Role of a divisional officer

Brx23

Newbie
I had a look around but still can't find a few bits of info relating to the role of a divisional officer. I have passed AIB and am waiting for a place at Dartmouth as a warfare officer. Would I be immediately made a divisional officer when I am placed on my first ship or is this only after the junior warfare officer course? My other question is about the number of people in a division? I've seen people quote anything from 8 to 20. Any help on this would be much appreciated.
 

wave_dodger

MIA
Book Reviewer
Unlikely, more realistically an Assistant DO to allow you to pickup the ropes and gain experience.

Size varies from unit to unit, ship to ship.
 
DO - look after your people.

Make sure that their welfare is sorted, that they're progressing well, help them out if they're in the shit. For the younger/inexperienced ones - be like mum and dad; for the older/experienced ones - be ready to talk and help them out; for the Warrant Officers and senior Chiefs - remind them to change their incontinence pads from time to time.
 

Sumo

War Hero
ATG I thought the role also included, keep nose clean, don't screw up or it could adversely affect your own career
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
I had a look around but still can't find a few bits of info relating to the role of a divisional officer. I have passed AIB and am waiting for a place at Dartmouth as a warfare officer. Would I be immediately made a divisional officer when I am placed on my first ship or is this only after the junior warfare officer course? My other question is about the number of people in a division? I've seen people quote anything from 8 to 20. Any help on this would be much appreciated.
Life Management stuff, such as the Divisional System is covered in BR3, Part 5: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/reference-library/br3vol1/contents/part-5

Chapter 21, Part 2 on the above link covers the specific Duties of a Divisional Officer and there is a lot of them. Personally I found it one of the more rewarding parts about my job as a Chief Stoker although some view it as a bit of a chore. Must admit, I did get threaders with numpties asking for time off for their third granny's funeral (Bloody Scousers forgetting I'm one too. But talk posher).

Numerically, as has been stated, the size of your division varies and if the individual thinks their DO is crap, they are at liberty to switch to a more competent individual if they wish.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I must admit I quite enjoyed my time as a DO to Phase 2's at Raleigh, although, as NS says, the number of numpties who thought you'd spent your entire life in the Div office and tried it on got a bit wearing at time.

Most didn't realise you'd been there, done that and had the 9's yourself.
 

Sumo

War Hero
been there see it and don it. Had a fine and stoppage of leave at sea, stoppage finished before we made land. Never did 9's, shows how good the reggies weren't.
 

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