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Mine warfare specialist, (without the guff)

there's scrubbing and polishing no matter what do you in the military, besides I kinda like cleaning, in cleaning a peace of brass you kinda clean away your worries.

Disregarding all the innuendos ( Jock said cleaning brass - Not Polishing it, FGS!) the subject dredged a couple of memories from the depths of the solitary brain cell:

One upon a time in the Andrew a pair of oppos who had fallen out in a big way were referred to as 'having split their brass rags' (which they'd previously shared working part of ship on their brightwork.)


Personally I found digging out with lads in cleaning the bilges rather therapeutic; additionally to the satisfaction of a 'good result' it gave me, and them, a chance to lower any rank barriers and share stuff that never comes out of any informal 'interview' sesh.

Besides, that little boy (person?) within each of just loves getting absolute filthy dirty sometimes, 'specially if its all in good cause like FOSMs Inspection, etc...




Bob-best-cleanest-driest-sweetest-bilges-in-the-boat/squadron-L
 

jockspuds

Newbie
Disregarding all the innuendos ( Jock said cleaning brass - Not Polishing it, FGS!) the subject dredged a couple of memories from the depths of the solitary brain cell:

One upon a time in the Andrew a pair of oppos who had fallen out in a big way were referred to as 'having split their brass rags' (which they'd previously shared working part of ship on their brightwork.)


Personally I found digging out with lads in cleaning the bilges rather therapeutic; additionally to the satisfaction of a 'good result' it gave me, and them, a chance to lower any rank barriers and share stuff that never comes out of any informal 'interview' sesh.

Besides, that little boy (person?) within each of just loves getting absolute filthy dirty sometimes, 'specially if its all in good cause like FOSMs Inspection, etc...

What a load of piss...
Can tell this guy is a complete Rupert. lol...
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Personally I found digging out with lads in cleaning the bilges rather therapeutic; additionally to the satisfaction of a 'good result' it gave me, and them, a chance to lower any rank barriers and share stuff that never comes out of any informal 'interview' sesh.

Besides, that little boy (person?) within each of just loves getting absolute filthy dirty sometimes, 'specially if its all in good cause like FOSMs Inspection, etc...




Bob-best-cleanest-driest-sweetest-bilges-in-the-boat/squadron-L


No mention of cleaning out the ballast tanks or outboard sonar spaces then.............

Full of mud and smelly wriggling things - and that was just my N02 and 3!!

Funnily enough I was required inboard that day (cough).
 
Pongo and proud of it..

...and (despite those credentials) welcome to RR.

Some of those of your ilk who have joined RR have made a useful contribution to what we do here (and a few of 'em continue to do so.) can we look forward to yours too, perhaps?

Rupert? Dit Time- When introduced to our German opposite numbers on a S/M visit to Keil way back in '71 one of their party mispronounced my name, Robert, as Rupert.

At that time there was an big Oz obscene publication trial in UK as Rupert the Bear had been depicted in their cartoon rove up his grandma.

Never Mind Lady Chatterley - the censorship trial that changed Britain was a courtroom farce 40 years ago all about sex, drugs and Rupert Bear | Mail Online

Of course, our guys latched on to that and, for the rest of that commish, my nickname aboard was indeed Rupert (CPO ATT BTW) with all the associated ribaldry.

Time marched on and I when I found myself in the WR, strangely enough, no-one ever called me Rupert there..

In the RN our officers are (affectionately?) known as Pigs by the lower deck which I could never quite reconcile with the fact that their abode, the Wardroom, was referred to as the Bunhouse in almost the same breath...
 
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spartacus

Midshipman
am in the same boat as you so to speak. I was waiting for warfare spec but got a call and said they were offering me a place in mine warfare totally weird.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
am in the same boat as you so to speak. I was waiting for warfare spec but got a call and said they were offering me a place in mine warfare totally weird.
It's not weird really.

Warfare Spec has a long wait to join, Mine Warfare doesn't at present but again it's only worth doing it if it appeals.

Rest assured Warfare Specialists moan all the time about cleaning, paint chipping, painting, oiling, greasing, keeping gangway watches, keeping watches at sea, food, the weather, Officers, Senior Rates, you name it.
 

Rachelthree

War Hero
If you changed branch would the wait start again anyway so it would have to be substantially shorter to be worthwhile? Doesn't seem fair to bump others back in the queue but seems some people on here have been allocated start dates before those who took the RT at the same time as them changing branch? I am not necessarily tempted, just might be in for a longer wait than anticipated by a loooong time and am considering looking into it.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Each branch has differing waiting times. If you and your hypothetical twin apply to join the RN at the same time, you as WS, your twin as WS(MW)... and you later switch to WS(MW), you'll join behind your twin but ahead of anyone else passing the test after you, but not yet completed selection. No one jumps the queue, but those that complete selection first, get allocated a place first.
 

Rachelthree

War Hero
Thank you :) yeah that is more than fair and totally understandable. My CA reckons although i was bid on a while back my wait may have only started on presentation of my updated passport last month; 49 months in all for Writer is maybe a bit much but all there is to do is wait and see what happens, haha.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
I'd have thought the time given when you initially passed the recruiting test would be the most accurate, assuming you passed selection without undue delay.


Trouble with Writer, compared to most other branches, is because so few serve afloat, sea drafts are few and far between. I'd guess at least your career will be UK based shore drafts.
 

Rachelthree

War Hero
Thanks Ninja, I redid some elements of selection when I moved AFCOs (interview and that) at my new CA's request which I did as quickly as I could. Been told many different times truth be told, most recent being 30 months- but everyone I have had contact with at the AFCO, namely my CA have been awesome so I understand that the 'mystery' can not be helped as they don't know either and are doing all they can for every one of their candidates in the system.

Yeah I don't mind where they send me but I do understand most postings are shore side, with what i want to achieve in my career more than happy to go land, sea, underwater if they require me there. It is the only role I want ro do really, did consider AET but I worry I would struggle in phase 2 and beyond. Since chatting to them have made some changes in my current situations so I can not get so focussed on the wait and patiently just keep my fitness up and keep in touch with the AFCO and when/if it happens then it does :)
 

jockspuds

Newbie
Mine warfare is boring...very boring, for excitment they clean all the floors and do the dusting, but seeing as you ain't the brightest fish in the drawer, I reckon it'll be the challenge you are looking for.
Now edit your post, remove your name and try and remember all that shit about personal security you should have been taught as a pongo....then I'll do the same with this dribble.
Your a dick
 
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