Newbie wanting to join Navy

#1
Couple of quick questions,

Want to join navy as a Seaman, what kind of timescale am i looking at before i start at HMS Raleigh?

What is life going to be like for a 16 year old lad?

Are people seperated like do you get your older ones sticking together and your younger ones sticking together or does everyone mix and help each other out?

Can you give me any advice for the interview?

:D

Thanks

Josh
 
#2
Yes Go to the recruiting Office and speak to them, or trawl through all the newbie sections on here, the answer my friend, is blowing in the wind.
 
#5
SolmaN said:
Couple of quick questions,

Want to join navy as a Seaman, what kind of timescale am i looking at before i start at HMS Raleigh?

What is life going to be like for a 16 year old lad?

Are people seperated like do you get your older ones sticking together and your younger ones sticking together or does everyone mix and help each other out?

Can you give me any advice for the interview?

:D

Thanks

Josh
Hey mate when you planning on joining?
 
#6
You will be allright I was 20 when i joined.Yes there was 16 year olds.No bullying.You will all have to work together as a team or fail Bye the way i started it all off in Preston.
 
#9
Interview aint that bad, i passed it a few weeks ago and all you have to do is be confident but not cockey and as a few others are saying dont bullshit. You raised a good question about the age thing, me being 16 my self its got me thinking.
 
#10
Whats to thnk about.As longas you are confident.....Not tied to mummys apron strings and can stand up for your self go for it .It will make you.
 
#11
SolmaN said:
yer i got the presentation at the AFCO in preston on wednesday,

Hope it goes well....

my mums got to be convinced as well :S
Tell her to **** off. My cousen seems to be having this same problem with his mother. Ive told her to **** off but he wont. And she dosent listen to me.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#13
danny said:
Tell her to * off. My cousen seems to be having this same problem with his mother. Ive told her to * off but he wont. And she dosent listen to me.
It would probably be more prudent to get your Mother on your side rather than push her away. If you're under 18 and living with her, she signs the parental consent form. No form, no join.

There is a booklet available from your AFCO called Thinking About Their Future it's very useful & answers a lot of doubts & worries that parents may understandably have. Any parent is encouraged to either ring your Careers Adviser or visit the AFCO to discuss any reservations they may have. When you're in training you need your parents moral support or you will find it extremely difficult to adjust - don't leave them out in the cold- involve them & they will be the proudest parent on the planet when they see you at your passing out parade at Raleigh.

Edited to add link.
 
#14
hmm 10 months seems a long time....im gona apply nxt wednesday

Im not pushing her away its just shes worried bout after 4 what im gona do..she dont want me getin plastered every night and like if young ones are watched....stupid questions she wants to know....

I cant wait till i get in....if i do haha but i think itll be a good experience
 

scabz

Lantern Swinger
#15
Join up as a seaman submariner (I'll give you a bounty card and claim my grand), it'll also give you a £5k bonus IIRC straight off. Waiting list is shorter, job is interesting, plus submarine pay. You'll be looked after by the submarine world and your mum need not worry.
 

Topaz

Lantern Swinger
#16
Well im joining at 16... will be 17 by the time I get in.
When I first went to afco last June when I finaly turned 15 and 9months...
This woman pushed me away saying as a girl i should join at 16.
I was not impressed and so my dad made me live out the rest of my days in college untill around 17.

SolmaN: as for the young ones being watched, you cant wipe your arse without your mums signature!
 

Topaz

Lantern Swinger
#18
Lol... im not saying they are.
And I didnt literaly mean someone would wipe your arse obv! But no doubt it could be arranged.
 
#20
Hi,

I joined HMS Raleigh at 16 years old in April 07. In my opinion the age doesn't normally restrict you in many ways. However, i've been in 8 months and i'm on my second ship already, this being due to my age as i was not allowed to go to Western Africa as an U-18. I've found you get treated equally like you should expect anyway. However, the bed checks are a pain and the time restrictions regarding leave etc. But it's only as the Navy has a duty of care to give your parents the piece of mind that you are in safe hands, hehe.

As far as the waiting is concerned it varys depending on your branch decision. It took me about 10 months to go through the application process to eventually join HMS Raleigh. It's worth the wait nonetheless if that is what you want to do, i'm sure you will keep yourself busy, preparing for Raleigh etc.

Cheers,

Joe.G =)
 
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