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Preparation advice.

NavyNovice25

Midshipman
Hi,

I would like to begin preparing for my inception into the RN I have several months however I'm not sure where to start. I spoke to a cool chap from the recruitment office, Chris 22yrs as CIS.

I suggested: map reading since navigation is imperative, running in boots to familiarise myself with that type of terrain, carrying a piece of paracord around to manipulate; there is something like 50+ knots one can utilise, medic life-hacks for example sugar placed on a small laceration helps remove moisture and accelerate the healing process because its hygroscopic, learning the dismantling and reassembling of SA80.

I would love sources to material so I can read about the command structure, rules of engagement, conflict resolution models if they exist, historic battles with heroic sailors so I can learn their humility.

P.s.
This is genuine but in case you do perceive this as insanity, I'd rather you interpret it as misguided enthusiasm.

Cheers.

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WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
You'll get taught all you need to know at Raleigh, it will be of more benefit practicing running, swimming and ironing.
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
Get your fitness sorted if you are in any doubt about it.
The fitness tests are best effort tests so you need be under the published times.

The fitter you are the easier you will find training.

Some of your suggestions will be harder than others unless you can get your hands on an SA80.
Map and compass work will come in handy as too many people now rely on their phones.

Make sure you are confident in water and can swim the required distance and tread water.

Other things will be taught to you but if you know how to wash and iron that will put you in good stead with whoever normally does it in your house as you practise that.

Most of all your fitness and using your ears and mouth in the correct proportion.

Edit to add. Beaten by WreckerL
 

Waspie

War Hero
So Mr Seriously keen as mustard, nothing wrong with keen by the way. But how's about as Wrecker suggests, let the training staff teach you what you need to know. One thing I have learned is don't look too deeply at a chosen subject as 90% will be irrelevant.
Are you joining as a rating or an officer?
Because ROE knowledge will come with the necessary training/warfare courses etc.
Don't make the mistake of running before one can walk!
As for knots - the only two I have ever used are the life saving bowline and a round turn and two half hitches!!!!! (OK Ok plus a granny knot!!! (In fairness I was a Wafu).
And please - use the search function on the top right of the home page. It saves us oldies getting frustrated!!!
 

NavyNovice25

Midshipman
You'll get taught all you need to know at Raleigh, it will be of more benefit practicing running, swimming and ironing.
You sound like the officers from recruitment.

Everyone keeps saying "you'll learn that there", I could partition my time with exercise and educational resources which would be more efficient use of time than to remain in a constant state inertia.




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Waspie

War Hero
You sound like the officers from recruitment.

Everyone keeps saying "you'll learn that there", I could partition my time with exercise and educational resources which would be more efficient use of time than to remain in a constant state inertia.




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Sounds like you know best.
Good luck.
 

NavyNovice25

Midshipman
Get your fitness sorted if you are in any doubt about it.
The fitness tests are best effort tests so you need be under the published times.

The fitter you are the easier you will find training.

Some of your suggestions will be harder than others unless you can get your hands on an SA80.
Map and compass work will come in handy as too many people now rely on their phones.

Make sure you are confident in water and can swim the required distance and tread water.

Other things will be taught to you but if you know how to wash and iron that will put you in good stead with whoever normally does it in your house as you practise that.

Most of all your fitness and using your ears and mouth in the correct proportion.

Edit to add. Beaten by WreckerL
Can't you just recite from memory how to dismantle an SA80 instead of relying on a replica. Already seen one demonstration and I could easily replicate it.

Thanks for emphasising the swimming aspect. Do those overalls make much of a difference in water?.

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Paulajayne

Midshipman
You sound like the officers from recruitment.

Everyone keeps saying "you'll learn that there", I could partition my time with exercise and educational resources which would be more efficient use of time than to remain in a constant state inertia.
Fitness, Celestial navigation (sextant use), Bone up on time dilation theory to fully understand the GPS systems, Ironing and swimming.
 

soleil

War Hero
Registered by interest, waiting to schedule a RT date.

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Try some of the sample questions, see how you get on.


Which role appeals to you in particular?
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
Celestial navigation (sextant use), Bone up on time dilation theory to fully understand the GPS systems,.

This seems just a little too much of a specialist subject unless you are going to be a warfare officer driving a ship and doing the nav type stuff.
I know it is still taught but not everyone needs or is even taught it.
 

NavyNovice25

Midshipman
Try some of the sample questions, see how you get on.


Which role appeals to you in particular?
CIS, CT & WS. Mainly CIS I'm biased because I think they're crucial to the continuity of the ship and safeguarding the ships company from electronic warfare.

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NavyNovice25

Midshipman
Try some of the sample questions, see how you get on.


Which role appeals to you in particular?
I bought the Richard Mcmunn book. Attend the gym + pool 3x a week.

My personal circumstances put me in good stead to signing up. No financial dependencies, no family distractions & everyday is an adventure mentality.

As long as I've got a builders brew and a book I'm happy.

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SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
....... there is something like 50+ knots one can utilise........

If you can learn the basic dozen or so knots WELL, these will be very handy in your future day to day life and make you everyone's friend when you go on Leadership courses! You could also teach yourself to splice, especially an eye splice in 3 cord rope - again, can be handy as an every-day skill too.

Reef knot, Clove Hitch, Anchor Bend, Round Turn and Two Half hitches, Bowline, Figure 8 knot and if you feel up to it a Monkey's Fist just for fun!
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
With the SA80 it is easier with one to hand rather than relying on memory. If you forget one step it will be wrong and you won't have a physical bit to remind you that it is wrong.

I have seen someone re-assemble his SA80 without the cocking handle because he moved and was sat on it. As it wasn't with the other bits he forgot about it until he had to do the functional test.
 

crash_evans

War Hero
Dude,
Chill. Out.

This has certainly made me smile on a dreary Saturday morning. The potential for others on here ‘going to town’ on you is insane.

My advice, in tandem with the other advice I gave you on another thread - do you research on here using the search box. You have registered your interest, you first hurdle is the RT. Get that sorted first as your branch preference is relative to your RT score. As many above have said, get the small things cracked (swimming, fitness and folding kit to A4). Leave the conflict resolution models, SA80 stripping and Bear Grylls stuff until you need it (most of it you won’t).

As a CIS, you certainly won’t be saving the world from electromagnetic disaster. More like unlocking someone from their computer account.

If you are well in to ROE google JSP 398. It’s a hell of a read and you can then spin crazy dits with your mates down the pub.

Have a good weekend.


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