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  1. Hey all, my name is Lee.

    I have been interested in the RN all of my life, as my Great Grandad was in it, and he told me some wonderous stories. I always thought that this was the life for me. But I had a problem, when I was born, I was born with a heart condition. This was a heart Murmer. I was always told that I could never join any of the forces.

    I was gutted. Anyways, I came to the ripe old age of 16, had completed my GCSE's and completely dismissed the RN as a career Choice. I continued on with my education, and started my A levels. I hated every second of it. I just couldn't be bothered, and never tried. Ended up failing my A levels. After this, I had my annual check up at the doctors, and they were amazed. I was sent of for heart scans and the sorts. In 6 month's the heart murmer had disapeared. If they didn't know better, they would of said that I never had one. Was amazing, thats when I started thinking about the RN. I finally got my head round applying in july, and applied. Had all of my test's, rinsed my aptitude test. Enjoyed my interview. Came to my running test. I hadn't done any sports since school. This was about 8 months. Morning came of the running test, and silly me didn't eat. Or drink for that matter. Was stupid I know, and I pay for it every day of my life, so please dont berate me about it. I failed. I was made to stop, because I started retching, and the guy wouldn't let me continue. I was devasted. I thought that I had blown the best opportunity of my life. 2 Days later, I had a ring from my AFCO, and he said that I had another chance. I wasn't making the same mistake again. So I ran, ran and ran some more. I wasn't failing this one. I went to the gym twice a day, just to run. Ran around the house, trying to get fit. Came to the day, and I annihalted(sp?) it. 9:46. Felt amazing, I came off, and felt like I could do that again, and again, all day! So yea..im getting of track now...

    Anyways, I app'ed for a CIS Specialist, onboard a Sub. I cant wait. Anyways, Christmas eve, and I get a letter through the post. Saying about measuring myself up, and that my provisional date for going in is 10th of february. GET IN!, was awesome. Had to get some pictures take, Kinda look like a mug.

    Didn't plan on this being this long, but meh, gives you all something to read, on this random day between christmas day, and new years eve, that noone knows what todo on.

    I have my prejoining briefing on the 3rd of january. Gonna be good, im soo excited..

    Anyways, what led me hear, google pretty much. I was looking for a forum, where I could discuss general navy life. Also to look for other people that are going in on the same day, gives me people to chat to on the train down. Im a nice friendly guy, likes making friends.

    That sums me up pretty much.

    Hey all.
     
  2. Welcome Lee....good luck in your RN career. :thumright:
     
  3. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Lee

    Welcome to Rum Ration (or Navy Net, as it seems to be called now)!

    Congratulations on your progress so far; you seem to have the right sort of attitude for the RN - despite wanting to be a Crabmariner :pukel: - and it is great to see someone displaying such enthusiasm.

    Please keep us updated on your progress; if there is anything you need to know you can guarantee that someone here will know the answer or has asked the question before. The 'search' facility in the Forums will reveal a plethora of relevant information. Additionally our resident recruiting guru, Ninja_Stoker, will give you the genuine and most-up-to-date joining advice (see also the links in his signature or the sticky threads in the Newbies forum).

    As Rum Ration is an unofficial Royal Navy website you will often get unofficial advice from various members, some serving, ex-serving and never-have served. But most of it is given in good faith; it will soon become apparent to you that humour is the most valuable commodity in your Naval career, and some of the comments here will reflect that. A matelot's bark is usually worse than his bite, but he usually speaks with wise tongue... :wink:

    So pull up a bollard, grab a tin and spin some dits. The more you put in to the site the more you will get out of it, and you will have the added advantage over your fellow future recruits who will have never heard of Rum Ration, let alone visited here!

    Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

    :thumbright:
     
  4. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Stirling: Congrats on your 1001st post! :money:
     
  5. ,,cheers Sarge :eek:ccasion5: :eek:ccasion5:
     
  6. Thanks for all of the nice and friendly replies. SGT, I shall try and keep you all updated regarding my progress.
     
  7. Aww that was a well cute story!
    I know what you mean about failing your alevels cos you wana join the RN but cant... im going through that now and yeah im failing! Woooo

    Good luck anyway dude youve got so far now! :D
     
  8. Lee good luck for the future. Topaz im not in the navy but dont think of other things, think of your studying. Better grades means you can go in as a officer.
     
  9. Thanks but i wouldnt want to go in as an officer as it is :|
    I dont have the guts! lol
    And as my uncle says "im not stuck up my own arse"
     
  10. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Topaz, .....ever sucked cock?
     
  11. Woah that was harsh
    Whys every1 givin me crap in here lol
     
  12. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Wake you up a bit perhaps? Everyone wants you to be successful. Switch on, you want to be a leader of men..... Act like it.
     
  13. Hmm okay lol.
    I am switched on.. ocasionaly
     
  14. LMAO have you?
     
  15. You don't have to be stuck up your own arse to be an Officer - this is the RN we're talking about not the [email protected]
    Why don't you focus on getting yourself some decent A Levels - you need to think about the future, past the RN, other prospective employers for example - what will you do when you leave and don't have A Levels and haven't done an OU degree or the such? What if you don't get in? You need a degree for most decent jobs nowdays, A Levels as an absolute bare minium.

    Why don't you give officer a crack and leave it up to AIB to tell you whether you are suitable or not rather than just giving up because you don't like something.
     
  16. Nice post Lee, I hope all goes well for you, and with that attitude, it should.


    Hey Topaz, is that you in your avatar? :mrgreen:
     
  17. I assume that it is taught at BRNC then! :pig:

    BTW Lee, It may be worth asking if your now absent heart murmer will be classed as a pre-existing medical condition which could preclude your entry. Don't want to piss on your bonfire, but it's a possibility you might do best to consider before you arrive at Raleigh.
     
  18. I'm glad you didn't run my Junior or Senior Command Course! :dwarf:
     
  19. Yeah okay so im not completely screwing up my alevels but im not taking them seriously as staying in college is something i dont want to do. Im not being stubborn about it its just got to the point where it depresses me.

    If your an officer youve gotta have balls, of which i dont! Trust me lol!

    And Winsk yeah its my in my avatar
     
  20. Your choice Topaz.........but once you are in the mob there are plenty of opportunities to study to degree level, as you get older you may wish to take up the academic training the RN offers.
     

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