Joining back up as an officer.

#1
Good evening all,

I served 5 years on submarines leaving the RN in 2009 on good terms. I am currently working as a Police officer but strongly considering joining back up but as a Warfare officer, Submarines. I worked as a rating in the warfare branch and feel I have the life experience at 33 to serve well as an officer. Can you advise if there is any way I can go about enlisting as an officer at 33 as the website says 17-26. It is worth pointing out that while serving my Divisional Officer was pushing for me to get my papers raised but I stupidly never pursued it as my wife was expecting a child.

Any advice or assistance would be appreciated.
 
#2
Get yourself up the careers office. There's all sorts of stuff going on with regard to shortages. Best get it from the horse's mouth.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
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#3
Good evening all,

I served 5 years on submarines leaving the RN in 2009 on good terms. I am currently working as a Police officer but strongly considering joining back up but as a Warfare officer, Submarines. I worked as a rating in the warfare branch and feel I have the life experience at 33 to serve well as an officer. Can you advise if there is any way I can go about enlisting as an officer at 33 as the website says 17-26. It is worth pointing out that while serving my Divisional Officer was pushing for me to get my papers raised but I stupidly never pursued it as my wife was expecting a child.

Any advice or assistance would be appreciated.
Ello, ello, ello. Evenin' all, 'constible'.

Hmmn, knocking-on 33 in a 26 zone, eh? Whilst you may be strongly considering it, you are are even more strongly ineligible at first glance, unfortunately.

In short - no....but, you can apply to rejoin as a rating and if educationally qualified & deemed viable, apply for Officer from within the service after joining. You may well have the life experience that makes you eminently suitable to be put forward for AIB but the RN would probably want a "test drive" before giving you a shot.

Snags? You may well be invited to undergo ratings basic training again and have to undergo branch training first.

Advice - expect the worst, hope for the best.

Good luck.
 
#12
Get yourself up the careers office. There's all sorts of stuff going on with regard to shortages. Best get it from the horse's mouth.
It's not just in the mob that there are shortages, I saw an advert for direct entry as a Superintendent into the Met!!!

Apparently there are other forces doing the same too.

However, I would say that I am hearing stories of lead times of up to two years for getting into BRNC on Direct Entry, so Ninja's suggestion of re-enlistment as a rating, then putting in your papers may be a wiser move.

You said that you were Warfare Branch: what's the current age limit on Upper Yardmen entry?
 
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Seadog

War Hero
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#14
RFA are recruiting commercial marine engineer officers with unlimited Chief Engineer tickets
( I linked elsewhere) direct entry at First Officer ( 2 1/2 ). Candidates could be 30 - 60 ( my estimate ) .
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#15
RFA are recruiting commercial marine engineer officers with unlimited Chief Engineer tickets
( I linked elsewhere) direct entry at First Officer ( 2 1/2 ). Candidates could be 30 - 60 ( my estimate ) .
The RFA is definitely a good shout.

If I'm completely honest, I've been thinking about it myself. (exJ needs a stalker, I hear ;-P)
 
#18
There are some 40 plus subbie wafu and stoker engineers knocking round at the min , obviously not like the two divs 30 year old SUYs at BRNC...


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Indeed, and they'll be the thick end of 40 before being considered for Lt Cdr RN. I know more than a few SUYs who quickly became disillusioned at being a Lt RN and moving to shore side jobs, and quite quickly put their notice in.

By all means go for it, but at the end of the day, life as a Junior Officer means you are a Junior Officer - there is relatively little scope for avoiding the shit jobs just because you're older.
 

dsgrnmcm

Lantern Swinger
#19
Blimy ATG your a right run a shore morale bosun... I was merely trying to highlight that people from a higher age range have made the leap/fall and the intakes are getting larger (40 a year for 2014 on average) I don't believe it's the JO thing, but a branch thing...

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