Navy Net - Royal Navy Community

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

MCD or Warfare Officer?

Mostyn

Newbie
Hi,
My name is Neil and Im looking to join the RN to become an MCD. Im 25, have given up a graduate career in banking and am looking for something that will push me to the limits both mentally and physically, where I can be part of a strong bonded team and get to do something that I believe adds value to the world and not to a shareholders back pocket. Moreover, I love diving and so MCD seems spot on.

However, I am getting a lot of pressure to go for an officer role (family) but I have my heart set on MCD and know if I join as a warfare officer there is no gurantee I will get to dive at least for a few years if at all.

SO what I am looking for is an idea of how long it realistically takes to be promoted to lead rating (diver ) and then petty officer diver? Also, any details on pay / and additional diver pay would help? I am ambitious so do want to earn a level of responsibility, and am happy to spend time proving myself, but if it takes ten years to get to lead diver then I may have to rethink!!

Any reply would be really appreciated, thanks for your time....


Neil
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Welcome to the site.

Starting pay as a diver is £13,013 gross, increasing to around £16,227 after 6 months. Then raising incrementally over 9 years, at todays rates, to £27,559 without promotion.

Diving pay, once qualified starts at approximately £300 per month gross.

If you were to complete your degree and enter as a Warfare Officer, starting pay is £28,216.

With regard promotion to Leading Hand it can vary & is probably best advised by a serving diver nearer your joining date.

As an estimate, you would not normally expect to reach Leading Rate before you had served around 4 years (I stress this is an estimate, not a fact) or more but many choose not to advance as you do less "hands on" diving as you advance up the ranks. Similarly diving officers, whilst they do dive, don't do an awful lot of hands-on diving as they are promoted through the ranks.
 

Mostyn

Newbie
Many thanks for the info below - much appreciated.

COuld you explain the difference between leading hand and leading rating. I thought they were the same. So you start as a able rating after training, and then roughly 4 years to become a lead rating..? Where does the leading hand fit in?

Thanks.....
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
C MCD - Contact lenses/glasses Joining the Royal Navy 3
MoD_RSS LN-Gaiety’s purchase of MCD cleared by CMA MoD News 0
MoD_RSS Provisional Findings published in LN-Gaiety/MCD merger inquiry MoD News 0
MoD_RSS LN-Gaiety’s takeover of MCD raises competition concerns MoD News 0
J MCD or ME Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 2
B College and MCD Joining the Royal Navy 24
S MCD Accomodation Horsea Island? Bases / Shore Est 7
T Anyone else waiting on dates for MCD PDA ???? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 0
T MCD PJFT - How is it done? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 5
T Applied for MCD with no diving experience. Problem? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 23
C MCD-Joining up! Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 21
W mcd aquaint january Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 25
eddietheboyp Mcd peda Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 0
H MCD questions Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 3
R Info for potential Mine Clearance Divers (MCD) Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 27
R MCD 'Combat Situations' Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 27
R MCD - Career paths? Officer? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 7
R Advice - Becoming a MCD Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 12
J applying for MCD Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 5
eddietheboyp MCD Medical Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 2
D Potential MCD help neede please! The Fleet 15
T laser eye surgery mcd? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 2
T Just a few questions about joining and MCD. Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 8
F Warfare Specialist Surface or Submarine? Joining the Royal Navy 7
C Warfare Officer Surface to Sub Joining the Royal Navy 2
MoD_RSS A new approach to information warfare: @HutEighteen MoD News 0
R What is the average day of a Warfare Officer (submarines) whilst on patrol? Submariners 3
D Warfare?? Joining the Royal Navy 14
S Have I made the right choice? - Warfare specialist Submariners 2
N Cost of self funded foundation degree? (Warfare) UPO/Careers Office 1
B Warfare specialist sub spec Joining the Royal Navy 4
I Warfare Spec or Aircraft Handler Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 9
T Waiting Time Warfare Officer Joining the Royal Navy 3
B Warfare Specialist Surface Fleet Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 3
B Warfare specialist opinions Joining the Royal Navy 18
I Warfare Specialist Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 9
N Joining as a Warfare Officer submarine v surface Joining the Royal Navy 4
S Employment Opportunities and Qualifications for Warfare Intelligence Officer? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 13
D Future in Mine Warfare Specialist Joining the Royal Navy 30
C Warfare Intelligence Officer Joining the Royal Navy 2
TechnicPR Application waiting list for Warfare Specialist? Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 4
C Submarine warfare specialist Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 3
M interview questions for warfare specialist Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 14
S Warfare Intelligence Specialist (WIS) - RT score Joining the Royal Navy 2
S AirCraft Tech or Warfare specialist Joining the Royal Navy 2
B Aircraft Technician or Warfare Specialist Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 2
MoD_RSS Royal Marines travel to Belarus for winter warfare exercise MoD News 0
Stirlin Chemical and Biological warfare sites. History 2
MoD_RSS Over 2,000 UK personnel deploy to Norway for major Arctic warfare exercise MoD News 0
K Qualifications required to become a Warfare Officer, i.e UCAS Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting 8
Similar threads


















































Top