imagine A levels would help anyway, though.

I'm going down to the AFCO a week on Monday to start the process. Hopefully.

slim said:
Ninja_Stoker said:
As a Senior Upper Yardsman, over 26, you need 4 GCSEs including maths & English becauae you will have already have had some leadership expeience.
I believe that from 2010 Senior Upper Yardsman is being politically corrected to Senior Upper Metreperson :w00t:
Also the age limit is being raised to 65 to combat ageism. :w00t:
I'll admit it. I chuckled.
 

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