RFA Cadet Marine Engineer

benyboy98

Midshipman
I'm almost 16 and wanted to leave school and join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary so they could train me to become a marine cadet engineer. Firstly what is life like as a young RFA cadet? Secondly what training is involved to become a marine engineer? And lastly should I join at 16 or go six form for 2 years and join when I'm 18?

If anyone can answer these thank you

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Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
Hello and welcome to the forum. Firstly, have you downloaded the PDF available on the RN careers page about the RFA Marine Engineering cadetship? If not then I suggest you go have a look at it as it will answer many of your questions about the training pathways available to you straight from GCSE (HND) route or A-level (foundation degree) route.

Life as a young RFA cadet seems fabulous. Large amounts of disposable income and a great training programme with a job at the end of it. What's not to like?
 

benyboy98

Midshipman
I have downloaded the pdf file I just wanted to know if anyone has done this course and what it involves

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Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
In that case you already know what your training pathway would be :) If I can answer any specific questions you have about the recruitment procedure or the RFA course at BRNC Dartmouth, then just let me know.

I can tell you that there are quite a few people starting out on the Marine Engineering cadetship at the moment, it seems they're recruiting well for this role.
 

Megalopteron

Lantern Swinger
And lastly should I join at 16 or go six form for 2 years and join when I'm 18?
Do sixth form, get A-Levels. You never know what the future holds, get as many good qualifications as you can now.

I can tell you that there are quite a few people starting out on the Marine Engineering cadetship at the moment, it seems they're recruiting well for this role.
Makes a change. They have been struggling to recruit engineer cadets since starting to use the AIB.
 

Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
The course is 8 weeks long and there are many things involved - there is currently a thread in the RFA section about the course commencing in February, have a quick read of that and then get involved in there to save me saying the same things twice. :)
 

exJenny

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
What are the MAC ENG1, BRNC, AIB and Hnd

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Do you mean MCA?

MCA ENG1 is your medical ticket
BRNC is Britannia Royal Naval College - Dartmouth
AIB is Admiralty Interview Board
HND is Higher National Diploma

Do you know what TLA is?


Just the thoughts of a blonde ex wren
 
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Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
Bennyboy, you have much to learn... It would seem from what you've said that you'd be on the HND programme, were you to be successful. I don't mean to sound patronising but have you actually read up on what is involved in the RFA cadetship?
 

benyboy98

Midshipman
Yh I have just wanted some information from someone experienced so thanks for all your info

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Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
It's really no problem. Spend the next few months reading up on the career that you've chosen and good luck for your GCSEs in the summer
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Three letter acronym.
Three Letter Abbreviation. None of the abbreviations listed are acronyms. NATO and NASA are acronyms; abbreviations that form words.

The worst thing about being a pedant is that grief whores, vigilantes and Jeremy Kyle's guest want to throw bricks through my living room window.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Surely NATO and NASA aren't recognised "words", M.A.D. (mutually assured destruction) would be an acronym though ;)
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Recognised to the point where they have followed the way of RADAR and now appear as Nato and Nasa. Fair enough with radar but WTF with the other two.

I do see the winky thingy Wrecker :thumleft:
 
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