Re-applying concerns

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  1. Hi all,

    I've always been interested in the Navy and saw becoming a Warfare Officer as my dream job. I finished university with a degree in forensic science last year, during which time I decided to begin the application process for joining the Navy as a Warfare Officer. I passed all of the psychometric, medical, fitness and pre AIB interview, but then as the AIB itself approached I started having real concerns. I think I rushed into the application process, without thinking if I was really suitable and ready for the job. Whilst I believe I do have the leadership qualities required, I don't think I have much leadership experience. I'm also a keen believer in the whole 'working your way to success' and really would enjoy starting from the bottom and working my way up. As such I withdrew my application....

    Now I've been introduced to the working world, I've realised that being the Navy is all I'll ever really want to do.. I've been looking at alternative roles and my heart is set on joining as a Hydrographic, Meteorological & Oceanographic specialist..I've done quite a lot of research and really my next step is to go into the AFCO. One thing I can't find on the net though is the waiting time for this role.... Does anyone have any idea what I'd be looking at? Additionally, will the fact I withdrew my previous application be detrimental to my application this time round?

    All advise appreciated!
  2. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer


    Have you tried the search function? I'm sure someone posted something similar a while back.
  3. Current waiting time for Hydrographic, Meteorological & Oceanographic specialist is about 4 years I believe.

    In my experience, the previously withdrawn application will not count against you, I had to withdraw an application for Warfare Officer due to sustaining an injury, and re-applied for Hydrographic, Meteorological & Oceanographic specialist a year later with no problems, and am now waiting to start at Raleigh in a few weeks time.
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  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Providing the individual notified their AFCO at the time of withdrawing their application, there's seldom an issue. If they simply vanish & do not reply to any attempts to establish status, then they reap what they sow.

    Those applying for WS(HM) right now can anticapte a 36 month wait. (ish)
  5. Thanks for the replies...Wow - a pretty long wait then. At least I know it's what I want to do now, so will just have to ride out the wait. Ch
  6. I'm sorry, but frankly there are very few 21 year olds with leadership experience who join the RN. Knowing that, the RN tends not to ask too much of you, unless supported by either a more senior Officer or SR to ensure that you don't make big mistakes. I've done 12 years (hark at me!*) and am still learning about leadership, and I've no doubt that my CO and our Cdre are also learning new things about leadership.

    To want to work your way up from the bottom is a type of reverse snobbery, and dangerous in several ways. Experience as a Sailor doesn't mean you'll make a success as an Officer, nor does it guarantee that you'll pass your AIB in xx years time. Joining with a medium term aim of leaving the Rating corps may also instill a sense of frustration into you.

    The role you've set your eye on - HM - is also open to Officers, and you gain some pretty decent qualifications. There was a longer thread about it a couple of weeks back.

    The biggest point you need to remember is that the AIB is looking at your potential to become an Officer - we are not looking for the finished article.....

    *yes, thank you, the rouge comments can begin now! ;)
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Ooh, ta.......

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