Joining an AFCO

#1
I was just wondering what it would take to get a job in my local AFCO? Would I be able to join one after I've finished phase 2 training?


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exJenny

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#2
I was just wondering what it would take to get a job in my local AFCO? Would I be able to join one after I've finished phase 2 training?


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You've not decided to join the RN to "see the world" then?

Or is there a new branch for direct entry career advisers?
 

Ninja_Stoker

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You can apply to join the elite squad of battle-hardened, ultra-mega careers advisers after a minimum of twelve years and if you a senior rate.

They don't take just anybody. Not anymore, anyway;)

Generally speaking ratings loaned to AFCOs often tend to come from the non-deployable group known as the 'mad, bad or sad', ie; Those with medical issues, pending professional courses or sometimes those with perhaps welfare issues. Obviously there those due 'harmony time' who are granted a few weeks on loan to work in a local AFCO but once the Navy has trained you, they primarily want you to undertake the role for which they've invested tens of thousands of pounds in.

No harm in asking, some do get loaned straight out of training on occasion, but early days, expect to serve operationally rather than out of specialisation for the most part.
 

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You can apply to join the elite squad of battle-hardened, ultra-mega careers advisers after a minimum of twelve years and if you a senior rate.

They don't take just anybody. Not anymore, anyway;)

Generally speaking ratings loaned to AFCOs often tend to come from the non-deployable group known as the 'mad, bad or sad'.

ahhhh that's why they let me go to my AFCO after phase 2!
 

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I've noticed that the OP appears to be female. What you need to do love is get pregnant and then get to 'Spaccas and Pregnant Wrens section', or Theseus Division as it is more formally known. You then can get a posting to a Waterfront training organisation, where you can spend your days stopping time served sea-going matelots from getting their career courses and career development ...;)

Hope that helps....
 

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ahhhh that's why they let me go to my AFCO after phase 2!
Probably.

Seemingly a few women on this thread. Experience tells me life is easier if one agrees.

I've noticed that the OP appears to be female. What you need to do love is get pregnant and then get to 'Spaccas and Pregnant Wrens section', or Theseus Division as it is more formally known. You then can get a posting to a Waterfront training organisation, where you can spend your days stopping time served sea-going matelots from getting their career courses and career development ...;)

Hope that helps....
As a former TMO, one assumes you're being ironic with regard the seagoing bit.
 

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I'll just put my sensible, non banter head on a moment. It does appall me that a Phase 2 JR has been so poorly briefed as to their prospects that they have no real idea of where their path forward goes from finishing their training pipeline.:confused:
 

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I'll just put my sensible, non banter head on a moment. It does appall me that a Phase 2 JR has been so poorly briefed as to their prospects that they have no real idea of where their path forward goes from finishing their training pipeline.:confused:
I'm guessing it's likely to be an anecdotal scran-queue buzz about someone on hold-over or in a T23/T45 manpower pool being permitted to work in an AFCO for a month or two pending a bunk on a seagoing ship.

It does occasionally happen but not very often for those newly trained individuals 'fresh out of the box'.
 

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Oh it does happen, I've had Divisional members loaned to an AFCO during non effective training time or some other admin vortex. Normally it's their home town, as having a local person there can sell the mob. Believe it or not, pinched AFCOs have even had RNR MTD support in recent history.

I do remember one of my POs being sent to Hull, I think it was. Rather old and bold, his stock reply (looking up from his Daily Mirror) when faced with some pierced snotter 18 year old that had been sent to the AFCO from the Job Centre, was 'Don't waste my time Sonny'...o_O
 

Ninja_Stoker

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Oh it does happen, I've had Divisional members loaned to an AFCO during non effective training time or some other admin vortex. Normally it's their home town, as having a local person there can sell the mob. Believe it or not, pinched AFCOs have even had RNR MTD support in recent history.

I do remember one of my POs being sent to Hull, I think it was.
By bizarre coincidence I'm on the train to 'ull AFCO right now and working there next week. Small world. Wouldn't like to have to paint it tho'. ;)
 
#13
By bizarre coincidence I'm on the train to 'ull AFCO right now and working there next week. Small world. Wouldn't like to have to paint it tho
Say hello to Luke - met up with the poor bugger in Asda last week (he's the son of a friend). Been stuck in AFCO due to medical reasons taking him off his ship. He's really hacked off as the NHS can't get him fixed.

Oh, and my lad had 6 weeks there last year after he dislocated a thumb during 'service sports' in Collingrad (likely story), I thought he had joined up to get away from home!
 
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