The deal is that it's unusual for a Naval Nurse to offer qualified careers advice regarding NA(SE) promotional prospects, unless the said Nurse has mates who are NA(SE)'s or serves on an air-station and has contact with that particular trade as opposed to the potentially jaded views of a "passed-over" individual that has limited prospect of promotion.
Likewise there are comparatively few NA(SE)'s that could advise on promotional prospects of Naval Nurses unless the reverse applies.
The best person to advise is probably several serving NA(SE)'s or if you cannot find one- ask your Careers Adviser if they can find out for you.
Fair one, I do understand, I have mentioned it to my careers advisor he was unsure, (he is RM, as opposed to RN) but after enquiring with one of the RN advisors he confirmed by saying promotion later on was reffered to as "dead mens shoes"...
Have to confess that if a candidate asked me the same question, the only way of finding out would be to ring the branch manager. Those of us with limited day-to-day contact with the Fleet Air Arm, particularly the smaller/lesser known trades, would have to ask the branch experts.
To this end, I'll move this over to the FAA forum in the hope that there's a current individual able to confirm or scotch the story so far.
Promotion has picked up in the branch and this is down to select train promote.(STP) There are a few older Leading hands who should've been promoted but with STP. Its passed them by. Needles to say they do deserve to be promoted. Unfortunately you're only as good as the person who's doing your write ups !!! :?
Im an ex-chockhead (Aircraft Handler). In my day Phot Met SE and Handlers all did airmanship together then went on to ther own various specialist training. Made some good SE mates in my time.
So Go to "Safety Equipment Survival Association" on the web they will be able to give you the inside story maybe.