Joining Up - A Thread For Parents/Guardians

Waspie

War Hero
Hello all, could someone offer a bit of advice please? Youngest offspring applied to join up as a Rating ET(WE) back in July last year and after a few delays along the way (medical delays and a first PJFT disaster) sailed through the PJFT about three and half weeks ago. Reading others experiences on here she expected to hear something within a few days but so far nowt. She's phoned the AFCO a couple of times and found that her original recruiter has retired and the replacement is of course snowed under. Any suggestions on the correct course of action - either keep on calling and risk being labelled a pain in the backside, or sit tight, or something else? She's doing her pieces here! Many thanks.
Try starting a new thread! Rather than piggy backing an old one. Your more likely to get a result!!
 

Chief Chimp

Midshipman
Another dull question sorry.

So son is in process of joining up, but a bit of research seems to show he could have a fairly long wait until he gets a start date (8 months).
In the meantime could he join the RNR or RMR to give himself a headstart. Will broach this with his AFCO but interested to see if its a non starter.
Cheers
 

Anchor Faced

Lantern Swinger
Another dull question sorry.

So son is in process of joining up, but a bit of research seems to show he could have a fairly long wait until he gets a start date (8 months).
In the meantime could he join the RNR or RMR to give himself a headstart. Will broach this with his AFCO but interested to see if its a non starter.
Cheers
I am not the AFCO, things may have changed, however:
To my knowledge that is a seperate application, if he has been accpeted into the regulars pipeline (albiet right at the start), it may disrupt his admin to go RNR.

This being said, the RNR is a great place to be and the more the merrier.
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Another dull question sorry.

So son is in process of joining up, but a bit of research seems to show he could have a fairly long wait until he gets a start date (8 months).
In the meantime could he join the RNR or RMR to give himself a headstart. Will broach this with his AFCO but interested to see if its a non starter.
Cheers
Um, I see the idea but I'm not sure it's going to help much. Eight months you say? Lets call that April. Well, the RNR is pretty much shut for August so we are down to six already.

By the time he's in the RNR he would not be doing his two preliminary weekends before the new term in the new year. Lets say February, if all the stars align. He'd now be around six weeks before his entry date. Those two weekends have to be completed successfully before he can be booked onto his confirmation course, I ask the rhetorical question - who's gaining from what here?

I don't wish to be dismissive, but the wheels turn (sadly) exceptionally slowly. How about doing some military things? Museums? Go and watch the Lord Mayors Show? And try booking a sail training course, two weeks away on a square rigger. Oh, and stop doing his ironing and changing his bed!

Sorry not to be more up-beat. If he had two years, however.....
 

Chief Chimp

Midshipman
Thanks all thought as much.
He's already on his own ironing and room cleaning.
He's looking at DE PTI so he's currently helping coach his old school U15 rugby team,
TBH there is not too much military stuff to do as we live in NI, and being ex forces myself its not something you shout about;)
 
Hello Everyone,

My son reached 15 yrs and 9 months in April and he applied to join as an AET. I have been reading some of the experiences of others going along the same career path on here.

He has returned a couple of further forms but it now seems things are on hold until either he gets his GCSE results in August or he can do the NSRT. Meanwhile he is keeping up his fitness with regular runs and seems to be well within the required time for 1.5 miles. I have involved him in a number of DIY projects so he will have some experience of practical matters and it will give him some talking points for the interview.

He is quite an independent young man and has been doing household chores like ironing his school uniform, hoovering and bed making for a few years. He has been through the Scouts from Cubs to Explorers and loves outdoor activities and camping. His mock exams were generally around B Grades so we are hoping this would be sufficient for his chosen career.

He is the youngest of my 5 kids. My Dad served in the Army in WW2 and he was the only one in my family with military service. I am an older Dad and am not sure how I will cope if he is successful - I have been bringing up kids for over 45 years and it will leave a fairly enormous hole in the household, but we are giving him every support and encouragement.

I will post any developments in this process as may be of interest to others.
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Hello Everyone,

My son reached 15 yrs and 9 months in April and he applied to join as an AET. I have been reading some of the experiences of others going along the same career path on here.

He has returned a couple of further forms but it now seems things are on hold until either he gets his GCSE results in August or he can do the NSRT. Meanwhile he is keeping up his fitness with regular runs and seems to be well within the required time for 1.5 miles. I have involved him in a number of DIY projects so he will have some experience of practical matters and it will give him some talking points for the interview.

He is quite an independent young man and has been doing household chores like ironing his school uniform, hoovering and bed making for a few years. He has been through the Scouts from Cubs to Explorers and loves outdoor activities and camping. His mock exams were generally around B Grades so we are hoping this would be sufficient for his chosen career.

He is the youngest of my 5 kids. My Dad served in the Army in WW2 and he was the only one in my family with military service. I am an older Dad and am not sure how I will cope if he is successful - I have been bringing up kids for over 45 years and it will leave a fairly enormous hole in the household, but we are giving him every support and encouragement.

I will post any developments in this process as may be of interest to others.
Good luck to him. I signed at his age and walked into Raleigh at 3 months over 16.
I loved it.
 

Sumo

War Hero
@Supportive Dad you appear to be helping him in the right direction, don't know but as a guess the whole recruitment process has been slowed down due to C19.
Having the last leave home was a time of hope, I could finally look for a job at home, as the kids had left, but I can assure you that my wife didn't see it that way, she felt redundant.
For your peace of mind look at what you will do once the last one leaves? Good luck to your lad.
 

soleil

War Hero
Hello Everyone,

My son reached 15 yrs and 9 months in April and he applied to join as an AET. I have been reading some of the experiences of others going along the same career path on here.

He has returned a couple of further forms but it now seems things are on hold until either he gets his GCSE results in August or he can do the NSRT. Meanwhile he is keeping up his fitness with regular runs and seems to be well within the required time for 1.5 miles. I have involved him in a number of DIY projects so he will have some experience of practical matters and it will give him some talking points for the interview.

He is quite an independent young man and has been doing household chores like ironing his school uniform, hoovering and bed making for a few years. He has been through the Scouts from Cubs to Explorers and loves outdoor activities and camping. His mock exams were generally around B Grades so we are hoping this would be sufficient for his chosen career.

He is the youngest of my 5 kids. My Dad served in the Army in WW2 and he was the only one in my family with military service. I am an older Dad and am not sure how I will cope if he is successful - I have been bringing up kids for over 45 years and it will leave a fairly enormous hole in the household, but we are giving him every support and encouragement.

I will post any developments in this process as may be of interest to others.
Sounds very promising, SD, really pleased to hear about your son.

As he sounds very keen, you might be interested in a subscription to Navy News; reading Navy News will give him a wide knowledge of all of the areas in which the Royal Navy is involved.


Something I would suggest that he does is get some A4 card for making notes.

He could look carefully at all the aircraft which the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) is flying at the moment. Take a piece of card for each of them - you could start with the new fighter aircraft. Put what it is called on the card and then add some facts about it - length, combat radius, top speed etc. What else would be relevant to an Air Engineering Technician who was going to be maintaining these aircraft?

Have a card for any other fixed wing aircraft and for the rotary wing aircraft too.

It would be nice to print out photos of the aircraft in question and to put them on the wall for encouragement.

He could answer the question, too, as to where he would find these aircraft? The Fleet Air Arm has two bases of its own but the fighter aircraft 'live' on a RAF station when they are not at sea. What are the names of the two Fleet Air Arm bases and what is the name of the RAF base?

When they are not on one of these bases, where are they? You will find the fighter aircraft on which particular type of ship? Bear in mind that they need a long flight deck to take off from ………..

What about the rotary wing aircraft? Give some examples of ships where you will find these. What is the role of these aircraft on these ships?

When the Royal Marines are on exercise in Norway (Exercise Clockwork), which kind of aircraft is there with them?

These are just little questions to give him something to pursue while he is waiting. and he may find knowing the answers to these useful when he has a phone interview for his role. He probably thinks that the next few months will drag - you and I know that it's really not that long at all.

When that point comes, he will want to know how much his pay will be, when it will increase, where his training will take place and how long it will take.

He might like this clip from late last year on YouTube - there are others, I just chose one at random.

I know he will find others.


More details on the role of the AET:

 
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Crikey!! Thank you for all that. Plenty to keep him busy there. He has been making lists of the fleet and the various aircraft. Also been researching ranks. I've had him fixing the toilet cistern and changing the oil in the lawnmower so he can use a spanner etc. I mess about with lathe-work so have had him operating that too. My wife just found he has even sorted all his clothes out neatly too. I think he is quite serious about this.
 

soleil

War Hero
Crikey!! Thank you for all that. Plenty to keep him busy there. He has been making lists of the fleet and the various aircraft. Also been researching ranks. I've had him fixing the toilet cistern and changing the oil in the lawnmower so he can use a spanner etc. I mess about with lathe-work so have had him operating that too. My wife just found he has even sorted all his clothes out neatly too. I think he is quite serious about this.
I've just remembered something I forgot to add - there is a group of 7 little videos which were made to show recruits at HMS Raleigh how to look after their uniforms - here you go:

 
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