You are going there as a trainee to be trained, you will be treated as a trainee until you have finished the course.I’m attending as a qualified officer, not a cadet, so do you know if what I’ll be doing is going to be different to what you’re up to, or not?
For us its a chance to learn, the more you embrace the course, the more you get out of it. Dartmouth is its own world, its not the RN proper or the RFA. Everything they do to you there is for your training, take it positively, think and reflect on the lessons and the instructors actions and use them to help you throughout your career.It's a good laugh if you don't take it too seriously and if you appreciate that it's a world apart from the RFA proper.
That's really interesting that is has actually happened. There was talk of it when I was there but I wasn't sure if it would ever be pushed through.Just to clarify the RFA course at BRNC is pass / fail these days
But isn't that the risk when changing any job? You can fail a probation period, etc. I'm sure this is made known to the Commercial Officer applicants. I personally like to see pass/fail courses, focuses the minds of the people participating.That's really interesting that is has actually happened. There was talk of it when I was there but I wasn't sure if it would ever be pushed through.
So, how would it work for lateral entries? If you had left your previous employment, taken a job with the RFA and then for some reason failed BRNC you could, therefore, find yourself unemployed, unable to pay your mortgage and/or support your family?
You have a point but it isn't quite the same (at least not IMO). At BRNC many of the things you are graded on have absolutely no relevance to the job you are actually going to be doing and so to terminate someone's employment on this basis (i.e. before you have determined whether or not they are any good as a Deckie/Engineer/SE/Logs) I see as a little pointless. I would be far more concerned as to whether someone can execute their duties safely than how fast they can run 1.5 miles. Just my opinion. Perhaps the whole grading system has changed since I was there as this was some years ago now. If you are still entitled to your notice period in the event of not passing (as you are in a commercial organisation should you fail a probation period) then I suppose it is not the end of the world, giving you plenty of time to find another job.But isn't that the risk when changing any job? You can fail a probation period
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