Navy/Marine Officer Ranking Timescale?

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  1. Hello,

    What is the ranking timescale for officer. I probably be joining at the age of 23 as a officer. I know the timescale isn't going to be as accurate, but I don't mind as I'd like a good idea where I would be in the future.I would be looking at Warfare officer for R.N and R.M would be Intelligence officer.

    I would like to join as Full time, however, depending on life change situations in the future I would join as a reserve. If possible both Full Time and Reserve timescale would be good.

    Thank You.
  2. Trainer

    Trainer War Hero Book Reviewer

    @Dok96 , what is going to happen now is that lots of people are going to come in take the piss out of you for some time. Ride with it and if you show courage then you may get the information you seek in due course.

    Let me start (gently) by telling you that I have very little idea what you are on about.:D
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  3. Hello,

    Ok, Thank You. :) The question I'm asking isn't clear, but I can't put it in a different way.

    I'm just asking how long it would take to rank up as a officer, if I were to join as full time at the age of 23. I'm looking at joining as a warfare Officer.

    Thank You.
  4. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Do you mean how long would it take you to achieve each higher rank after you complete Dartmouth?
  5. Yes, exactly. I forgot to add that in. :D
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator


    Just so you are aware from the outset, you cannot join directly as a Royal Marines Reserve Officer as alluded in the thread title and first post.

    The book of refence, BR3, Chapter 66, paragraph 6632 and Table 66-2 should cover the answers you seek: navy responsive/documents/reference library/br 3/br3book/ch66.pdf

    There is no seniority/accelerated advancement based on educational qualifications for those joining after Sept 2013

    Use Internet Explorer and a pdf reader to view it.
  7. In a nutshell then; if he works hard, keeps his head down and with a modicum of luck, he should make a past-over 2 1/2 by the age of 40. :)
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  8. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    The RM do employ Officers as Intelligence Officers but that isn't a branch/spec, it's a position. The RN have the Intelligence Cadre which is a sub-branch of the Warfare spec. In a nutshell if you think you want to concentrate on Intelligence it's either the RN Int cadre, or the Army Intelligence Corps.

    Your question is difficult to answer, whilst there are guidelines individuals can promote at varying times but broadly speaking, typically average age to promote to SO2 is 35, average age to promote to SO1 is 42 and average age to promote to OF5 is 48. Clearly some get there far earlier and some take longer. Also as the RN alters size/shape different branches will have slightly different averages. For example there are some 35-36 year old SO1s knocking about at the moment and a few 40-41 year old OF5s.
  9. When I was a youngster, the WE branch average to promotion to Lt Cdr was 42ish, and for promotion to Cdr 39....
  10. The Royal Naval Reserve timescales are similar once you commission. That can take significantly longer than a regular unless you do the accelerated officer programme in which case it can theoretically be shorter. There's also a reserve intelligence unit though no guarantee of being able to join as you can't apply until you're in and about to finish training. The average ages in the reserve tend to be higher because reservists who don't go full time tend to be older.

    Or you join a specialisation chock full of Lt Cdrs and start hoping for a bloody war or sickly season whilst looking enviously at the dashing heros in the under strength specialisations...
  11. Trainer

    Trainer War Hero Book Reviewer

    47 Year old SO3 anyone (non Yardie or SD). That's what happens when you join at 30....:eek:

    Fair dos though, I am obviously shit.......
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  12. And pissed off a monumental number of people....
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  13. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    I recall days of SO2 at 29 and SO1 at 34.....long gone except for those on the golden career track
  14. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer's you!
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  15. This time next year...


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  16. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    There was a scran bag attired, watchless, overpromoted Lieutenant RN member of the support staff ( not proper DS) at JSCSC with whom I took the hump. A pie scoffing, useless disgrace.

    Was that you?
  17. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    Was that in the last two years, the support act for HCSC?
  18. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    I'm going back further than that. He left his gehto blaster set up as a wake up call and fcuked off weekend. As a liver in, imagine my joy at 0600 on Saturday morning.
  19. Trainer

    Trainer War Hero Book Reviewer

    Only if the Ghetto Blaster was belting out Classic FM....
  20. Trainer

    Trainer War Hero Book Reviewer

    You're bluffing - we both know that descriptor could apply to half a dozen people in my and your branch..... well pre WE anyhow....

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