Joining at 16

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by HMSR09, Feb 3, 2015.

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  1. Hi, The last thread got a little off topic due to my account not being set up correctly. So here it is:

    Hi, I am currently 15 and I'm planning to join the RN a few months after my 16th. I have no qualifications (due to circumstances which I will not go into) and I'm having trouble finding which role would be right for me.

    I would like a role where I can very 'Involved' and that would be enjoyable. I'm not naive and I understand a job with the Royal Navy takes commitment and not everyday will be enjoyable...

    I have considered a Seaman Specialist. What does this job involve? Training, etc? What is the role?

    Sorry to bother you all with this again I just need some help deciding on a role as the RN website doesn't really describe the roles well?
  2. Thankyou very much :) this is very helpful!
  3. Another good place is.. Yes I will say it.. Your local careers office.

    If it's anything like mine it is teeming with brochures and books detailing roles and duties ect. If you have a specific role you're interested in and you mention it then they just might be able to find you someone with experience of that role/branch to sit down and talk to. - I speak from personal experience
  4. Will definitely do that thankyou, I'm hoping this role will be want I want.
  5. Wow that's a big downfall I don't think I'm willing to wait that long.
  6. If you want it badly enough you will wait. :)
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    As stated, the majority of ratings jobs do not need qualifications but three things:

    If you are stating in January of year 11 you have no GCSEs, that can only mean you are not attending school, whatever the reason. The AFCO will want to know the background & will also want evidence of maturity, 'stickability', reliability, etc., in other areas. You cannot leave education under 18 until you have a start date, so you will need to go to sixth form at least initially.

    Joining with zero GCSEs limits your entire career - you cannot be promoted beyond CPO.

    Choose a job you want or you will leave disillusioned, unhappy & probably bitter. Do not choose a job based exclusively on the speed at which you can join.

    Good luck, remember if you fail the recruiting test you only have one more attempt - after waiting a year.
  8. That was very helpful thankyou.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015
  9. Okay little bit of advice about the selection process for you if you are definitely going to do this, im 17, Joining as a seaman Specialist and have passed everything now waiting for my date. The Recruit test is piss easy, its just a lot of common sense, if you have that you will fly through it. In the interview, be confident, they will pick up in that if you seem a bit quite and still i your shell, as they picked up on that with me. If you dont already, start doing your own things around the house, e.g Washing, Ironing, Cooking etc, theyre looking for people who are independent, and brush up on basic knowledge of the navy! Woth the medical just make sure you are fully fit and that there is nothing majorly wrong with you. Then the fitness test is easy, 1.5 miles in under 10:23 i think. Just Constantly practice on a treadmill! Seaman Specialist sounds like a good job from what i have read and im so looking forward to it! So good luck!
  10. You may have found the recruit test easy but others have struggled and I hope HMSRO9 revises , especially against the clock, the example test questions available.
  11. Thanks for the time to explain that it really helped. I'm starting an eight week fitness program Monday so that should help. Along with that I will study as much as possible.
  12. I will definitely do this as much as possible.
  13. With regards to the recruit test being easy- I was constantly told this (since I'm also doing both English and maths at A level) but would still say practice under time constantly-it's amazing what your mind will do under pressure! I passed but I knew as soon as I got out the room that I made a couple obvious cock ups
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  14. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    For many that pass, with hindsight, the test is pretty straightforward however the 50% of people that fail the test each week in my AFCO would probably claim otherwise.

    Only last month I saw a Doctor fail the recruiting test for rating.

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