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Do you think the RN should put in place a trial week to test new recruits on fitness etc before bein

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The Army has a week of fitness trials etc for new recruits that they would need to pass before rolling onto basic training (or they did, I can't rem).

This is a good thing; it gives the trainees a taste to how their lives would be for the first few months within the MOB.

When I went through my joining process, it was just interviews a test and a medical.

Do you think the RN would benefit from following the Army within this method?
 

ScaleyFins

Midshipman
I'm off to Raleigh very soon, and to be honest the physical preparation booklet i've been given is basic to say the least. Standards are lower than the standards I encountered in the T.A. Instead of needing to knock out 44 press-ups in 2 minutes, I only need to do 23. Why???

Minimum standards required for the RAF, Army, Navy and Marines should be the same across the board. 44 Press-Ups, 50 sit-ups and 1.5 miles in 10 and a half minutes is not difficult!

The problem is not with the forces though, it's more to do with the lifestyle of young people today - a culture of binge drinking, Playstations and Maccy D's.
 
ScaleyFins said:
I'm off to Raleigh very soon, and to be honest the physical preparation booklet i've been given is basic to say the least. Standards are lower than the standards I encountered in the T.A. Instead of needing to knock out 44 press-ups in 2 minutes, I only need to do 23. Why???

Minimum standards required for the RAF, Army, Navy and Marines should be the same across the board. 44 Press-Ups, 50 sit-ups and 1.5 miles in 10 and a half minutes is not difficult!

The problem is not with the forces though, it's more to do with the lifestyle of young people today - a culture of binge drinking, Playstations and Maccy D's.

It's at times like these that I feel like one of those old judges who ask silly questions during a trial. However I'm now going to ask you two:-

What are Playstations? And what are Maccy D's?

:roll: :oops:
 
ScaleyFins said:
I'm off to Raleigh very soon, and to be honest the physical preparation booklet i've been given is basic to say the least. Standards are lower than the standards I encountered in the T.A. Instead of needing to knock out 44 press-ups in 2 minutes, I only need to do 23. Why???

Minimum standards required for the RAF, Army, Navy and Marines should be the same across the board. 44 Press-Ups, 50 sit-ups and 1.5 miles in 10 and a half minutes is not difficult!

The problem is not with the forces though, it's more to do with the lifestyle of young people today - a culture of binge drinking, Playstations and Maccy D's.


My son has just passed out from Raliegh and he was a very fit lad when he went there and even he said that they do push you to the limits at times in there,especially the RM Gym Instructors and they also put you into groups for your running,the faster you are the higher group you are in,and all the time they are trying to get a quicker time out of you,so be as fit as possible and just use the book as a basic guide.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!

Good Luck.
 

Shakey

War Hero
NozzyNozzer said:
What are Playstations? And what are Maccy D's?

:roll: :oops:

Is this some sort of bite?

I'll bite anyway. Playstations are an electronic device plugged into a TV set designed to take teenage boys minds off masturbating.

Maccy D's is a nickname for McDuck's, a so-called restaurant chain where the only food they sell that doesn't contain sugar is their chips. Oh yeah, and their chicken nuggets.
 

Skunkmiester

Lantern Swinger
ScaleyFins said:
Minimum standards required for the RAF, Army, Navy and Marines should be the same across the board. 44 Press-Ups, 50 sit-ups and 1.5 miles in 10 and a half minutes is not difficult!

Err you can count the Marines out of that one lofty. The Navy and the RAF do not have to be battle fit but they must retain a standard of fitness.

40 Press ups in a minute
80 Sit ups in 2 minutes
45 Burpees in a minute
Minimum of 10 overarm pull ups
Shuttle runs

That is done on the potential recruits course which each bloke must pass before getting into training. You also do an endurance course test an assault course test and a timed 1.5 mile run. Plus lectures and interviews all done over 3 days.
 
ScaleyFins said:
Minimum standards required for the RAF, Army, Navy and Marines should be the same across the board. 44 Press-Ups, 50 sit-ups and 1.5 miles in 10 and a half minutes is not difficult!

Why should they be? Army and RM have to be physically on the front line in all conditions, whereas the RN sits in a metal box miles offshore lobbing missiles into things and the RAF prance around in 5* hotels or spend their lives in East Anglia. And the levels you quote are New Entry levels for RALEIGH only, not the RN as a whole (which varies on age, gender etc).

As you appear to be a diver, you can rest assured that the standards for your particular branch makes the Army fitness levels seem easy by comparison. So don't worry, you'll be more than fit enough!
 

Jim30

Lantern Swinger
Such a thing has already been introduced. There is one or two sites where wannabe Matelots can spend 2/3 days being exposed to naval discipline and the environment prior to joining to ease the culture schock.
 
Shakey said:
NozzyNozzer said:
What are Playstations? And what are Maccy D's?

:roll: :oops:

Is this some sort of bite?

I'll bite anyway. Playstations are an electronic device plugged into a TV set designed to take teenage boys minds off masturbating.

Maccy D's is a nickname for McDuck's, a so-called restaurant chain where the only food they sell that doesn't contain sugar is their chips. Oh yeah, and their chicken nuggets.

Some sort of bite? No I'm afraid not. I think it's called the generation gap! :? I've heard Playstations mentioned but never known what they actually were!!! Personally I think bromide is perfectly good enough, though I see nothing wrong with wonking :lol:

McDucks - McDonalds? I see - you mean the sort of stuff you encourage public sector workers and matelots to eat in order to avoid paying them pensions? I've never come across the term Maccy D's before. In my day you were lucky to go to the local chippy!

Thanks Shakey for relieving my ignorance!
 
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MightyCrash said:
Couldn't they do a mile and a half test as part of joining up - perhaps after the aptitude tests?

In theory yes, however have you wathced the 1st mile and a half run in the recruits 1st week? Lucky if 50% pass it in the time required.
 
[quote="NozzyNozzer"


McDucks - McDonalds? I see - you mean the sort of stuff you encourage public sector workers and matelots to eat in order to avoid paying them pensions? I've never come across the term Maccy D's before. In my day you were lucky to go to the local chippy!

Thanks Shakey for relieving my ignorance![/quote]
For a while there Nozzy they had a macdonalds inside the naval base in Guzz with drive through. Crushers loved coming the big "what ship are you from sonny" whilst Jack was enjoying his big mac.
It soon closed though, mostly because Jack doesnt really want to pay for scran when he can get it for free onboard, and the jan dockies were to fond of their pasties...
 
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