Newbies question STC

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  1. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    I thought I'd put this newbies question in here as the newbies section is full of inane shite like "how do I join the Navy".

    As an "old and bold" and "when I where a young thruster" type member of RR I got thinking after a few bottles of the good stuff.

    The Navy has a fair few "sideways" entry branches, often they are career choices that are quite frankly "Glamorous" occupations. during my time in the Corps I stumbled upon a few, the Corps used to have a few "Grooms" not of the sexual predator type (well, not as an SQ) but for the Geegee's, they'd look after the Corps vast equestrian stables. Quite how 4 blokes hiding out at Norton Manor could justify their existence when the only bloke with a horse was the adjutant down at CTC filled me with awe. Likewise I've met people with stripes on their arms who are "Queens Corporal" or "Queens Sargent" who've never been near a JCC or a SCC, but they exist.

    You cannot join the Marines or the Navy to be a Military policeman, likewise you cannot have a direct entry to be a member of the STC. To be a Military Policeman I suppose the branch you initially join isn't overly important, as long as you show integrity and a lack of friends your looking good for a sideways move.

    Now, security issues aware, what is a good "feeder" branch for the STC?

    Bootneck because he's hard, dumb and fearless?

    Stoker because he's hot, dumb and fearless?

    Wafu because he can adapt his body clock to sleep at any time?

    Submariner because he doesn't use soap?

    What is best, what do the recruiters look for and what branches are pushed by them as "feeders" to the STC ?
  2. Steward, used to the rigourous demands of their bosses, they'd be more than ready to carry out Mission Impossibles.

    Writers could be useful in the new SF White Collar Warfare doctrine role, where enemy accounts are hacked and emptied in the blink of an eye. When the enemy opens their online account a 'Closed for Stock control' sign pops up.
  3. The Diver Branch already supplies the lion's share of personnel for the STC, especially those who've qualified on the AACC and have previous experience operating with SF. While we're on the subject, I know it's forbidden to confirm or deny the presence of STC in Afghanistan but those in the know will appreciate the tragic sense of the following statement issued by HQ STC yesterday:

  4. WB, according to Monty there is direct entry to STC (unless things have changed recently). Few people have taken this up with their AFCO, which is a pity.

    Unfortunately there is some confusion amongst the AFCOs on how to handle the applicant's interest, especially as these days they have no facilities for the breath-hold element of pre-selection. One would have thought a wheelie bin full of iced water wouldn't be that difficult to get hold of :roll:
  5. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    That's such sad news NG, Todgers Bun would have been resplendent with iced cream and a cherry with the time he'd been in the branch. Such a sad loss.
  6. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Good point JJ, I'd heard this as well. Unfortunately it seems to have slipped under the radar at most AFCO's. Hopefully like most new initiatives after an initial "bed down" period it will become a bit more main stream.
  7. Another better man than me, 'Gone to his Maker'
    Awful news, the room seems to have come over all dusty.

    Are not the following lines inscribed on the STC memorial at Plymouth Hoe?

    "In the navy
    Yes, you can sail the seven seas
    In the navy
    Yes, you can put your mind at ease
    In the navy
    Come on now, people, make a stand
    In the navy, in the navy
    Can't you see we need a hand
    In the navy
    Come on, protect the motherland
    In the navy
    Come on and join your fellow man
    In the navy"

    Stirring words indeed.
  8. The RAF would have a distinct advantage with 'sideways entry' but it has never capitalised on it except in abbreviated form.
  9. Excellent :D :laughing3:
  10. Just popped away to search the archives of the 'Daily New Zealander' a highly respected broadsheet here and found this rather cryptic piece from last year. :cry:
  11. Thanks for the link to your C: drive mucker! I just need you subnet mask, and IP and I can finally off load all this animal porn on to your system for safe keeping. 8O :D
  12. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Is it a secret or are your legendary ' puter skills in need of honing?
  13. Feck me and the Mess Webleys at the Armourers for it's annual refurb!
    Doomed to a lifetime of Kiddie Porn Investigations and Animal Farm downloads!
  14. On the last 42 I served on we had STC's on for Ex Flying FIsh in the Far East. There were a mixture of former branches, some S & S branch, OM's and Stokers. This was before direct entry though.
  15. Although there are a diverse set of backgrounds, the majority of STCs are RM, Diver and AC.

    The 5 that passed the recent selection process were 2 RM, 1 CD a WS and a Llogs.

    A certain background helps, but the main factor is physical and mental endurance combined with spatial awareness and the willingness to drink piss fresh from source through a catheter or the enjoyment of naked windmilling.

    Only three direct entries have made it out into the squadrons so far. It seems few have the will or the ability to make it.
  16. Tragic indeed, the cnut still owes me a tenner.

    Seriously though, RIP shippers, as many a QM has piped in the past: ''Stand down Larne Target Pilot, return and stow targets to the quarterdeck and return GPMGs and pistols to the armoury.''
  17. I must assume the Logs person was Welsh, ie Llogs!! :lol:

    However, serious head on now, I feel there is too much exposure of this branch in open fora at the moment, maybe we should just ease to five and maintain the mystique? :roll:
  18. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    One can only solemnly agree.

    It always brings a tear to my eye when I hear that poignant verse.
  19. The exposure is good, as I said earlier, we have very few people applying for direct entry so if these threads get one asking questions at the AFCO, it will all be worth it.
  20. I hear what you say Monty, but with SO many of the good old branches now being Direct Entry, rather than Sideways, where one had to prove oneself, both by being competent in the source branch and the RN in general prior to converting. Possibly the AFCOs are just being a bit cagey, due to the huge training commitment and expense involved for that particular job - from a Direct Entry who was a civvy just days ago and knows nothing of the task required of him. (Not being sexist - I don't think they allow females yet, but stand to be corrected. They didn't in my day.....) :lol:

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