Officer Uniform

#25
dunkers said:
simonjgriffithshr said:
JeffB said:
the kit will be waiting for you in your accommodation on arrival.
It's not quite that good, although it is only Fisher Hall you have to lug it to your cabins from.
How many cadets are there to a cabin, when you first join BRNC? Out of interest.
Depends on your division, and there's been a lot of re-organisation since I was there, but we had everything from messdecks of about 20 through cabins of six down to singlies. I was in a cabin of three.

I understand that the messdecks are closed now but silverfox is more up to date.
 

silverfox

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#26
There is one messdeck still open (The Zoo for those who remember) which takes about 24 people - which is pretty much the whole male new entry for one Squadron. The other Squadron NE go into smaller messes as described by Karma. The 2 Squadrons rotate the use of the Zoo although as CSO I always liked to have it for my NE as it helped team spirit and , more importantly, the Cunningham Squadron Chief has his office next door!!

After the first 7 weeks you will move into 4 man cabin prior to Initial Sea Training - when you return from that and become a Senior you will have a cabin to yourself.
 
#27
silverfox said:
There is one messdeck still open (The Zoo for those who remember) which takes about 24 people - which is pretty much the whole male new entry for one Squadron. The other Squadron NE go into smaller messes as described by Karma. The 2 Squadrons rotate the use of the Zoo although as CSO I always liked to have it for my NE as it helped team spirit and , more importantly, the Cunningham Squadron Chief has his office next door!!

After the first 7 weeks you will move into 4 man cabin prior to Initial Sea Training - when you return from that and become a Senior you will have a cabin to yourself.
How things have changed, I spent one term in an 8 berth cabin, and one in the messdeck, about 100 of us in rather rickety steel bunks.

When I went back for my S Lts year though we had very nice single cabins, mine had alovely view over the parade ground and Dartmouth and Kingswear.
 
#28
You have still got to remember that we dont give Mid's or "SLUT" swords if they are sharp as they have a tendancy to cut themselves :wink:

You will need to wait to get your 2nd strip and even then only under supervision do you get to play with a sword :lol:
 

TF110

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#29
Swords cost around £700 from Imperial Sword - nice if someone wants to buy you a graduating present, otherwise an expensive toy.
Don't buy any kit yet, let them issue it to you and then see where you end up.
 

silverfox

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#30
Or you can be really really good and keen and win one as a prize.....

Seriously - you will be issued one at BRNC during your Senior Phases which is the only time you carry one on parade whilst at the College. Once you leave BRNC you will only need one for weddings or the occasional ceremonial parade and every Base has plenty to sign out.

Put it this way - I have managed 25 years without buying one.....
 
#31
Admittedly, as soon as I asked the nick names for Officer's I knew I'd opened a whole can of hell!

I've been to the Zoo, although I was in a 7 Berth Cabin, which was not too bad. Apparently there has been some rebuilding and refitting work so by September/October, when I hopefully get in, all should comfortable (would use the word modern, but that would be wishful thinking!)

So no need to get a sword, is very good to hear, might be able to "acquire" my uncle's sword...

Thanks for the (rather tongue-in-cheek) help!
 
#32
P-O

They used to be called Pigs or Grunter's and they lived in the bunhouse. a very very few received the highest accolade and were referred to on the Lower Deck as "Gentlemen". Jack would move heaven and earth and even give up a Make and Mend if requested to by a "Gentleman"

Nutty
 

Seaweed

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#33
Serious advice: If (you haven't said) you are still 18 or so don't forget when you fill in a self-measurement form that you are going to grow (1) in the neck size (2) later on, amidships. The second point is important when being measured for things that are going to last for a long time like mess kit or greatcoat. Be generous in the chest measurement for your reefer too.
 
#34
P-O,
The only bit of kit I bought at Dartmouth was a Gieves cap - £110, but well worth it - it's far smarter than the Pussers issue and a damn sight more comfortable! Also, the cloth covers mean that your head doesn't get so hot when you're out in the Gulf/WIndies!
If you are so intent on buying a sword once you leave Dartmouth (I wouldn't bother beforeahand) look on Ebay - some of them are a bit dodgy, but there are some really good quality ones for less thean half the price of an Imperial Sword!!
PF
 
#36
PO if my grandson had been successful in being accepted at Drtmouth I would be proud to have the opportunity to buy his sword once he had passed out. Only got about another 11 years to wait.
Perhaps a hint to your grandad may help.
 
#37
Potential_Officer said:
...I had been under the impression that some kit had to be bought...
You'll need some plain clothes, your own running shoes (recent experience confirmation please) and some personal sports kit. But that'll be on the joining instructions.

Collar studs caught me out.

But the same as Pinkyfaggot I'd recommend a G&H cap, although you may not be able to wear it in the first term, we had to use the pussers ones.
 

McHammock

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#38
[quote="Karma
Collar studs caught me out.

But the same as Pinkyfaggot I'd recommend a G&H cap, although you may not be able to wear it in the first term, we had to use the pussers ones.[/quote]

The old collar detached shirts have been discontinued for ages now (thank god - no more thacheotomy type marks on the old voicebox), so shirtstuds should be nlr.

Also recommend the Theives cap (although vastly overpriced).
 
#40
I have heard an unsubstantiated rumour that Theives don't even stock caps in their Portsmouth shop any more, (preferring to specialise in Chav chic seemingly). So unless you want to wear a Pusser's Milkman's cap then Garry Beverley looks the best option.
 

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