Ratings Preparation Course (RPC) [formerly RNAC]

#1
RN Acquaint Course (RNAC)/ Ratings Preparation Course(RPC)

I'v got my RNAC next month on the 16th-19th just wondered if anyone was there the same dates...?? or would like to here from somebody previously been to it to here what its like and what it entails ... thanks Jord :thanks:
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#2
Re: RNAC

Here y'are, course time-table:

MONDAY
Day 1 1400 -1600 All candidates to arrive between 1400 and 1600 at INVERKEITHING RAILWAY STATION (if driving, to arrive within HMS CALEDONIA by 1600). ID cards issued by Main Gate staff. Change into issued kit to confirm sizes correct.
1715 Drill instruction (introduction to marching)
1800 Evening meal
19-1930 Opportunity to Phone home
1930 Course welcome & Introduction
2030 Self Introductions and Ice Breaking Games
2230 Pipe Down

TUESDAY
Day 2 0630 Call the hands
0700 Breakfast
0745 Drill Training
0800 Rounds of accommodation
0835 Establishment brief and welcome
0900 Kit preparation lecture and demonstration
1000 PJFT run followed by the PT B.
Note: the PJFT is performed on the road as at HMS Raleigh, NOT a treadmill. A PJFT pass at the RNAC will be fed back to the AFCO and will count as a full pass. However, not achieving a pass at the RNAC will not count against you.
1200 Lunch
1300 Team Building Exercises
1530 Life in the RN brief
1700 Discussion session with RNAC staff
1810 Evening meal.
1920 Depart for the gym
1930 Conduct Military Swim Test followed by free swim.
2100 Opportunity to phone home
2130 Team Quiz
2230 Pipe Down


WEDNESDAY
Day 3
0630 Call the hands
0700 Breakfast
0745 Pay, Promotion, Leave and Travel lecture
0800 Rounds of Accommodation
0900 Weapon Handling brief
1000 Branch of Preference lecture
1130 Bus depart for Faslane
1330 Arrive Faslane Sports & Recreation Centre
1400 Circuit training and games in HMS NEPTUNE gym
1600 Visit the NAAFI shop
1630 Discussion with Faslane Chaplains
1720 Evening meal
1750 Split into 2 groups, board the bus for the 2 stances
1800 First Station: Ship visit/Small Arms Trainer visit
1930 Second Station: Small Arms Trainer visit/Ship visit
2100 Board buses for return trip to Rosyth.
2245 Arrive Rosyth.
2330 Pipe down


THURSDAY
Day 4 0630 Call the hands.
0700 Breakfast
0730 Clean up for rounds
0815 Formal OIC‘s rounds
0830-0915 Polish boots and return all kit.
0915 Issue Certificates and feedback proformas. Wash-up with the Instructing staff
0940 Course wash-up with OIC
0955 Course members transported to Inverkeithing station, Edinburgh Airport or depart independently.
 
#3
Re: RNAC

For information a taxi to Caledonia from Inverkeithing Station costs about £6 so make sure you've got that on you (or does a pusser's tilly pick you up?)
 
#5
Re: RNAC

Just wanted to add that I attended the aquaint in April and I really enjoyed it. Hope you enjoy your day at Faslane, especially your circuits in Neptune! LMAO.
 
#6
Re: RNAC

theymademedoit said:
Just wanted to add that I attended the aquaint in April and I really enjoyed it. Hope you enjoy your day at Faslane, especially your circuits in Neptune! LMAO.
by that i guess the circuit training is hard ??? lol
 
#7
Re: RNAC

I personally found it rather difficult. The good thing about it though was it opened my eyes to the amount of training I was required to do before Raleigh.
 
#11
Re: RNAC

You'll love it. Everyone i went to RNAC with wanted to stay! Be warned... EAT EVERYTHING U CAN!!!!! i made the mistake of having a tiny breakfast one day, and you feel it when you gotta do running later on (with no energy). Take a bit of chocolate as well, couple of bars for late on! Machines were down when we went, but looked like they had been for a while. When you've eat at 5/5.30 and marched like a twat - you cud kill a bit of crap to eat before you go bed.
 

-buggy-

Lantern Swinger
#12
Re: RNAC

i went RNAC same time as theymademedoit and it was brilliant. i see wot u mean with the vending machines wen we where there they only had 2 bountys and a twix in them !! i bet you had about 30 pints of milk in the fridge aswell lol. neptune was solid i thought i was gona die
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#13
Re: RNAC

Just for info, for those that are considering joining as a rating from September 2007, the Royal Navy Acquaint Course (RNAC) is allegedly becoming compulsory.

The story goes that a new RNAC centre will be opening in HMS Collingwood very soon.

For the old & bold simply read:

"HMS Raleigh New Entry week will now be conducted elsewhere, before recruits actually join. Unlike PRMC there is no pass/fail criteria & yes it costs lots!".
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#15
Re: RNAC

monty_trials said:
How soon can I attend RNAC? Do you have to be selected first or can I do it sometime after my interview, which is a week away?
Anyone can request to go on RNAC after they have passed recruiting test, interview & medical- just ask your Careers Adviser.

Or simply have a chat with Ship Rat, Dogfish etc. your alter-egos.
 
#16
RNAC HMS Caledonia - Questions

Hi there sailors, I've been given my date for HMS Caledonia for the Royal Navy Acquaint Course and I have a couple of questions.

I've read this page
http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.3303
and even though it excited me even more about doing the course, it didn't really give anything specific, so I'm just wondering

1) - What sort of physical activity will you do there? We're there for 4 days, so does that mean we'll do 4 x 1.5 mile runs? Any circuit training, etc?

2) - It says travel is free and also shows that some people have to travel by plane and some by train. Who qualifies for the plane?

3) - Will I be able to travel from Wales, up to Scotland, then come home, but not back to Wales, but to my dad's place in Lancashire?

Oh and what's the deal with the code of conduct? Has there been a history of candidates being at it like rabbits during the course because the documents constantly reiterate that you'll be in separate accommodation, no touching is allowed, no entertaining females, etc :eek:mg:
 
#17
Re: RNAC HMS Caledonia - Questions

creddly said:
Oh and what's the deal with the code of conduct? Has there been a history of candidates being at it like rabbits during the course because the documents constantly reiterate that you'll be in separate accommodation, no touching is allowed, no entertaining females, etc :eek:mg:
Surely common sense prevails, its a Royal Navy acquaint course, not an 18-30 holiday in Ibiza!!!
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#18
Re: RNAC HMS Caledonia - Questions

Chaz said:
Surely common sense prevails, its a Royal Navy acquaint course, not an 18-30 holiday in Ibiza!!!
Correct.

There have been no significant "incidents" however 'Duty of Care' is the issue, particularly with minors away from home, possibly for the first time in an alien environment in company of strangers.
 
#19
Re: RNAC HMS Caledonia - Questions

Ninja_Stoker said:
Chaz said:
Surely common sense prevails, its a Royal Navy acquaint course, not an 18-30 holiday in Ibiza!!!
Correct.

There have been no significant "incidents" however 'Duty of Care' is the issue, particularly with minors away from home, possibly for the first time in an alien environment in company of strangers.
I hope they don't offer you sweeties and a lift home!!!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#20
Re: RNAC HMS Caledonia - Questions

creddly said:
1) - What sort of physical activity will you do there? We're there for 4 days, so does that mean we'll do 4 x 1.5 mile runs? Any circuit training, etc?

2) - It says travel is free and also shows that some people have to travel by plane and some by train. Who qualifies for the plane?

3) - Will I be able to travel from Wales, up to Scotland, then come home, but not back to Wales, but to my dad's place in Lancashire?
1) Course Programme:

MONDAY
Day 1 1400 -1600 All candidates to arrive between at INVERKEITHING RAILWAY STATION. Change into issued kit to confirm sizes correct.
1715 Drill instruction (introduction to marching)
1800 Evening meal
19-1930 Opportunity to Phone home
1930 Course welcome & Introduction
2030 Self Introductions and Ice Breaking Games
2230 Pipe Down

TUESDAY
Day 2 0630 Call the hands
0700 Breakfast
0745 Drill Training
0800 Rounds of accommodation
0830 Kit preparation lecture and demonstration
1000 PJFT run followed by the PT B.
Note: the PJFT is performed on the road as at HMS Raleigh, NOT a treadmill. A PJFT pass at the RNAC will be fed back to the AFCO and will count as a full pass. However, not achieving a pass at the RNAC will not count against you.
1200 Lunch
1300 Team Building Exercises
1530 Life in the RN brief
1700 Discussion session with RNAC staff
1810 Evening meal.
1920 Depart for the gym
1930 Conduct Military Swim Test followed by free swim.
2100 Opportunity to phone home
2130 Team Quiz
2230 Pipe Down

WEDNESDAY
Day 3
0630 Call the hands
0700 Breakfast
0745 Pay, Promotion, Leave and Travel lecture
0800 Rounds of Accommodation
0900 Weapon Handling brief
1000 Branch of Preference lecture
1130 Bus depart for Faslane
1330 Arrive Faslane Sports & Recreation Centre
1400 Circuit training and games in HMS NEPTUNE gym
1600 Visit the NAAFI shop
1630 Discussion with Faslane Chaplains
1720 Evening meal
1750 Split into 2 groups, board the bus for the 2 stances
1800 First Station: Ship visit/Small Arms Trainer visit
1930 Second Station: Small Arms Trainer visit/Ship visit
2100 Board buses for return trip to Rosyth.
2245 Arrive Rosyth.
2330 Pipe down

THURSDAY
Day 4 0630 Call the hands.
0700 Breakfast
0730 Clean up for rounds
0815 Formal OIC‘s rounds
0830-0915 Polish boots and return all kit.
0915 Issue Certificates
0940 Course wash-up with OIC
0955 Course members transported to Inverkeithing station

2) Aircraft flights are usually for people from Isle of Man, Channel Island, N. Ireland, Scottish islands.

3) Travel is only authorised at Crown expense to/from next of kin address.
 

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