RFA Cadet Marine Engineer

#1
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
#2
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?
 

Bluebird79

Lantern Swinger
#4
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.
 
#5
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
#8
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
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Book Reviewer
#10
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
#13
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?
 

Seadog

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#17
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.
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
#19
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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