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Recruitment Test

Chief

Newbie
Hi guys, i'm new to the forum and i have my initial recruitment/psychometric test next week. I had a few questions, as stupid as they may sound I just don't want to take any chances. In the email i was sent it tells me i will need my national insurance card and my national health card. Is it enough just knowing the numbers or do i need the actual cards themselves? I lost my NIC a long time ago and i've always known the number so never sent off for a new one. It also tells me i need a Signed MOD Form 493 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a completed Tattoo Proforma. I have never been in trouble with the police and i do not have any tattoos, so i would like to think that both of these forms are not applicable. That said, on the list of documents i am told to bring, Parental Consent Form for example has (If Applicable) next to it but the two mentioned do not. When i read this back to myself it seems the answer to my questions is just simple common sense, it probably is but any advice would still be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

Flatcapper83

Badgeman
If you don't have tattoos and never been in trouble with the police no need to fill them in and when I went for my RT my AFCO checked the forms anyway so if you have done anything wrong they'll tell you and the NI number I just took a document with it on.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The completed and signed forms are required, even if you do not currently have any unspent convictions or have no tattoos.

Reason? When you rock-up to commence training several weeks/months later with a hitherto undeclared unspent conviction or undeclared tattoo that contravenes the policy, you have no excuse and cannot claim you were unaware it/they are a bar to entry.

You need evidence of your NHS Number and NI Number, it's appreciated cards are no longer issued.
 

daedalus345

Midshipman
take everything they ask for. they dont give out ni cards anymore, just an official document with the number on.

when i went I was told over the phone all i needed was my drivers licence but it turns out you need everything on the RT email you get sent.

Royal Navy Recruiting [RT] Test: Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Numerical, Mechanical and Electrical Comprehension Tests [Print Replica] Kindle Edition

there is a version of this on kindle unlimited which has a 30 day free trial period.

I used this book, and it helped me greatly. Lets you know what you need to work on and learn. There is an explanatory section as well, teaching you what you need to know. I also did timed tests, gives you a good indication of how fast you need to work. I.e. each different subtest was slightly different in how fast i could complete them.
 

Chief

Newbie
I have been busy the last few days so haven't got on but thank you for your advice guys, it is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately i had to reschedule my test for next month, it's frustrating but i guess it just gives me more time to revise.

It also gives me more time to look in to potential job roles. I have been having nightmares thinking about what job role i want, before anyone suggests i search for the jobs i'm interested in on this forum i already have, yet i find myself no closer to making a decision. I've been using this forum as a guest for a long time and i have found some posts really helpful, an insight in to the actual jobs rather than the dream descriptions that describe them.

There are three jobs that i am most interested in, ET WE, Sea Spec and Warfare Spec. For ET WE the interest is very simple, learn a trade. For Warfare and Sea Spec i like the idea of working with weapons, it's really that simple. I understand that all three jobs involve a lot more and from the horror stories on here, Warfare and Sea Spec involves a lot of painting lol. Once you make a decision though on a job role is it possible to change it? And at what point in the recruitment process do i have to make this decision a permanent one? Thanks in advance.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Once you make a decision though on a job role is it possible to change it? And at what point in the recruitment process do i have to make this decision a permanent one? Thanks in advance.
You can change your Branch of Preference (job role) without penalty up until the point an entry date is requested. If you change after an entry date is allocated, you have to effectively "go to the back of the queue" for that job and await a new entry date.
 

Tigerpaw

Lantern Swinger
I did my RT back in August and I went to my GP to ask them to give me NHS number on headed paper (they were going to charge me £25 to print it!) as I didn't have my NHS card. This was accepted with no problems. I also took along a recent payslip as evidence with my NINo and again, this was fine.
 

Chief

Newbie
I did my RT back in August and I went to my GP to ask them to give me NHS number on headed paper (they were going to charge me £25 to print it!) as I didn't have my NHS card. This was accepted with no problems. I also took along a recent payslip as evidence with my NINo and again, this was fine.

That's good to know. If you don't mind me asking, how far along in the recruitment process are you? Be nice to have a rough idea how long after i sit my RT it will be before i get a date for the next part.
 

Tigerpaw

Lantern Swinger
After the RT, I had my interview about 10 days/2 weeks after I had been told I passed. Going through the security clearance and have my medical in about 2 weeks as well.

What I don't know is whether there is preference over the various branches and if there is, how that speeds up, or slows down one's application.

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Chief

Newbie
Sorry for the late reply but i've been busy and haven't got on. That's good, i wouldn't mind getting dates that quick myself, i suppose though that it is different for everyone and every afco. Thanks for the info and good luck with it all.
 

Tigerpaw

Lantern Swinger
Sorry for the late reply but i've been busy and haven't got on. That's good, i wouldn't mind getting dates that quick myself, i suppose though that it is different for everyone and every afco. Thanks for the info and good luck with it all.

I have been very surprised at how quick everything has been up to now. I was prepared to wait for over a year, but all things being well, I'll be in Raleigh around March time!

I guess they are in need of recruits for the logs branch!

Have you narrowed down what you're looking to apply for?
 

Chief

Newbie
Yes, it does seem very quick. I'm just looking forward to getting my RT out of the way now. How did you find your RT?

To be honest i am still not 100 percent sure about which one i should apply for, at the minute i feel like Seaman Specialist interests me the most. I have read a few horror stories about it but that seems to be the case with every role. What are you looking to go for? EDIT: I've just re-read your post and noticed logs branch haha. I didn't notice it the first time.
 
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Tigerpaw

Lantern Swinger
I had 2 weeks holiday before my RT, so I used this time to prepare for it. When it came to it, I was obviously nervous, but as I had practiced all the sections, I was cautiously optimistic.

As you're quite close to the beginning of the process, you can change your preference right up until your AFCO requests a place for you, as Ninja said in an earlier post.

I am looking at logs on the submarine service. This may be why my application has been so quick.

Have you tried to find out when/where there is an open day at a base near you? Might be worth going along so you can ask some questions?
 

Chief

Newbie
So, i've been really busy with work but got some time this week to post on here, my recruit test had to be changed again because the AFCO had to change the test time. The time had to be changed from morning to afternoon so I had to reschedule. At this rate you'll be passing out while I sit my RT lol.

Yea, i'd imagine that they probably get less applicants for the submarine service. It could be good for you though, if it's what you want to do and end up getting fast tracked.

No i haven't actually, that's a good idea though and i'm surprised i hadn't already thought about that. It's something i'll be having a look at.
 

Tigerpaw

Lantern Swinger
The delay could work in your favour. You will have more time to decide which branch you want to go in to, and obviously prepare for the RT.

Not sure at this rate. I am still waiting for my medical after a Capita mess up. Fortunately, this is next week. Fingers crossed!
 

Chief

Newbie
Yes, that's true, especially the RT. After much more research though in to considering what role i want i'm almost certain now that i want to go for seaman specialist.

Just looking forward to getting this RT out of the way now and getting the ball rolling.

Hopefully they won't keep you waiting too long, good luck with your medical.
 

Tigerpaw

Lantern Swinger
Yes, that's true, especially the RT. After much more research though in to considering what role i want i'm almost certain now that i want to go for seaman specialist.

Just looking forward to getting this RT out of the way now and getting the ball rolling.

Hopefully they won't keep you waiting too long, good luck with your medical.

Sounds like you're making some headway with your decision. Once the RT is done, things should start rolling quickly. Best of luck!
 
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