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My Joining Process 2018 - 2019

JW10

Midshipman
Hi all, I thought I would share my joining process so far, as it has been slightly different to a few that I have read and hopefully will be useful to most but, also provide anyone in a similar situation with some extra information.

My application was submitted at the end of March 2018 and I applied to join as a Seaman Specialist. I had a few calls from my local AFCO and they set me up on an online recruitment portal, which had all of the forms and the security check that I needed to complete to get started.

Here is where my application was different to most. I was previously in the Army for a short period, so they have to go and dig out all of your previous service records from the archives held in the Army Personnel Centre (to make sure you weren’t discharged for anything serious) and then “permission to join” has to be granted by the Royal Navy HQ. This took roughly 6 – 8 weeks for me.

The AFCO were then back in touch and booked me in for my RT (recruit tests) at the end of May 2018, which thankfully gave me enough time to do some revision. The maths was my only real worry, but I passed. After the tests, the rest of the application process was laid out to me and I was given a few more forms to go away and fill out, which I had to bring back with me for my interview.

The next stage was the interview. It’s fairly laid back, but you still need to prep for it in my opinion. They will ask a load of personal questions and include some questions to throw you off guard. I got “What’s been the moment in your life where you have been the least proud of yourself?” Other than that, know your role inside out, look at where the RN have been deployed to lately and have a basic knowledge on what they are doing around the world. Unless you have a major attitude problem, it should all go well.

Once this came back the medical and eye test were scheduled. Again, this was slightly different for me. I broke my hand playing rugby a year before my application, but because I had to go to hospital and have it casted, I was declared MU (medically unfit) despite making a full recovery. I then had to pester my GP to send over all of my documents from the doctors and hospital. My doctor sent it over within two weeks and everything carried on as normal.

The medical and eye test were next. These were both conducted in August 2018 and are pretty standard. Any questions about these, just let me know in the comments below.

Once these had all been successfully passed, the AFCO were in touch to schedule the PJFT at my local Nuffield Health gym in September 2018. My advice…find a hot/stuffy gym, get on a treadmill and get practising! Forget road running for a while. I spent about 4 weeks in the lead up to the PJFT practising 3 times a week. 15 Km/h will see you complete the run in just under 10 minutes, but the time doesn’t really matter, they just want a PASS.

After this was passed, I was then to wait for my PRNC and join date and was told the AFCO would be in touch every month until I had then date. The first phone call came, and they told me that the RN had paused all applications (for my trade) until the New Year. The reason being that the training dates for Phase 1 and Phase 2 weren’t matching up, as they pretty much need you to come out of Phase 1 have a weekend off and then go straight into Phase 2. If anyone wants more info on this part, let me know!

So, I chased the AFCO for any updates in the New Year and they told me that my join date had conveniently just come through and I was going to be joining HMS Raleigh on the 7th of July 2019. I was invited back to the AFCO for another interview (really formal) and this was just to make sure that none of my circumstances had changed. They also gave me my PRNC/ RNAC course dates (03rd of June). However, because my application process had dragged and the PJFT was over 6 months old, I had to retake it. They gave me 2 weeks to prep for it and lucky I passed it for the second time.

Apologies that this isn’t the most detailed account of the process but hopefully it covers the majority of what people may want to know when joining up.

My PRNC is at HMS Collingwood on the 03rd of June and I will put up a post about my time after the course. (I’ll try to be as detailed as possible). If anyone has any questions about my joining process, just let me know.
 
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marj96

Newbie
Hey nice report there! Did you have to do an eye test again at the Capita medical (i.e. snellen chart) or did they just check over the results conducted at the independent test?
 

JW10

Midshipman
Hey nice report there! Did you have to do an eye test again at the Capita medical (i.e. snellen chart) or did they just check over the results conducted at the independent test?
Hey, my eye test was done at a local Boots Opticians and then when I had my medical they asked me to read the lines and go as low as I could on the snellen chart and that was it.
 

Maran?4

Midshipman
Odd that they made you retake your fitness test when it lasts a year and it's not a year before you doing it first time then joining HMS Raleigh? You even do it again at the Rnac! Which I can see you're on at the moment. I hated the rnac but glad I did it
 

JW10

Midshipman
Odd that they made you retake your fitness test when it lasts a year and it's not a year before you doing it first time then joining HMS Raleigh? You even do it again at the Rnac! Which I can see you're on at the moment. I hated the rnac but glad I did it
Yeah, so I was told on the way to PRNC. Another guy said the AFCO told him wrong but the found it was valid for a year. So I’ve been seen off. Not that I was bothered as I needed to get back into running after Xmas anyway! Thankfully passed RNAC as well, so happy with that. Why did you hate it?
 

Shipspotter

Badgeman
Odd that they made you retake your fitness test when it lasts a year and it's not a year before you doing it first time then joining HMS Raleigh? You even do it again at the Rnac! Which I can see you're on at the moment. I hated the rnac but glad I did it

Why did you hate the RNAC? I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and found it mega useful and the staff were brilliant (I was South if that makes a difference?)
 
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