Just came out of the recruiting office, forgot to ask two most important questions...

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  1. Hi guys, as the title suggests earlier today I went into the recruitment office and had a chat the CPO there and went away very happily. But I later realised a few things:

    He told me that the waiting list for a warfare specialist was 3 months to a year, whereas i'd been hearing that the waiting list currently stands at 2 years?

    And of course I forgot to ask him one of the questions I had really needed the answer to; the return of service arrangement, I think (after trying to research it myself) that I've figured I tout but wouldn't mind the confirmation:
    As far as I understand it, the minimum amount of service for a warfare specialist would be 4.5 years (commencing from after finishing Raleigh/Phase two and including the first 6 month period)?
    Broken down into 7 month STIP, 30 month RoS, 12 month notice period = 4.5 years minimum service

    And one more thing just for me, I see that the Royal Navy have their own boarding teams, I was under the impression that boarding actions are taken by the RM's?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Sounds like you remembered to ask, but doubt the answers. Three of them, anyway.

    The 'average' WS applicant can take as much as a year to join due to unforeseen hold-ups such as failing the recruit test, interview, delays at medical or failing the PJFT. The theoretical wait is between 3 to 6 months at present but it fluctuates dependent on the number of applicants, the requirement, the priority and the training capacity.

    Minimum service, if you don't jib it in the first six months is about 4.5 years as stated. It's Standard Initial Training Period (SITP), incidentally.

    Depending on tasking, manning/numbers borne, type of ship and location, boarding teams can be RM or RN.

    Don't mention it ;)
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  3. Ah, thanks for the help Ninja, but does the RoS begin from day one at Raleigh and thus include the first 6 months?
    Sorry if I'm being a little thick here, random shifts + coursework + trying to get fit = reduced mental capacity. :confused::confused:
  4. We had a matelot boarding party, it was flown, by Wasp chopper, onto a tanker sailing towards Beira (during the blockade days off of Mozambique). The tanker didn't even slow down, and sailed into Mozambique's territorial waters!!
    We had to ask permission to get our boarding party back!!
    A month or so later, anchored in Addu Atoll, off Gan RAF Island, our shallow water divers were preparing for a dive "Don't forget your shark repellent lads" said the chief diver. " Does it work chief" was the reply. "Of course it does lads" they were reassured. "You might know that, and I might know that, but do the bloody sharks know that chief?"
    "We'll soon find out, won't we lad?" was the reply.
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  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Minimum service, if you don't jib it by week 26 is SITP (Initial Naval Training which is 10 weeks, plus branch training) + 30 months RoS (after completing SITP) + 12 months notice to quit.

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