Rating Interview Revision

Here is some information I have gathered for my interview for a Seaman Specialist, I thought it may be useful to others.

I know some of this stuff is repeated in other posts but its what i have gatherd as a whole and will study over next 2 weeks for my interview. This may be usefull for others so they can extract information from it if needed.

Seaman Specialist Role
• Upper deck safety and operations
• Replenishment at sea
• Basic knots
• Bends & hitches
• How to recognise and wear safety and survival equipment
• Berthing and anchoring the ship
• Protecting the ship from sabotage
• Steering the ship
• Operate as lookout
• Monitor ship routines
• Communicate with other ships
• Operate close range weapons

Excellent promotion opportunities available, with more training and experience there is potential to be rate of Leading Hand, then Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer and, ultimately, Warrant Officer 1.
To qualify you have to be selected at a promotion board. The promotion is based on merit.

If you have the aptitude and academic ability, there are also opportunities to become a Commissioned Officer.


Pay review each year.
On Entry: 12, 572. After 26 weeks training or completion of phase 2 training (whichever is sooner) increasing to 15, 677

You can earn extra pay for special skills and daily allowances for being away at sea after a certain period of time, also offer a good pension scheme, six weeks' holiday a year on full pay, and excellent free medical and dental care.


Six weeks paid leave a year, plus public holidays


What is the work like?

The Royal Navy exists to maintain the security of the UK and its citizens. It also helps to create a peaceful environment in which the UK's foreign policy and trade can develop. Its functions include:

• helping to police the world's oceans to prevent international smuggling, illegal trade, terrorism and pollution
• helping to deliver humanitarian relief when natural or manmade disasters happen around the world
• protecting the UK's ports and merchant ships
• monitoring the weather and ocean conditions, and surveying coastlines and ocean beds
• Promoting international goodwill by co-operating with Armed Forces of other governments.

Royal Navy ratings operate technology, carry out repairs and put operations into practice. They work on ships or submarines, or at Royal Navy bases in a variety of roles. Specialist branches include:

Warfare branch - operates and maintains a ship's weapons, electronic systems and sensors. Ratings also co-ordinate the ship's communications systems and undertake a range of seamanship tasks. Trades include communications technicians, warfare specialists, hydrographic, meteorological and oceanographic specialists, communications and information systems specialists, seaman specialists and mine clearance divers.

Engineering branch - operates, maintains and refits the Royal Navy's ships, submarines and aircraft. Trades include engineering technicians who specialise in either weapons or marine work.

Logistics branch - responsible for running a range of office, accounting, stores and catering systems. Trades include chefs, stewards and stores' accountants.

Medical branch - provides a comprehensive healthcare service for Royal Navy personnel and their families. Trades include medical assistants, dental hygienists, dental surgery assistants and Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS) staff nurses.

Fleet air arm - ensures that Navy aircraft are prepared for action, and uses meteorology and oceanography skills to provide the ship with important information. Trades include naval airmen (specialising in either aircraft handling or survival equipment), and air engineering technicians (specialising in either mechanical or avionics technology).

Submarine service submariners - part of a team responsible for the operation and maintenance of the submarine's weapons, electronic systems and sensors. They also operate telecommunications systems and undertake other seamanship tasks on board the submarine. Trades include warfare specialists, marine and weapon engineering technicians, medical assistants and chefs and stewards.

Ratings may work at sea on board a ship or submarine, or at an onshore base. Living quarters on ships and submarines are normally quite basic. Men and women are accommodated in separate areas. While serving at sea, ratings may be separated from their families for several months at a time.

Skills and personal qualities

A Royal Navy rating should:

work well as part of a team, and be able to live and work closely with other people

have self-discipline and the ability to react quickly under pressure

have a good level of physical fitness, and be able to swim and tread water
be able to follow orders

be decisive and ready for responsibility

have practical skills and good co-ordination

have good communication skills, common sense and the ability to stay calm

be methodical and have a good memory

be prepared for combat and to work anywhere in the world

be prepared to be separated from family for long periods of time.


It is important to:

enjoy being active
enjoy the Armed Forces' lifestyle
be interested in a particular trade.

There are around 28,000 Royal Navy ratings. About 4,500 are recruited each year. All jobs are open to men and women, except mine clearance diving and working on submarines, which are open to men only.

Ratings then take specialist training for their chosen trade, which often includes short periods at sea. Some trade training involves working for nationally-recognised qualifications, including BTEC awards, NVQs/SVQs and City & Guilds certificates. The amount of time before a trainee is drafted to a ship varies between trades.

Ratings may be encouraged to take other advanced qualifications as their careers progress.



Air Craft Carriers (Invincible, Illustrious, Ark Royal)

Since the end of the Cold War, the role of the Invincible Class aircraft carriers (CVS) has evolved from one of sea control to maritime force projection. In order to meet the needs of this shift in role, the CVS fleet has undergone a series of modifications and now embarks a Tailored Air Group (TAG). The TAG principle achieves total flexibility and mission focus, the fixed wing element borne from an amalgamated force - known as Joint Force Harrier (JFH) - consisting of aircraft from both Royal Navy FA2 (until OSD 2006) and Royal Air Force GR7/7A Harrier squadrons.

The primary mission for the CVS is to deploy JFH and Fleet aircraft in pursuit of national objectives. This mission can be broken down into 5 key roles:

1. Maritime Strike (MarStrike)
The primary role for the CVS concerns the conduct of air operations against land targets, while minimising the dependence on host nation support. Missions would include: Air Interdiction (AI) of enemy supply routes and lines of communication; Close Air Support (CAS) of deployed friendly ground forces; Defensive Counter Air (DCA) using the FA2 to repel enemy air attacks; and Offensive Counter Air (OCA) in order to render the enemy's air assets useless..

2. Littoral Manoeuvre (LitM)
Another major role for the CVS concerns the use of support helicopters in aid of amphibious or other air manoeuvre operations - not dissimilar to how HMS Ocean operates as a Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH).
This role is not compatible for a CVS tasked as a MarStrike platform, however, in times of operational need, a strategic decision to re-roll a CVS as a second LPH could be taken.

3. Optimised Access
In order to succeed in either the MarStrike or LitM role, the CVS will need to operate effectively within the littoral environment (defined as coastal sea areas and that portion of the land, which is susceptible to influence or support from the sea). To achieve this, sea lines of communication between support vessels and the battle area/theatre of operation need to be protected at all times. Integrated with other task group units, aircraft, such as the Merlin HM Mk1 and Sea King ASaC Mk7, will be used to achieve the sea control (or freedom of action to use the sea for our own purpose) necessary to assure littoral access.

4. Command and Control (C2)
In circumstances where there is a need to reduce the land footprint of allied forces on allied / hostile territory, the capacity to direct and co-ordinate the battle from onboard the CVS may become a priority.
The flexibility of the CVS in supporting Maritime Component Commanders at sea has already been successfully demonstrated, and work to further refine this capability is currently underway.

5. Other
Additional roles for the CVS include wider Defence Diplomacy, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Evacuation and Peace Support operations. These tasks would be achieved by adapting the CVS and embarked aircraft capabilities to support the required mission.

Type 23 Frigates

Powerful and versatile with the capability to operate anywhere in the world, the type 23 frigate is the mainstay of the modern surface fleet. The 13 Type 23 frigates form 50% of the total frigate/destroyer force in the Royal Navy. Originally designed for the principal task of anti-submarine warfare, they have evolved into powerful and versatile multipurpose ships with the capability to operate anywhere in the world. The effectiveness of these ships is enhanced by their stealth design, which reduces their radar signature significantly. In addition to the war fighting roles described above, the ship is trained to conduct a wide range of other tasks. These include embargo operations using boarding teams inserted from the ship's boats or helicopter, disaster relief work and surveillance operations.

Type 22 Frigates

Originally designed as specialist anti-submarine platform, the Type 22 Frigates have evolved into a powerful surface combatant with substantial anti surface, anti submarine and anti aircraft weapons systems. They also possess excellent command & control and communication facilities, making them ideal Flagships. On patrol they have an efficient cruising speed of 18 knots, but have a sprint capability of over 30 knots.

Type 42 Destroyers

The Type 42 Destroyers form the backbone of the Royal Navy's anti-air capability. They are equipped with the Sea Dart medium range air defence missile system, which in its primary role is designed to provide area air defence to a group of ships, although it is also effective against surface targets at sea. In addition to their role as an air defence platform the Type 42 Destroyers operate independently carrying out patrol and boarding operations, recently enforcing UN embargoes in the Gulf and the Adriatic as well as providing humanitarian assistance in Monserrat and East Timor.

Assault Ships

HMS Ocean

The ship's primary role is to carry an Embarked Military Force (EMF) supported by 12 medium support helicopters, 6 attack helicopters and 4 Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) Mk 5 Landing Craft.

Albion Class

The Albion Class, Landing Platform Dock Ships (LPD's) primary function is to embark, transport, and deploy and recover (by air and sea) troops and their equipment, vehicles and miscellaneous cargo, forming part of an Amphibious Assault Force.

Hydrographic Vessels

Hydrographic and oceanographic surveying is the responsibility of the Royal Navy's Surveying Service. The information from the surveys is used for producing Admiralty charts and nautical publications which have a world-wide sale and are used by ships of many nations.

Antarctic Patrol Ship - HMS Endurance

Her Mission is "To patrol and survey the Antarctic and South Atlantic, maintaining Sovereign Presence with Defence Diplomacy and supporting the global community of Antarctica". This involves close links with the Foreign Office, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and the British Antarctic Survey. She deploys annually to the Antarctic, her operating area for 7 months of the year. Her base port is Portsmouth.

Mine Countermeasures

The task of keeping ports and coastal shipping lanes free from the threat of mining is an essential part of successful maritime operations. For that the Royal Navy has a fleet of mine countermeasures vessels.
Modern mines can be triggered not only by collision but also by the sound of the ship passing through the water or by the magnetic signature of the ship's hull, which means modern mine countermeasures vessels have to be very sophisticated. Every effort is made to reduce the magnetic signatures of the ships, the hulls are made from glass reinforced plastic rather than steel and even the buckets on board have to be made from non-magnetic materials.

Patrol Vessels

River Class: Fishery protection
Hunt Class: Sweeping and hunting for mines
P2000 Class: Are mainly used by the University Royal Naval Units (URNUs), although HMS Dasher and HMS Pursuer are currently on deployment in Cyprus.

Weapon Systems

The ships, aircraft and submarines of the Royal Navy are equipped with a wide variety of weapons that provide the Fleet the ability to combat threats from any possible aggressor. Weapons systems range from the large, long-range nuclear deterrent ballistic missiles carried in the Trident submarines to the small close range systems that protect a ship's immediate vicinity. While individual units are equipped with different weapons systems and have different capabilities, all of the Royal Navy's systems are designed to operate together, providing comprehensive layered defence and potent offensive capability when required.

Future Ships

HMS Daring:

The Type 45 class will be the largest and most powerful air defence destroyers ever operated by the Royal Navy. This will replace the type 42 destroyer in over the next decade.

Principal Anti Air Missile System (PAAMS)

• Operate close inshore and use PAAMS to give air cover to British Forces engaged in the land battle
• Controlling several missiles in the air at any one time
• BAE SYSTEMS SAMPSON Multi-Functional Radar (MFR) (for surveillance and fire control)

Current ships active in Royal navy

91 commissioned ships in the navy, 3 are aircraft carriers, 3 are large amphibious vessels, 25 are major fleet escorts (17 frigates and 8 destroyers) and 13 are nuclear-powered submarines (9 SSN’s and 4 SSBN’s)

Major Surface Aircraft carriers:
Invincible-class Aircraft carriers
Type 42 destroyers
Type 23 frigates
Type 22 frigates

Amphibious Forces:
Landing Platform Helicopter
Albion-class landing platform docks

Mine Warfare Forces:
Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels
Hunt-class mine countermeasures vessels

Patrol Vessels:
Antarctic patrol ship
River-class patrol vessels
Archer or P2000-class fast patrol boats
Scimitar-class fast patrol boats (Gibraltar Squadron)
Archer or P2000-class fast patrol boats (Cyprus Squadron)

Survey Vessels:
Ocean survey vessel
Coastal survey vessels
Echo-class multi-purpose survey vessels

Vanguard-class submarines (SSBNs)
Trafalgar-class submarines (SSNs)
Swiftsure-class submarines (SSNs)

Current deployments

Fleet Ready Escort (FRE)

This is a single warship maintained at high-readiness around the UK on short-notice standby for deployment anywhere in the world. The FRE destroyer has rapidly deployed for counter-narcotics operations as far away as the coast of Spain, embargo operations in the Adriatic Sea and short-duration training in the Caribbean, Africa and the Mediterranean.
Mine Countermeasures Force (MCMFOR) MCMFOR is a standing commitment to NATO to provide a Mine Countermeasures vessel to the Baltic Sea Baltic, Northern Europe and Atlantic areas.

Fishery Protection Squadron

The Fishery Protection Squadron protects both the United Kingdom fishing fleet and the oil and gas fields in the British areas of the North Sea.

Atlantic Patrol Task (North)

This is the United Kingdom's contribution to the North Atlantic and Caribbean areas. It is designed to act as a reassuring presence to British, Commonwealth of Nations Commonwealth and friendly nations in the area, and to protect British interests. In addition, the deployment also plays a major anti-Illegal drug trade drugs role and can provide humanitarian assistance. The Atlantic Patrol Task (North) is normally carried out by a single warship and or Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA vessel during the hurricane season from May to November.
NATO Response Force

The UK normally deploys a Vanguard class submarine SSBN, maintaining the British nuclear deterrent, and provides a single warship to the NATO Response Force (NRF), part of the Standing NRF Maritime Group in the Atlantic and Standing NRF Maritime Group in the Mediterranean.

The NATO Response Force (NRF) is a highly ready and technologically advanced force made up of land, air, sea and Special Forces components that the Alliance can deploy quickly wherever needed.

It is capable of performing missions worldwide across the whole spectrum of operations. These include evacuations, disaster management, counterterrorism, and acting as ‘an initial entry force’ for larger, follow-on forces.

It can number up to 25,000 troops and start to deploy after five days’ notice and sustain itself for operations lasting 30 days or longer if resupplied.

Atlantic Patrol Task (South)

This deployment provides a British presence in the South Atlantic and West Africa and is comprised of single warship accompanied by a Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA vessel. The patrol is tasked with maintaining the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, and supporting the British military of the Falkland Islands forces in the South Atlantic.

Gibraltar Squadron - Currently HMS Scimitar and HMS Sabre

Based in a purpose built headquarters in Gibraltar, the Squadron is operational throughout the year in order to meet its directive from Commander British Forces Gibraltar, with particular regard to the security and integrity of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters ( BGTW). Uniquely for the Royal Navy, the Squadron is permanently assigned to the Operational Command of Commander Joint Operations.

Mission statement: "To contribute to the maritime defence and security of Gibraltar and, where necessary, the prosecution of offensive maritime operations in order to allow BFG to support military ops as directed by HMG."

Cyprus Squadron - Currently HMS Dasher and HMS Pursuer

Based within RAF Akrotiri her role has developed from her initial requirement in 2003. Primarily employed in Force Protection of visiting Ships and BFC designated high value units, she also conducts Internal Security (IS) patrols protecting the Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) large maritime flank and provides directed continuation training to visiting RN units. Support of the SBA Civil Authorities such as the Police and Customs and Excise, both operationally and for training, are also key engagements.

Training Facilities

HMS Raleigh - Where all ratings complete their 9 week phase one training, HMS Raleigh is treated as if it were a ship; it is in fact based on shore. Here you will learn the basics of marching, staying organised, teamwork, fire fighting, security and weapons handling, and you will start to apply those skills in exercises on Dartmoor.

BRNC Dartmouth - Training for Royal Naval officers.

HMS Excellent – re commissioned in 1994 to deliver a wide range of different training functions aimed at preparing our personnel for life at sea.

HMS Collingwood – HMS Collingwood is the lead establishment of the Maritime Warfare School.

HMS Sultan is the home of Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering.

HMS Temeraire - Houses the staff of the Directorate of Naval Physical Training and Sport (DNPTS), the Royal Navy School of Physical Training and the Fleet Recreation Centre.


First Sea Lord - Admiral Sir Jonathon Band

The First Sea Lord is individually accountable for the delivery of military capability generated by the Navy, the fighting effectiveness and efficiency of the forces in being and the morale of his personnel. He is the chairman of the Navy Board

Second Sea Lord - Vice Admiral Adrian Johns

The Second Sea Lord is Naval Service's Principal Personnel Officer. He has responsibility for maintaining operational capability by providing the correctly trained manpower. He is also Commander in Chief Naval Home Command responsible for all non DLO naval real estate.


Surface Fleet Facts

Basic Facts:

The surface fleet was reorganised in 2002 into two flotillas, one based at each of the two naval bases at Portsmouth and Devonport.
Aircraft Carriers are the largest ships in the fleet. Their innate versatility and comprehensive command facilities make them key to modern expeditionary operations. Their main armament is provided by their embarked carrier air groups, enabling carriers to deploy rapidly around the world to local points of crises.

Assault Ships have the ability to launch helicopters and landing craft. We have HMS Ocean and 2 Albion Class Landing Platform Docks (LPDs). HMS Ocean’s primary role is to carry an Embarked Military Force (EMF) supported by helicopters and landing craft. The Albion Class LPD's primary function is, by air and sea, to deploy troops and their equipment forming part of an Amphibious Assault Force.

Destroyers and frigates are, as always, the workhorses of the fleet, the former being optimised for air defence and the latter for surface and subsurface warfare. They are equally at home in large task groups or on independent operations which may include sanctions enforcement, humanitarian relief or anti-drug patrols.

Smaller fighting ships include the world-leading mine countermeasures ships (MCM). Sophisticated and cheap mines are available the world over, and the neutralisation of their threat is a skilled and painstaking business that usually continues long after hostilities have ended.
Offshore patrol vessels play an important role in UK home waters by enforcing fishery laws and providing a reassuring presence in UK oil and gas fields

Question: What is the difference between a Frigate and a Destroyer?
Answer: The primary role of a destroyer is to defend against airborne attack; by aircraft or missile. A frigate's primary task is to defend against submarine or surface threats.

Question: How fast can a ship go?
Answer: Destroyers, Frigates and Aircraft Carriers generally have a speed of about 30knots (34 mph).

Question: How far can a ship go without refuelling?
Answer: At cruising speeds, frigates and aircraft carriers can travel about 7,500 miles and destroyers 4,000 miles.

Question: How do ships refuel at sea?
Answer: At sea RN ships use their RFA support ships to refuel and resupply with food, stores and ammunition. The procedure is known as Replenishment at Sea or RAS. Lines are fired across between the ships and stores can be hauled across and fuel pumped across whilst both ships are still moving.

Question: How long do ships go away for?
Answer: During training ships may sail for just one day returning to their home port at night. Deployments last for up to six months and occasionally may be as long as 9 months.

Question: What new ships are being developed?
Answer: In the last 3 years, 15 new ships have been ordered including 6 Type 45 Destroyers, 2 survey vessels and 3 offshore patrol vessels.

The largest development project underway at the moment is the development of the Royal Navy's future aircraft carrier. Additionally, production had already started on the Type 45 class destroyers which will be the largest and most powerful air defence destroyers ever operated by the Royal Navy. Details of all the RN's future ships and development can be found here.

Question: How big will the future aircraft carrier be?
Answer: The future aircraft carrier will be between 50 and 60,000 tonnes - approximately 3 times the size of the current invincible class aircraft carriers.

Question: What are the new Type 45 Destroyers going to be called?
Answer: The first 6 ships will be named Daring, Diamond, Dauntless, Dragon, Defender and Duncan.

Question: What are the weapons systems in the new Type 45 Destroyers?
Answer: These Type 45s will be the most advanced air defence ships in the world. The main armament will be the sophisticated and lethal Principal Anti Air Missile System (PAAMS). The system is designed to defend against supersonic, stealthy, highly manoeuvrable missiles that could use sea-skimming or steep-diving flight profiles approaching in salvoes, simultaneously from several directions. PAAMS is capable of controlling several missiles in the air at any one time, each one of which could engage individual targets, preventing attackers from swamping the fleet's air defences.

Question: What is the role of Frigates and Destroyers?
Answer: In wartime, the primary role of these ships is to protect friendly ships against attack. However Frigates and Destroyers are versatile multi-role ships capable of performing any number of tasks throughout the world, from humanitarian operations to anti-drug policing.

Question: What is the role of our Hydrographic Ships?
Answer: Hydrographic ships are involved in the surveying and mapping of the oceans. In addition to surveying in overseas areas, hydrographic ships are constantly engaged in updating the charts covering the waters around the United Kingdom, using the latest surveying techniques. See Hydrographic Vessels.

Question: Why do we need a Mine Countermeasures Capability?
Answer: Mines are an ever-present threat to naval operations and to the UK's merchant fleet. They are a cheap but highly effective method that can be used by a hostile state to deny access to their territorial waters. The UK's Mine Countermeasures capability exists to guarantee safe water for warships and merchant vessels, both at home and abroad, to conduct their operations. Most recently six Royal Navy minesweepers were employed during Operation Telic employed to clear routes to Umm Qasr in Southern Iraq to allow urgently needed humanitarian aid to be delivered. See Mine Countermeasures.

Question: Why does the Royal Navy operate Fishery Protection Vessels?
Answer: The Royal Navy's Fishery Protection Squadron (FPS) undertakes fishery protection duties on a repayment basis on behalf of the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The FPS also plays a policing role within UK waters and is tasked in anti-pollution, Search and Rescue, Customs & Excise, Coastguard and Maritime Counter Terrorism duties. This provides an early opportunity for able young officers to gain command experience. It enables them to undertake a 'real' task in a demanding and challenging environment and provides excellent training value. See Patrol Vessels.

Question: What is the role and capability of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary?
Answer: The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is a civilian manned fleet of tankers and cargo ships. It exists to support the Royal Navy with all the services necessary to operate independently for extended periods anywhere in the world. The RFA also has the capability to provide the Royal Marines and the British Army with much of the heavy lift logistic support necessary to undertake and sustain out of area operations of significant size and duration. See Royal Fleet Auxiliary.


What Is NATO? (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)

"NATO has been undergoing a substantial transformation since the end of the Cold War, since the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in the ‘90s and since September 11, 2001. In 1995, not that long ago, 13 years ago, NATO was an alliance of 16 countries. It had no partners, had not established a Partnership for Peace yet. Had never conducted a military operation. Had of course done a lot of defence planning, had conducted a lot of exercises, but had never engaged in a military operation where NATO was leading that.

Fast forward that to 2006, 2007, 2008. Here you have a NATO that is now 26 members, having enlarged, brought in ten new members in a couple of waves of enlargement; having partners through the Partnership for Peace in Eurasia; partners in the Mediterranean through the Mediterranean Dialogue, seven of them; 20 in Eurasia; four in the Persian Gulf through the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative; working with other global partners such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, in common endeavours such as the operations in Afghanistan. And NATO, which had never conducted a military operation for most of its history, by 2006 and beyond was conducting multiple operations simultaneously.

The way I would explain this is that NATO’s mission, NATO’s purpose, the collective defence of its members, Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, remains unchanged. The way it has to go about that mission in today’s world is very different. The world today is characterized by threats that are very different than those that prevailed during the Cold War and immediately after.

NATO's 26 Member Countries

Czech Republic
Latvia Lithuania
United Kingdom
United States

NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is an international alliance of 26 countries of Europe and North America created to ensure the peace and security of the North Atlantic region. Signed April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty is NATO's founding document that details the principles upon which NATO was established.

Why Was NATO Founded?

NATO was founded to fulfill its goal of safeguarding the freedom and security of its members by way of political and military means. NATO's members consult together to address security issues of concern and work jointly to take whatever action is necessary to defend against threats. One principle that guides NATO is the policy that an attack against one member is considered an attack against all members. On September 12, 2001, this principle of collective defense was acted on after the terrorist attacks against the United States, when NATO invoked Article 5 of the NATO treaty, declaring the attacks to be an attack against all of the NATO member countries.

How Are Decisions Made in NATO?

All NATO decisions are made by the member countries on the basis of consensus. The North Atlantic Council, or NAC, is the main decision-making body in NATO, made up of permanent representatives from each member country which meets regularly in discussion. The NAC also consults with Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers, and Defense Ministers and establishes committees to provide advice on military policy and strategy to NATO's political leaders.

Key Events in NATO History

April 4, 1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty, NATO's founding document, was signed.
March 24, 1999 - NATO began a 78-day air campaign against the military forces of Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosevic. Following the campaign, the Kosovo Force (KFOR), an NATO-led international peace-enforcement force, entered Kosovo to maintain security in Kosovo.
Sept. 12, 2001 - NATO declared the terrorist attacks on the United States to be an attack against all NATO member countries within the terms of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.
May 28, 2002 - The NATO-Russia Council was established at the NATO-Russia Summit, strengthening the commitment between NATO and Russia.
May 21, 2003 - The NATO alliance agreed to support Poland in its leadership of a sector in the stabilization force in Iraq.
August 2003 - NATO took over command and coordination of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). This is the first mission outside the Euro-Atlantic area in NATO's history.
August 2004 - NATO established a Training Implementation Mission in Iraq


War Hero
For those who have not yet undergone the Ratings Selection Interview, you do not need to know all the stuff above, so cease worrying.

The Ratings Selection Interview breaks down into 5 areas:

Home Background (All about you, where you've lived, who you live with, your partner, your family, what you do to help at home & your health)

Education (All schools & colleges attended, your favourite & least favourite subjects, attendance, punctualty, clubs, societies, sports teams.)

Employment record to date (All jobs, current financial situation, why you left jobs, how you get on with people you work with)

Hobbies & Interests (What makes you tick, including fitness preparation, whether you belonged to any out of school organisations such as cadets, Ju-Jitsu, swimming, footbal, golf etc., Pre-Joining Fitness awareness. Can you swim? Are you aware of the armed forces drugs policy?

Your motivation (Why you want to join, what do you know about the job, how long is your contract for, what's your wages, how much leave do you get, what is your attitude to discipline/authority, Time away from home/family, Experience of Responsibility)

Under the last section we want to be sure you know what you are letting yourself in for & what background research you have done, for RM candidates a good level of Corps knowledge is expected. We do not ask you how to tie knots, list all countries in NATO or suchlike. (Call the Police!)

I suspect the above stuff is cut & pasted from the "How 2 Become" company. All the stuff you need to know is provided free of charge from your AFCO- that's what it's there for.
Ninja, I had assumed the candidate was applying to become a Recruitment Officer! I wonder if those entry criteria are behind the Navy's shortages of ratings! :lol:


Lantern Swinger
Bugger me, I couldn't have speeled that lot off after 22 years, no wonder we are short of manpower if the average kid thinks he needs to know that lot just to scub out?


War Hero
ajmarshall said:
Ninja, are those criteria similar for officer interview?
Sorry to thread hijack

For Officers:

Your Area Careers Liaison Officer will conduct a formal interview, confirm your eligibility and help you find out more about the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and the jobs that could be right for you. They will also help you apply and prepare (RM- for the Potential Officers Course and) for the Admiralty Interview Board.

The sift interview covers 3 main areas, Communications, Leadership & Motivation. They are not expecting the "finished article" but the more preparation you do, the sooner you will attend AIB because you are a stunningly well versed individual, smartly dressed (jacket & tie or equivalent), shiny shoes, prompt, attentive, etc.

The areas covered break down as follows and the 100% "Ideal candidate" will posses all of the following qualities (very few tick all the boxes, rest assured):

Positive body language
Good Power of expression
Appropriate language
Good eye contact
Able to articulate sentences clearly

Demonstrates can lead team to success/achieve positive results
Capable of Planning ahead
Motivates team
Learnt from mistakes/experience
Good level of commitment to team
Good examples of leadership/taking charge/organisation skills and
likewise from school, university, part-time work, clubs, societies etc.
Teamplayer and team leader.
Trusted & responsible

Good level of Fitness.
Family/partner support.
Sound, logical reasons for joining RN/RM
Well thought out career choices
Good awareness of RN/RM; branch; terms and conditions; training pipeline
Realistic expectations
Reasons for joining RN/RM.
Length of interest.
Knowledge/Preparation for RN/RM.
I'd rather know all of the above just incase something was asked, surely it will go in my favour. In my opinion there is no harm in going the extra mile and getting some back ground knowledge of the force you are about to commit to.

It has been copy and pasted from mostly the RN site but just thought i'd get a better understanding of what everything is and what it's all about.

Knowledge is power :thumright:


War Hero
You might also acquire the unenviable title of "that-effin-pillock-who's-only-been-in-a-dog-watch-but-thinks-he-knows-it-all", or something similar but not quite so complimentary. The watchword for newbies is "listen and learn", not "watch and shoot".
Despite those words of wisdom from one of the "old and bold", I wish you the best of luck in your efforts.


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