PRNC 15TH JUNE HMS COLLINGWOOD

Pats Nation

Midshipman
It’s just an extra 4 days of A/L I don’t have to try and take haha! They probably won’t bring them back for a few months yet but who knows!
 

CJC03

Newbie
We all managed!
As stated, personal opinion.
And most of us on here joined straight from school, so how did we cope??
I think it's a waste of money too, personally.
Yeah I’m slightly nervous about Raleigh as I feel like I could be the youngest there. My start date at Raleigh is just 2 days after my 17th birthday and I was wondering if it is common these days for people to join straight from schooI (I applied just after finishing year 11 but have had to do a year at college due to the recruiting process taking so long)
 

Chris P

Lantern Swinger
Yeah I’m slightly nervous about Raleigh as I feel like I could be the youngest there. My start date at Raleigh is just 2 days after my 17th birthday and I was wondering if it is common these days for people to join straight from schooI (I applied just after finishing year 11 but have had to do a year at college due to the recruiting process taking so long)
Don't panic about being the youngest there, most people will be nervous starting something for the first time whether it's a new job or anything else if you haven't had any prior experience, look forward to it as a great new experience and enjoy the moment, you won't get that one again. I was 20 days after my 16th when I went to RAL so really no big deal - eyes open wide and do your best..
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Yeah I’m slightly nervous about Raleigh as I feel like I could be the youngest there. My start date at Raleigh is just 2 days after my 17th birthday and I was wondering if it is common these days for people to join straight from schooI (I applied just after finishing year 11 but have had to do a year at college due to the recruiting process taking so long)
I was 16 and 3 months old, and I loved it!
I didn't know anything different really. All I ever knew about was school (when I could be arsed to go) and my job on the market. Apart from that, I just thought it was a big club without mommy and daddy.
 

Dusty70

War Hero
I was 16 and 3 months old, and I loved it!
I didn't know anything different really. All I ever knew about was school (when I could be arsed to go) and my job on the market. Apart from that, I just thought it was a big club without mommy and daddy.
Amateurs......... I was 15 and 9 months when I joined at Raleigh

I am sure some ex- Ganges scuttlers will be on soon to say they were born there......................!!!
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Amateurs......... I was 15 and 9 months when I joined at Raleigh

I am sure some ex- Ganges scuttlers will be on soon to say they were born there......................!!!
Nah, I was 16 yrs and 10 months when I fell off the bus and through Ganges gate :)
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I think you escaped Ganges if you were over sixteen and a quarter on joining. I was advised to wait a couple of months, which I did so joined straight to Mercury. Still a JRO with cinderella leave etc. but treated more like an adult.
 

Stirlin

War Hero
I think you escaped Ganges if you were over sixteen and a quarter on joining. I was advised to wait a couple of months, which I did so joined straight to Mercury. Still a JRO with cinderella leave etc. but treated more like an adult.
6 months out mate , the cut off was 15 and 9 months , I '' missed '' Ganges by 9 days.
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Back last year sometime they trialed not having PRNC . I'm only guessing but I imagine Raleigh give you your boots at the start of your course.
Boots issue is a thing.
As I understand it successful candidates at PRNC get their boots so that they can be worn in, to a degree. This is not for the sake of the boot, but for the feet of the candidate.

So many kids these days have never worn anything on their feet other than "trainers" that, when suddenly faces with Boot, RN, of any description, said feet get blisters and peeling skin at first contact.

Having boots to wear for a few weeks before entry thus starts (emphasis on starts) the feet to harden and get used to proper footwear. This period of acclimatisation then makes life easier for all concerned in the earlier part of the Raleigh course.

Again, all down to dropping standards in schools, I guess. Former generations had to wear leather shoes in school.
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
I have not seen or heard any specifics but as they have backtracked to holding the PRNCs again my guess is that it was not a successful experiment. Others may be able to supply more detail.
I'm just being inquisitive.
I'm a sprog to most, maybe all, on this website. I joined in '96.All I remember is getting a letter telling me to get to Raleigh on such and such day.
When in the new entry block, I was given two pairs of boots. A and B boots. A pair for parade and a pair for phys. Also, a shitload of kit to fit into a 3 ft locker.
 

crash_evans

War Hero
Bit of advice, train as if you are going to PRNC. If it doesn’t happen, ideal. You rock up to RAL super fit.

Plan for worst case, hope for the best.

If you don’t receive any comms prior to your RAL start date, give your AFCO a call periodically for a virtual cuddle and SITREP.

As has been said by many (including the sprog [mention]Alfacharlie [/mention] ) we all joined with no preemptive phys or kit. Often making for some cracking accordion style marching in New Entry. I did all right (sort of).

Maintain your enthusiasm, focus and passion and you will do ok.


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