Royal Navy Interview - Seaman Spec

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  1. Although I know this topic may has arisen before, I was just wondering if I could get any pointers on what to study up for my interview and anything about this particular job that is not in the sub standard brief of 'Seaman Specialist' on the website.

    Would love an insight to anyone who has done this job, or knows of it as I know it is a fairly new role?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    If the "sub standard brief" is inadequate for interview, it beggars the question how you know the brief is sub standard and if it is, why on earth does the job appeal to you?

    I do however agree, the online brief is crap and that a lot of Sea Specs join in the assumption they are going to be spending their days bombing-about in RIBs with "Ride of the Valkyries" blasting out of their iPods, firing GPMGs from the hip, because that's what it suggests on the website. The branch tends to overlook the need to explain to potential recruits they need to learn morse for light signalling and will undertake mundane tasks and training, such as "ship husbandry" (cleaning, painting, oiling & greasing fittings & equipment), maintainence procedures of sea survival equipment, etc., and many find to their surprise and consternation there is a lot of classroom work when they undertake branch training.

    The origin of branch is not new, incidentally, it goes back to the days of "hoisting main engines" to get underway, well before the technical trades were introduced (with the exception of cabbage mechanic).

    For the interview, the detail required, common to all branches is the content of Initial Naval Training at HMS Raleigh and for each branch, the basic content, location and duration of training. Have a shufty at the RYA Powerboat courses and content such as navigation, communication, sea safety, boat handling, basic "rule of the road", launching & recovering, etc. to give you an idea of what the branch is about.

    Good luck.
  3. I understand what your saying, and 'sub standard' in retrospect may not have been the best terminology to use. However i have spoken to people about the job already, and have researched a fair amount to understand that unfortunately i will not be blasting about in the RIBs 24/7.

    I am aware of some of the other tasks that need to be undertaken as a seaman spec, however would love any details i could get and so thankyou for the bits you have put!

    I was aware the origin of the branch is not new, however i was under the impression that the actual title 'Seaman Specialist' was fairly new?

    Appreciate the detail in to which you went though, and all noted.


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