Joining the Rfa

Stirlin

War Hero
Excellent post that Random!
Concise and direct, like something an SE would put together.

Maybe consider raising this post as a separate thread, getting it locked by mods & stickied at the top of the forum?

There is already a '' Sticky '' thread in RFA forum with Joining the RFA as it's title.
Maybe get @Multiirishman to change the title of this THEN make it a sticky.

Or copy Random's post and start a new thread with it......RFA Q&A ?.
 

Random

Lantern Swinger
There is already a '' Sticky '' thread in RFA forum with Joining the RFA as it's title.
Maybe get @Multiirishman to change the title of this THEN make it a sticky.

Or copy Random's post and start a new thread with it......RFA Q&A ?.

Would it make it too easy? (genuine question) my list is just part of whats out there and consists of what I have looked at recently. The reason for the questioning on the service in the interviews is partly so that you know who you are joining, but also to show how motivated you were in your swatting up.

Edit: my motivation for giving the list was that you guys were already sharing the answers (so showing effort)
 
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RFA at HMS Raleigh

Lantern Swinger
Really hoping I get it as I can't wait to get started as it looks like an amazing opportunity. It's just a pain that COVID is drawing things out It can't be helped so just have to live with it.

The training will follow this format;

At Raleigh you will do functional skills, 1 week induction, 1 week English, 1 week maths, 1 week IT and 1 week Excel type thing.

Just to clarify for the chefs it is 6 and half weeks at RAL:

Induction - week 1
Functional skills L1 weeks 2-4
Functional skills L2 - week 5 and 6
Then Chef Apprenticeship lessons - 2 and half days (week 7)

6 and half weeks. Then transfer to Worthy Down for main chef training
 
Hi name removed by Mod here. Just letting you know that I have passed my physcometric test for the RFA. Found out today 1st Sept.
 
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WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Hi name removed by Mod here. Just letting you know that I have passed my physcometric test for the RFA. Found out today 1st Sept.
I've removed your full name as posted as it's never a good idea to put details like that on the internet.

Congrats on passing the test though.
 

Ranger

Newbie
Thanks, you too.

When it comes to your interview, there's plenty of information on various threads here as well as the RFA website. What I would say about the website is really navigate around it. You'll find little nuggets of information in unexpected places. Also when it comes to deployments, use the vessels twitter account for info as well as the RFA website. You might want to look at AIS websites for vessel locations to help here also.
Hi Chef Ramsay,

I've been following various threads about joining the RFA and I've seen you've given out some really helpful advice to other applicants along the way. I was wondering (a) have you got good news regarding your interview and (b) would you be happy to share more info on the types of questions they asked? Many thanks sir.
 

Ranger

Newbie
@RFA at HMS Raleigh - fantastic - thank you very much for the clarification on the first 6 weeks at HMS Raleigh. Can I just check the rest of the programme will be ... chefs training at Worthy Down for 6 months, then 3 months at sea, back to Worthy Down for second 6 months, then a final 3 months at sea before qualifying - total 18 months?
 

RFA at HMS Raleigh

Lantern Swinger
Hi,
It is not that exact, the sea trips are normally 4 months, the inital 6 months is made up of the time with me and then the remainder at Worthy Down.
There are 2 weeks of STCW courses prior to going to sea.
There is not a Worthy Down part 2, but there is an End point process before you finish which varies in time.

Nominally works as follows:

6 months in training
2 weeks of stcW courses
4 month trip
1 month leave
4 month trip
1 month leave
1 month - final EPA process

About 17 1/2 months, but each Apprenitce will have a slightly different journey, depending on personal circumstances and competency.
 

Mbrews10

Newbie
Hello

I have just applied to be come a leading hand supply chain logistian in the RFA, a dream career for myself. I was just curious if you or if you knew anybody who was in active service in the role you could put me in contact with so I could ask a few questions. Do you have any tips for the interview and for the future in the RFA?

If anyone can help, would be most appreciated.

all the best
 

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