Kit muster queries

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  1. As title says, i am wondering what kit musters entail, i know
    that it's laying all your kit out etc etc, but what are the points that are looked for etc.
    All in all what fails you and what passes you.
    My thanks in advance.

    P.s I am joining 4th November and am trying to get all bases covered, i.e. i have gotten polishing to a fine art lol...good luck to guys and gals going same date getting close >.< ;p
  2. The only contribution I can think of giving to this thread is to remind you that there can be such a thing as preparing too much. When you arrive at Raleigh they're not expecting you to be the finished product, that's not expected untill after 9 weeks of training. As long you'e comfortable with basics such as ironing and washing, and you're willing to apply yourself to learn new skills whilst at Raleigh, then I don't imagine there should be much for the mind to worry about.

    The only thing I would advise you to concentrate on, and I've never been to Raleigh so I'm not an expert however I'm sure others would agree with me, is your fitness. Leave worrying about kit mustering until you arrive.
  3. Yeah i've kept myself in good shape for last 2 years doing weights and jkd.
    I do see your point, i'm just itching to go so i was preparing like mad...what an eventful life i have -.- lol, no seriously ty for reply.
  4. There is usually a picture/photograph of a perfect kit muster displayed in each grot, your DI/GI will inform you of the correct measurements for each item ie shirts front width = the length of the Globe and Laurel (piece of A4 paper).
    If you were really keen you could Google Kit Musters.
  5. Tried :( gave me jargon and the meaning aswell as a navy slang textbook, but nothing rather usefull except excerpts from navy diaries.

    Ty for reply though and cheers for info on piccy etc.
  6. Try a Google Images search, click on the 'Images' above the box you enter your search keywords in. Then enter your keywords 'Kit Muster. Bingo. You'll get heaps.
  7. You'll get taught this but theres four golden rules


    Make sure your kit DOESN'T fall into the above categories and you can't fail. However if it's not up to scratch the way they teach you, you'll get shouted at and won't pass either. Then you have to do it again.

    Don't worry, they won't expect you to know this until they teach you it down there so I wouldn't fret.
  8. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Kit should be either:

    a. Worn
    b. Being washed
    c. Stowed clean

    Anything left out is likely to be MIA... if it's worn and dirty then launder it as soon as possible; your locker is not that big, and Sod's Law the one day you need that particular piece of kit, it's screwed into a dirty ball at the back of your locker, under your porn!

    All establishments have sufficient and efficient laundry facilities, and ships (Frigates/Destroyers upwards) have contract laundry workers on board, who will 'dhobi' your kit for a resonable price (or sometimes free, in certain operational circumstances).
  9. Cheers guys, i'll keep it all in mind, going down Sunday, can't wait ^__^

    Will be hard work but i'm gonna have fun --- I hope ;) lol
  10. Well me little Sprog good luck on your career in the Andrew.

    Although it's been some time since I had to do a Kit Muster, I do remember the things NOT to do, had a good DI for that one.

    Do not lay out Dirty Kit
    Do Not use cardboaard in your socks, they will toss em out the window.
    Everything has to be "Ships Book" size, don't worry you will be issued one of these
    Whatever you do make sure you pussers placcy mug is CLEAN.
    Check the big phot in every mess as it will show you exactly how to lay out your kit, there is only 1 way and that's it. If something is in the wrong place it may well be up pit.
    Just make sure you listen to what you are told and take it in, there's nothing more annoying to your DI than talking to a wall.

    Above all enjoy it, after a few years you can look back and laugh.
  11. Cheers, oh and roger on the mug lol. ;p
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Welcome to RR a174 :thumright:

    I've always been curious at what point an ex-matelot ceases calling it "The Mob" and switches to "The Andrew" & refers to everyone as "shipmate" or "sprog". Now I know, nice one, me hearty. Hoist main engines! :lol:
  13. see if u can get a A4 board as they dont issue them any more will make your ironing for kitmusters alot easier, there be a couple floating about.

    keep your eye on collars on white shirt a they bobble and sumtimes stain a bit.

    every things named.

    inside of pockets are a frequent pickup best way is hoovering them

    velcro on overalls free of fluff

    best to get extra white PT socks for kitmusters as new wet silver shadows dye them a dirty grey color

    good luck for raleigh
  14. Cheers for the replies :)
  15. You'll get plenty of A4 books/brochures to use for folding.

    Basically, everything has to be neatly folded to A4 size, be in the right place, clean, dry, pockets free of dust, locker free of dust, floor free of dust. You'll do a lot of de-dusting/fluffing!

    Kit musters are dead easy if you take the time and effort. You only get 3 anyway. An 'informal' one in week 2, the ADTO one in week 5 (which is what I have on Monday) and OCRS in week 9.
  16. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You are absolutely correct Chris, but I know of two people from my area that are lost their job because they thought it laughable that they needed to learn basic washing & ironing skills before joining. They both subsequently failed 3 kit musters.

    One of my colleagues makes a point of saying "hello" every other week to one of them as he pays for the petrol he's just put in his car. The other one is applying to join again, having had to wait 12 months before being eligible to re-apply.

    There's probably a moral to that, somewhere.
  17. Fail your kit muster and sell your recruiter petrol every other week?
  18. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    That's the moral I was after!

    (Couldn't find it on Google, cheers!) :thumright:
  20. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Oh dear, I can see where this is going.... :roll:

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