Newbie needing advice and guidance:P :)

ben1985

Midshipman
Hi there, I've been thinking about joining the Royal Navy for a few months previous and finally decided I wanted to do it.

Last week I had a week off work, so went to the AFCO in Lincoln (I live in Scunthorpe), and got some information from the careers bloke there and got myself an application form.

I posted the form this Tuesday with the SAE they provided, I noticed it was 2nd class, so it should be there by Thursday or Friday.

I was just wondering if somebody can give me a rough idea of the 'timeline' if you get what I mean

I'm assuming I will get a date for the aptitude tests within a week or two, so if somebody could give me a rough idea how long it takes from stage to stage and ideally from filling in your application form to starting your basic training at HMS Raleigh.

The 1st preference I've put on the application form is: Steward, so does the waiting times and entry/non-entry depend on if the job itself is over/under supplied? and the persons aptitude tests?

Yeh, so if you helpful people on this website could do that for me^:), I've only been on it for a few days but it looks like a helpful site with lots of helpful members :)

Thanks,

Benjamin Peter Wood
 
Incoming!!

Welcome to the site, you'll find a mine of information here. Both useful and useless.

The aptitude test shows you which trades you're able to join. Steward is one of the, er, easier trades to get into. So you might find you'll have a pick of many trades when you get your results.

My recruitment timescale was 9 months, but that was very, very quick indeed. Mostly it seems to be over a year. Keep posting!
 

Stripey_G

War Hero
Welcome to the site Ben, and as Snap says, you'll find the info you're looking for all over. And I'm sure that others will give you their opinions good or bad. Been out too long to have any input for you but ask away...
good luck.
 

ben1985

Midshipman
9 months, hmm, that's what i would of thought was normal really,

I've asked a few friends at work who incidentially went into the navy at 17, both of them pulled out!, one to me said 10 months about and the other 11

So does the under-over supply of a job affect the recruitment speed?

say for example, they are very under-supplied on stewards, and i pass all the tests straight through (touch wood), i assume this would be quicker then applying for a post (god knows which to use as an example) but one that is very over-supplied?

cheers

Benjamin Peter Wood
 

ben1985

Midshipman
yer, someone said that to me aswell, reading up a bit, im guessing you say to the required person that you would do it,i definitley would, i would find it exciting.

Apparently if i read right, you have to do a submarine course and then a test to get your 'dolphins', then you can go onto a submarine, but yes I would definitley 'ask' if a submarine position is avaliable, maybe as soon as you've got a basic training date, I don't know you see?

Cheers

B Wood
 
ben1985 said:
yer, someone said that to me aswell, reading up a bit, im guessing you say to the required person that you would do it,i definitley would, i would find it exciting.

Apparently if i read right, you have to do a submarine course and then a test to get your 'dolphins', then you can go onto a submarine, but yes I would definitley 'ask' if a submarine position is avaliable, maybe as soon as you've got a basic training date, I don't know you see?

Cheers

B Wood

:roll: The Submarine Position? ...Tell me more... :wink: :lol:
 

ben1985

Midshipman
no, you read it wrong:p, and i know you're implying it wrong, I was just asking how and when you ask if you can go on a submarine or rather train , get your dolphins and then go on one.

Cheers

B W
 

ben1985

Midshipman
also, another little time question, how long to sending your application form off will you get a date for your aptitude tests, also usually how much time do you have between when you get the letter (allowing for delay from where sent from) to the date of the test, if you need to book time off work for example?

cheers

B W
 

ben1985

Midshipman
somebody must know the answer to the above question:p im guessing 2 weeks from sending your form back, say 2.5 tops, also the afco im using is lincoln if thats any help to anybody:) cheers ben w
 
The wait time on all these things vary, I would suggest leave it a week after you post it and then phone the AFCO to confirm that they have received it. You can in the same call ask them how long it is taking them to process, as you are keen to join.

I am afraid hurrying up to wait around is the norm in the military, so you may as well get used to it now. Good luck with your application shipmate.
 

slim

War Hero
My main concern is that you want to be a steward.
Do you know what a steward actually does?
I don't know what your initial education test results are but I would seriously reconsider your job choice.
Comments from RR members please
 

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