Only do 2 1/2 Years on a Boat?

#1
I heard from someone the other day that Submariners only do 2 1/2 years on a boat, then they get put on the surface. I don't know whether to take this as truth or as a fabrication. So my questions are this:

1/ After Two and a half years, do Submariners get sent to the surface

2/ If yes, then for how long?
 
#6
Used to be, after five years in boats (I think) you could voluntary return to GS, but never knew anyone who did. Only way back to GS would be to get kicked out of boats. Perhaps the two and half years refers to time on one boat, but again, I've know folks spend longer than that on same boat.
 
#7
I think the only way out of boats really is medical. Although to be honest some branches at the moment its very hard to volunteer for boats as well.
 
#8
You may be getting confused with Logistics Officers. The only LO's onboard are Lt's, so they (normally) do one submarine draft and then go GS, otherwise they'd never get to Lt Cdr or above. I believe the 5 year rule is still in force i.e. have to do 5 yrs SM service before you're eligible to be considered for the surface world for all other branches.
 

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#9
Wrecker, we had one on a frigate and as you say no more promotion on a boat but he kept his "scally" pay. A greengrocer in them there days.
 
#10
Would it be wise to go back to skimmers ?, stoker on the Forth had the shit ripped out of him at every opportunity by spare crew after he ditched boats.
 
#12
Would it be wise to go back to skimmers ?, stoker on the Forth had the shit ripped out of him at every opportunity by spare crew after he ditched boats.
Loggie officers don't have a choice. One of the best LO's I've served with went back to carry on his career progression, unfortunately this was 1982 and he never came back from down south.

RIP Lt Cdr Banfield RN.
 
#16
I think he means they were giving grief for selling his soul and returning to the dark side as a non-handler (in a bantering type way)
True, not just spare crew, the boats alongside lived in Terror but duty men and blokes doing essential maintenance outside trop routine were victualled on Forth. And I did'nt say it was me Poly.
 
#17
I heard from someone the other day that Submariners only do 2 1/2 years on a boat, then they get put on the surface. I don't know whether to take this as truth or as a fabrication. So my questions are this:

1/ After Two and a half years, do Submariners get sent to the surface

2/ If yes, then for how long?
1. Not a chance
2. I know people that have been on the same boat for 7/8/9/10 years
 
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