Officers and ratings will get drafted to a ship/submarine for a period of 2 .5 to 3 years, (sometimes less, sometimes more). Once the draft is over officers will go to a shore role for a period of years before his/her next sea draft. Ratings may go to an inboard draft or just do a course and back to sea.Evening,
I have general query regarding the MEO role - I thought it easier to post on the back of my previous question instead of starting a new feed.
I undestand the MEO generally spends 2/3 of the time onshore. Is this the same for the Ratings? Or does a ship have a core Ratings crew and MEO's rotate onshore, spending less time away than Ratings?
Further, how many years can an MEO expect to be sea-going before being desk bound?
I am trying to get a better understanding of 'expected' durations at sea for discussions with the family - I work offshore just now so have a comparison against.