I don’t mind at all; In fact, I prefer to be completely honest so I can understand whether it is the right career choice for me.
One of the main reasons I want to join the Navy is for the travel. My current engineering job sees me travel regularly for work, and I enjoy this aspect of the job. The inherent nature of the Submarine Service means that the opportunity for port visits is vastly reduced, if not removed completely.
Transferable skills are another reason: Marine Engineer training appeals to me as sometime in the future I could find employment in the MN. I don’t have any interest in working as a nuclear engineer, so if I’m not dedicated to a full career in the submarine service, which I’m not, then employability outside is very limited.
Basically, I’d be joining the Navy to see as much of the world as possible. Serving in a submarine won’t allow this to happen.
I would love to be an MEO(GS), but I now understand I run the risk of being coerced in to the Submarine Service, which would remove the fundamental reason I joined in the first place.
Fair enough. I too would probably consider the Merchant Navy if the Royal Navy didn't work out.
What car does he drive & does he holiday abroad once or more a year?
I wouldn't, not a chance in hell would I swap being a Royal Navy Warfare Officer for a Merchant Deck Officer career! In fact I doubt you'll find any Warfare Officer willing to do so, or even recommend a merchant career today. Just look at the story in today's Guardian (the other Officers in the Mess had already bagsied the Times and Torygraph...) Captain refuses to abandon ship after eight months stranded in Sussex port | UK news | The Guardian
Yep, know the type. Piso and probably a veritable baron.Like most married 2 1/2s I know, a really shit car and they went away for a week this year. The rest of the time he's duty (1 in 3 as a mid-seniority 2 1/2, poke that).
But in your defence, he's Cornish, so he saw the world when he crossed the Tamar all the way to Dartmouth. SULTAN was like a different world
Very often, someone achieving a lower than average scoring AIB pass may have more chance of being selected in a shortage category specialisation - you'll be advised about how you fared at AIB at the time and if offered submarines, you don't have to accept.
I talked to my next door neighbour (about to be a MEO on a SM) about runs-ashore. He looked at me with a slight tear in his eye.
Honestly, I wouldn't join.
You should, of course, keep all your options open while investigating what would be best for you, but you should certainly check out the RFA to see whether there is an opportunity for you there.
S3049 Attestation Form said:Part 5
Paragraph 5.1 "I understand that:
b) I am liable to periods of service at sea or ashore in any part of the world and that I may be called upon to serve in any type of establishment, naval ship, submarine or merchant ship taken up from trade"