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Keeping in touch with/hassling your AFCO

dyst0piate

Lantern Swinger
Hello all,

I know a lot of people are in the same position as me, uncertain about the progress of application. As it is so tempting to just ring up your AFCO and demand they give you a place at Raleigh/BRNC straight away, do any of you contact them regarding other prep info, and try and drop the subtle hint about waiting time in there somewhere?

I have already phoned once asking about dates and times, and was told to carry on with my life/prep with the knowledge that it will be going on in the background, but at the same time I want to keep in regular contact with the AFCO, to show my interest, and to get further use out of them.

Also, not too sure about how it works, but if a candidate did go to them regularly with questions, etc, would they take that as keen interest and perhaps push them further down the line a bit, or is everyone put through at the same pace regardless?

So, how do you strike the balance with squeezing a bit of info out of your AFCO without seeming like a pest? :p
 

Rumrat

War Hero
dyst0piate said:
Hello all,

I know a lot of people are in the same position as me, uncertain about the progress of application. As it is so tempting to just ring up your AFCO and demand they give you a place at Raleigh/BRNC straight away, do any of you contact them regarding other prep info, and try and drop the subtle hint about waiting time in there somewhere?

I have already phoned once asking about dates and times, and was told to carry on with my life/prep with the knowledge that it will be going on in the background, but at the same time I want to keep in regular contact with the AFCO, to show my interest, and to get further use out of them.

Also, not too sure about how it works, but if a candidate did go to them regularly with questions, etc, would they take that as keen interest and perhaps push them further down the line a bit, or is everyone put through at the same pace regardless?

So, how do you strike the balance with squeezing a bit of info out of your AFCO without seeming like a pest? :p

Super Mario and Ninja Stoker are both to polite to answer this post in the vein it deserves, but I on the other hand am not.

Would you like some dweeb keep asking you the same old same old all the time. The AFCO process you and then forward your details on, they are not personally responsible for your progression into the RN.
Harassing a bod will not do you any favours, it will demonstrate your inability to be patient, and wait in the queue. Your progression will be automatic on an as required basis.
And as a footnote, should either of the aforementioned AFCO types wish and PM a request, a few of us will come around and kill you. So long as you live in our "bus pass entitlement area. :roll:
 

Drakey

War Hero
dyst0piate said:
Hello all,

I know a lot of people are in the same position as me, uncertain about the progress of application. As it is so tempting to just ring up your AFCO and demand they give you a place at Raleigh/BRNC straight away, do any of you contact them regarding other prep info, and try and drop the subtle hint about waiting time in there somewhere?

I have already phoned once asking about dates and times, and was told to carry on with my life/prep with the knowledge that it will be going on in the background, but at the same time I want to keep in regular contact with the AFCO, to show my interest, and to get further use out of them.

Also, not too sure about how it works, but if a candidate did go to them regularly with questions, etc, would they take that as keen interest and perhaps push them further down the line a bit, or is everyone put through at the same pace regardless?

So, how do you strike the balance with squeezing a bit of info out of your AFCO without seeming like a pest? :p

Look at it this way.
If you adopt the strategy that you suggest, so could everyone else. What makes you so special or even more motivated than any other applicant. You sound desperate. Everyone that is on the list will eventually reach the top.

WAIT YOUR TURN.
 

dyst0piate

Lantern Swinger
Ok that's the latter part of my question clear then :oops:

I didn't mean to say I would actually hassle them all the while, I was just adopting a flippant tone for jest. I can wait :d
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I worked in an AFCO for a couple of months when I was 5th watch, a young piece of totty, errrr, I mean lady, who was waiting to get in used to pop in now and again for a general chat and make the wets etc. Unfortunately I didn't trap her but if you want to keep going in to see them making a watch wet always goes down well.
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
I disagree with Wrecker. That's blatant arse licking.

Just bowl in, kick off and demand a date.

Wrecks: She must of wanted you mate, not made of wood eh?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Alfacharlie said:
I disagree with Wrecker. That's blatant arse licking.

Just bowl in, kick off and demand a date.

Wrecks: She must of wanted you mate, not made of wood eh?

I know, she secretly flicked the bean in the heads thinking about me. If memory serves she was going in as a grunter so having a killick greenie submariner hanging out of her might have held her back a bit (could have phrased that differently). If only she knew her secret would have been safe as AFCO's don't have Daily Orders.
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Ha ha, fair one. Good old female grunters. When I was a dabber they used to cream when I told them that I was a junior dabtoe!

Safeguard.

Edited to add: Especially when I was DHP! It was like Top Gun.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Shipmate of mine, recently returned from compassionate stint at AFCO, told me about the trips they used to do with local schools and colleges. Being red-blooded males, the recruiting staff tried hard to suppress their inner feelings, whilst maintaining a professional decorum.

Anyway, after a school presentation, one young piece of jailbait approached a Royal Marine recruiter, enquiring about suitable jobs in the RN, and in particular, what branch she should join. After asking a few preliminary questions, the RM replied:

"Hmm, do you like working in a team?", smiling.

"Yes," she replied, eager as you like.

RM: "Well, I think you should be a Seaman Specialist! Actually, you look like just the sort of candidate we're looking for - you've got Seaman all over your face!"

Girl: "Ooh! That sounds like fun - tell me more..." :shock: :twisted:

(If that young girl is now a RR newbie, then I can only apologise on his behalf...) :oops: :wink:
 

2_deck_dash

War Hero
sgtpepperband said:
Shipmate of mine, recently returned from compassionate stint at AFCO, told me about the trips they used to do with local schools and colleges. Being red-blooded males, the recruiting staff tried hard to suppress their inner feelings, whilst maintaining a professional decorum.

Anyway, after a school presentation, one young piece of jailbait approached a Royal Marine recruiter, enquiring about suitable jobs in the RN, and in particular, what branch she should join. After asking a few preliminary questions, the RM replied:

"Hmm, do you like working in a team?", smiling.

"Yes," she replied, eager as you like.

RM: "Well, I think you should be a Seaman Specialist! Actually, you look like just the sort of candidate we're looking for - you've got Seaman all over your face!"

Girl: "Ooh! That sounds like fun - tell me more..." :shock: :twisted:

(If that young girl is now a RR newbie, then I can only apologise on his behalf...) :oops: :wink:

Cut to the chase, did he fcuk her?
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
2DD: Are you asking if a fine, upstanding RM shagged an underage schoolgirl? I might incriminate myself if I divulge that information (PM me for details)... :lol:
 
My perosnal feeling is that a candidate ringing up every 6 to 8 weeks is fine, shows enthusiasm. If you live locally, then popping in for an update every couple of months can't harm you.

If you phone up every week asking the same question, then yes you will p**s off your CA.

Hopefully by the end of January most AFCO's should get a better picture of future recruiting and the numbers required over the next 2 to 3 years. So it may be worth waiting until the new year before trying to chase up the potential date of your entries.

Hope you all have a good festive season and look forward to more info in 2011

SM

:) :santa:
 

dyst0piate

Lantern Swinger
supermario said:
My perosnal feeling is that a candidate ringing up every 6 to 8 weeks is fine, shows enthusiasm. If you live locally, then popping in for an update every couple of months can't harm you.

That was my plan, just needed verification on where to strike the balance. Thank you. Didn't mean to come across as desperate, just eager.
 

94seldCO

Badgeman
supermario said:
My perosnal feeling is that a candidate ringing up every 6 to 8 weeks is fine, shows enthusiasm. If you live locally, then popping in for an update every couple of months can't harm you.

If you phone up every week asking the same question, then yes you will p**s off your CA.

Hopefully by the end of January most AFCO's should get a better picture of future recruiting and the numbers required over the next 2 to 3 years. So it may be worth waiting until the new year before trying to chase up the potential date of your entries.

Hope you all have a good festive season and look forward to more info in 2011

SM

:) :santa:

this is a good idea im going to take it into consideration as i didnt want to p**s off my CA by ringing her up but luckily she came to the school to do a talk and i had a chat then but seeing as you said there should be new info in the new year i may give her a ring and see whats going on ... i was told that as my my joing date shouldnt really be affected as i have been waiting so long already... :)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
There's a fair to middling chance I know your careers adviser.

Just ring her up every day & tell her I told you it was a good idea, to show how keen you are. (How she'll laugh :wink: )
 

94seldCO

Badgeman
Ninja_Stoker said:
There's a fair to middling chance I know your careers adviser.

Just ring her up every day & tell her I told you it was a good idea, to show how keen you are. (How she'll laugh :wink: )

thats sure is a good idea althugh shes nice and all i really dont think she will appreciate it but i will ring her end of jan or maybe pop in as its just across the water from me haha :)
my AFCO's Plymouth!!
 
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