Joining up/waiting times

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  1. Hi I had my initial presentation yesterday and an filling out my application. I am torn between supply chain logistician or hydrographical and meteorological specialist. But I have just realised I don't have my GCSE certificates, both them jobs don't need any qualifications so how much would that matter? And also is there anywhere I could find out about the waiting list for both jobs?
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Generally your afco will tell you the respective waiting times at the initial presentation if you ask.

    My advice - The jobs are very different. See what you score in the Recruiting Test then make your decision - choose a job you want.

    The waiting times for the jobs you mentioned are about 6-8 months for Supply Chain Logistician and a couple of years for WS(HM) at present.
  3. Thanks, yeah I forgot to ask the waiting times yesterday and they said I need to make a choice of what to apply for before my test. I'm leaning towards logistics if it's only an 8 month waiting list. The 2 year wait is that 2 years from now to get a basic training place?
  4. I have 6 Cs at GCSE level but have no idea where my certificates are. Both them jobs say they require no qualifications. I can't fill my actual qualifications on my application though as I won't be able to show the certificates at the interview.
  5. Don't worry about it. I was in the same position ref certificates and it's not a drama.

    Brushing up on GCSE level maths and English will help though. BBC Bitesize all the way.
  6. Thanks. I still have a good level of maths and English anyhow. I just can't send of my application till I know what to put in the qualifications box. If I can't produce certificates it could look like I'm lying and that would be the end of my application?
  7. Speak to your recruiter ref that but it wasn't a problem when I did the same (albeit a while ago). Plenty of people no longer have their GCSE certificates. If you know the exam board they can be checked anyway.

    I'd put them in but explain you no longer have the certificates.
  8. Ok thanks will put them in but note on the bottom that I don't have the certificates. Got the magazine they send you and been reading online but there dosent seem to be that much detail about the two jobs I fancy. Anything 18 months or under for waiting list would be fine with me but wouldn't fancy anything 2 years or over
  9. Don't pick the waiting list. Pick the job that appeals. Waiting 2 years to do a job you love for between 4-20 is better than waiting a shorter time for one you hate.

    They may be all in the RN, but each role is very different. Choose wisely.
  10. Yeah that's very true. They are the 2 I have narrowed it down too as I have experience in logistics and warehousing and the hydrographical one interests me. The website and booklet only have a paragraph about what the jobs are about though.

    Got my application to fill out here and been mulling over what job to apply for all day ha.
  11. If you don't have certificates i can't see it being an issue I wrote my gcse grades down and they didn't check as the role doesn't need qualifications
  12. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Have you seen these pages?

  13. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It is only an issue if you want to be promoted beyond Chief Petty Officer or don't want to sit the basic skills test in addition to the recruiting test. If you produce GCSE maths & English certificates (grade C or better), you don't have to take the basic skills test.
  14. Thanks for the replies I have actually just found all my certificates so that's a bonus. Yeah I've looked at that site too. Going to get a reference at work on Sunday then I will make a decision on my job and post off my application on Monday
  15. Both fairly basic descriptions but I do a lot of loading and unloading containers in my current job so think I would be more suited to logistics. Would that involve travelling and going on ships though?
  16. All ships, submarines, air squadrons, commando's etc etc have Logisticians (or Jack Dusties in Naval parlance), so in answer to your question..Yes
  17. That's good then thanks
  18. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Except bloody mine-countermeasures vessels.
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  19. Have my psychometric test tomorrow, yeah I'm that green! Going for Muppet or Medic as there is a TWO YEAR wait for Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialist which is a shame as it took me weeks to learn how to pronounce it. Smashing the gym, boring my mates with different types of ships and stopped boozing altogether. Totally worth it.

    and I may have mis-spelled Meteorological which is probably a sign...
    Last edited: May 7, 2014
  20. Haha good luck to you for tomorrow then. I'm enjoying been off the drink and training already. 2 year isn't too bad wait for me but leaning towards logistics still and that seems to be only around a year wait?

    One problem though it says one of my referees must be a teacher doctor or magistrate, who knows them types of people!?

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