Joining as rating then joining as an officer

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
While feasible, there are many ex-rating officers, it's not a guarantee that he'll get to officer by the rating route, there's no timescale you can work to as each case is different. What would he do if he requests to go officer and he fails AIB, or it's decided that he's not officer material?
 

Sumo

War Hero
@WreckerL

Many thanks for your response - and good questions - he will need to consider his thoughts on those.

If he does fail, would he still be able to stay in the service as a Rating?

Applying for officer and then not achieving the grade will not require him to leave the navy, his chosen branch will have things he has to achieve to stay in service, this is all part of progressing within his chosen branch, which he would be expected to achieve if applying for officer. As with all jobs the need of the navy will come first in future branch retention.
 

Taztiff

War Hero
Applying for officer and then not achieving the grade will not require him to leave the navy, his chosen branch will have things he has to achieve to stay in service, this is all part of progressing within his chosen branch, which he would be expected to achieve if applying for officer. As with all jobs the need of the navy will come first in future branch retention.
The very fact he has made it to AIB as an internal application is very commendable. Not passing AIB at that point does not mean he is all of a sudden no good at his non-officer job. It just means he may not be a perfect match for officer.
Could be a [email protected]@dy good Senior Rate though.
 

Merman

Badgeman
The only thing I'd ad is that if they go down the upper yardman route then you pretty much need the same qualifications you would need to join as an officer in the first place. At AIB you are required to pass various psychometric tests.

You can however go down the senior upperyardsman route, you don't need A levels or degree but you do need to have reached certain trigger points in your career (probably qualified beyond A levels at this point) . For most branches this is Petty Officer if not chief Petty Officer and have served in the rate for a number of years. You also have to be above 30 years old.

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SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
There was a chap on Faceache yesterday - one picture as a bright eyed baby sailor 'several' years ago and a current one - as a 4 ring Captain!

Well done him.
 
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