Join as a Rating or Officer?

ProudToServe

Midshipman
Thank you for all the replies , I am going to be reading each one through and through.
First on the agenda, watch Boris talk on BBC1 then it’s straight back to this
 
If you want to be an Officer, be an Officer.

Ratings have different jobs to Officers, and whilst there is some crossover in skill sets, there's not as much as you think - especially for Warfare Officers.
 

redmonkey

War Hero
Book Reviewer
You have a selection of both serving SRs and officers here telling you pretty much the same thing.
The job difference between officer and rating for the two specialisations you mention is pretty large and loggy officer can cover a wide spectrum of jobs.

I don't know too much about warfare officer as the bridge and ops room are two places I have rarely had a reason to visit.
There are quite a few threads on here with large amounts of information, all worth a look.
Ask questions and people will help but they will not spoon feed you.
I think Alfred the Great has put a lot of good info out there and he may be a warfairy type. Whatever he says is worth paying attention to.
 

ProudToServe

Midshipman
Thank you for the replies , I am going to finish off A-Levels first , I am edging more towards the Officer entry. I am also going to recommend this community to my friend. I have felt very welcomed and leave with ten-fold the amount of information.

Thank you ,

ProudToServe
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Thank you for the replies , I am going to finish off A-Levels first , I am edging more towards the Officer entry. I am also going to recommend this community to my friend. I have felt very welcomed and leave with ten-fold the amount of information.

Thank you ,

ProudToServe
Is the friend female?

Just asking......
 

soleil

War Hero
I am doing History, English Literature , Sociology and an EPQ next year (worth half an A-Level) I’m getting grades from A-B/C so far
I am interested in the roles of Logistics Officer and Warfare Officer.
Thank you

ProudToServe

If, after thinking it over, you decide that you would like to apply to be an Officer, given that you are currently doing A Levels and seem very keen, I was wondering whether you might like to enquire about the Scholarship and Reserved Place Scheme. The Reserved Place element means that you would have secured a place to train as an Officer at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth; the Scholarship element allows for some financial support while the candidate is still at school.


You would need to have 5 GCSEs inc English and Maths and to pass a medical. You would also go for your AIB (Admiralty Interview Board) and then hopefully, be selected.

Further details are on the website.


If you decide that this could be for you, I would recommend applying towards the end of April. You actually need to apply by June 1st 2020.

Obviously, so much is changing at the moment and I can't guarantee that things this year will pan out re scholarships as they have in previous years, but it's worth asking.

You might like to look at something called Navy News to pick up more information about the Royal Navy in general. When things are back to normal, you will be able to get it at W H Smith's - in the meantime, you can access recent copies via the internet.

 
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