Joining the RFA?

Belfast1882

Midshipman
Provisional offer for comms apprentice. April 14th at collingwood. Just wanna get the medical out the way and hope my mild asthma doesnt hold me back! Get in!!!!
 

citroensm

Midshipman
RE the vetting procedure. One of the questions asks;

"Have you ever been convicted by a Court Martial, or sentenced to detention or dismissal or fined while serving in the armed forces of the UK or any Commonwealth or foreign country?"

Back in about 1985 I was fined for being drunk ashore. Is that likely to count against me?
 

Yorkshire2018

Midshipman
RE the vetting procedure. One of the questions asks;

"Have you ever been convicted by a Court Martial, or sentenced to detention or dismissal or fined while serving in the armed forces of the UK or any Commonwealth or foreign country?"

Back in about 1985 I was fined for being drunk ashore. Is that likely to count against me?
Citroensm, although I am by no means a vetting specialist I believe the process is about honesty as much as anything (providing only minor infringements occurred). The vetting guidance discusses how a criminal history will not exclude you. However failure to disclose would impact you negatively. With the vetting there is only a limited amount you can do.. which is tell the absolute truth and then await a decision. Im awaiting my vetting now and still anxious to pass!
 

citroensm

Midshipman
Hi and thanks for getting back. You are quite correct, of course. I will have to disclose it but I don't know if the navy even keeps records of stuff like that for 30+ years.

I'm pretty sure it will be OK but it just goes to show how things you do years ago can come back to haunt you in some way, shape or form. Here is the result of an over exuberant night out still causing me anxious moments! Imagine what it must be like these days with all of the "social media" thing going on, (something I am a bit to old for, thankfully.)

What have you applied for and when/where are you expecting to start? Feel free to PM me if you like.

Cheers, LG.
 

Yorkshire2018

Midshipman
Hi and thanks for getting back. You are quite correct, of course. I will have to disclose it but I don't know if the navy even keeps records of stuff like that for 30+ years.

I'm pretty sure it will be OK but it just goes to show how things you do years ago can come back to haunt you in some way, shape or form. Here is the result of an over exuberant night out still causing me anxious moments! Imagine what it must be like these days with all of the "social media" thing going on, (something I am a bit to old for, thankfully.)

What have you applied for and when/where are you expecting to start? Feel free to PM me if you like.

Cheers, LG.
Yeah course its quite scary as you said! Hopefully it will just be recognised as one of those youthful mistakes! Ive just PM'd you

Yorks2018
 

anotherandrew

Midshipman
A cracking start to the weekend... Had my interview 19th November and was playing the waiting game, postie clearly running late today as a provisional offer for Seaman Apprentice starting 29th April at HMS Raleigh dropped on the mat this afternoon!

Fingers crossed for those still waiting to hear.
 

citroensm

Midshipman
A cracking start to the weekend... Had my interview 19th November and was playing the waiting game, postie clearly running late today as a provisional offer for Seaman Apprentice starting 29th April at HMS Raleigh dropped on the mat this afternoon!

Fingers crossed for those still waiting to hear.
Well done. Have yourself a beer tonight!

LG.
 
I am unsure if this is the correct place to post this. Please redirect me if so.

I am interested in applying for a Deck Cadetship with the RFA. I have done a fair bit of research, spoken to friends in the RN and through them spoke to current RFA employees too so I am sure it is something I would like to apply for.

Does anyone know if they are definitely recruiting for Deck Cadets currently? And will they be doing so for a while? Currently I am not ready to apply but I should be in a few months. I appreciate it is unlikely to get a definite answer here but I thought it was worth asking the question.

Also is there anyone with experience as applying as an older cadet? I'm not exactly 18 and fresh out of school but like to think that could be a positive.

Appreciate any feedback, thanks.
 

Yorkshire2018

Midshipman
Hi, I do not work in RFA recruitment, merely awaiting my BRNC place as a Logistics Officer. However a chap I sat AIB with is starting with me as a Deck Cadet. So I would assume they are currently recruiting. Your best option is to contact the RFA recruitment team direct. Please don't hesitate to forward any other questions.
Yorks2018
 

Hubert Holroyd

Midshipman
I am unsure if this is the correct place to post this. Please redirect me if so.

I am interested in applying for a Deck Cadetship with the RFA. I have done a fair bit of research, spoken to friends in the RN and through them spoke to current RFA employees too so I am sure it is something I would like to apply for.

Does anyone know if they are definitely recruiting for Deck Cadets currently? And will they be doing so for a while? Currently I am not ready to apply but I should be in a few months. I appreciate it is unlikely to get a definite answer here but I thought it was worth asking the question.

Also is there anyone with experience as applying as an older cadet? I'm not exactly 18 and fresh out of school but like to think that could be a positive.

Appreciate any feedback, thanks.
When you say you are not ready to apply yet; are you aware of how lengthy the process is. It can take many months from application to interview so may be worth making a start now?
 
When you say you are not ready to apply yet; are you aware of how lengthy the process is. It can take many months from application to interview so may be worth making a start now?
I am aware it is a lengthy process yes, thank you for the advice though, current work/family commitments could prevent me giving an application full attention. I will make contact with recruiters sooner rather than later though.
 

citroensm

Midshipman
Also is there anyone with experience as applying as an older cadet? I'm not exactly 18 and fresh out of school but like to think that could be a positive.

I can't speak specifically for cadetships, but I'm now going through the pre-joining process for a marine app, and I'm "not exactly 18 and fresh out of school" either, (in fact I'd be embarrassed to reveal my age on here,) so I'm not sure that you need worry too much about your age.
 
I am unsure if this is the correct place to post this. Please redirect me if so.

I am interested in applying for a Deck Cadetship with the RFA. I have done a fair bit of research, spoken to friends in the RN and through them spoke to current RFA employees too so I am sure it is something I would like to apply for.

Does anyone know if they are definitely recruiting for Deck Cadets currently? And will they be doing so for a while? Currently I am not ready to apply but I should be in a few months. I appreciate it is unlikely to get a definite answer here but I thought it was worth asking the question.

Also is there anyone with experience as applying as an older cadet? I'm not exactly 18 and fresh out of school but like to think that could be a positive.

Appreciate any feedback, thanks.
Good evening cadetpotential,

The RFA are recruiting deck cadets and will be for the foreseeable future.
It is a 9 month or so application process so I would get an application sooner rather than later.
The most mature cadet we have had is 58, so no worries about age.
In the 90's you could only apply between age 16 and 21, but now the limit was lifted along time ago.

The recruiting process is dependant on when the term starts at the commercial college and the preceeding BRNC entry at Darmouth.

If you have any specific questions then send me a PM.

Regards
 
Hey,
Just thought I would post this incase anyone else wasn’t aware of the changes to the recruitment, I had my Recruit Test this morning and the RFA are now told their results on the day same as the RN as of last week, this was a nice surprise for me today
 
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posiden

Midshipman
Re: Thinking of Joining RFA

I served on RFAs for 2 years, in an RN capacity.

It rocked. You can join up until 55 as far as I know, your best bet would be to join as a Systems Officer, it's basically the same as WE.

Benefits include, better cash, tax free salary if abroad, awesome scran (fillet steak on steak night!) Cheapest bar you'll ever find, single en suite cabins, more time off than the skipper's 8s.

Downsides include, no pension, lack of discipline from an RN point of view, possibility of being based at a fuelling jetty in Scotland for 3 months solid.

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/operations-and-support/royal-fleet-auxiliary/
why no pension? its age 99 now apparently
 

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