Seaman Spec

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  1. Hi, I'm new to the forum so apologies if this is in the wrong place, or has already been asked, however I have searched the forums but couldn't find any answers for my question.

    Whats the average day-to-day routine of a Seaman Spec, and I understand that there may not be a 'average' but how often would I be painting, or some of the other, not so 'exciting' jobs?

    Thanks
     
  2. Depends if you're on boats or skimmers. If boats, none at all while at sea, you just sit around in the mess loafing and watching movies.

    Skimmers, all the time in between scrubbing out, getting your messmates meals, dhobying their laundry and making up their pit..
     
  3. Probably going to sound a bit stupid now...

    But, what do you mean by Boats and Skimmers?
     
  4. "Boat" is Royal Navy slang for a submarine.

    "Skimmer" is Royal Navy slang for a ship or someone who works on one.
     
  5. O ok thanks, and I have no intention of going Submarines, mainly because I'm female :)

    I guess what I want to know is, how often will I be doing the things mentioned on the website.

    "- Steering the ship, operating as lookout, monitoring ship routines and communicating with other ships

    -Crewing the fast rigid inflatable boats in all kinds of conditions

    -Resupplying the ship at sea, anchoring and berthing the ship and maintaining equipment on the upper deck

    -In times of action, operating the ship's close-range weapons from the upper deck and being part of the team that loads the long-range weapons and ship's decoy systems

    -In port, using rifles to protect the ship from close-range attack or sabotage"
     
  6. Work it out for yourself, 90% scrubbing chipping painting etc.
     
  7. So, what you're saying is, that most of the time, it's painting and cleaning the ship, and you only rarely get to do anything mentioned on the website, anything 'exciting'?
     
  8. Depends what you mean by exciting, some people get turned on using a windy hammer.
     
  9. Ha, well personally I wouldn't find painting tremendously(sp?) exciting...
     
  10. Celeron

    Best advice on this will come from either Supermario or Ninja Stoker, who are both Royal Navy Careers Advisors. Look out for them on here.
     
  11. And was that all sarcasm...

    Also I have no idea what most of those abbreviations mean, however, is gash like rubbish disposal?
     
  12. Higs old mate your slipping up in your old age, new female and no mention of a BJ yet :p
     
  13. You have come up with the right words there Celeron, as long as you recognise it as 'sarcasm' and not insults, then you have what it takes to not only join in, but to come back with something better.

    Your half way to being a good sailor already. Go for it girl, you will enjoy it as it's not all about painting and work. Sunbathing on the flight deck when in sunny climes is also part of the routine.

    One thing you will benefit from is true and loyal mates, something you are unlikely to achieve in civvy street.
     

  14. This is an extremely good question, because as you probably know the Sea Specialisation has changed considerably in the last couple of years from a 'sideways' entry branch of a relatively small number of 'deepr' specialists to a wider branch that encompasses the wider seaman roles as well as the former more specialised ones (as you gain in experience and seniority) as well as Tactical Communications Support on the bridge (I don't want to turn this into a Buntingry post PCP discussion as that wasn't the original question - no doubt been covered in plenty of threads already anyway).

    Cleanin. scrubbing, painting, and other maintenance will be a big part of your life whichever branch you join, but 90% is an exaggeration.

    Steering the ship etc - needs to be done 24/7 when at sea and is done by your branch - so you will do it when on watch.

    Boats crew - done by your branch - not a 24/7 job, but a fairly regular occurrence when at sea.

    Resupplying, anchoring ... - fairly regular at sea. Maintaining the upper deck - very regular at sea - any equipment in a salt water environment needs a lot of looking after. It isn't a glamorous job, but it is an important one - when you want to pull the anchor up you want the winch to actually work not be rusted up.

    In times of action - well action may not happen that often, but being ready for action is a fundamantal part of a number of deployments, and training for it is all part of being a warship.

    Acting as an upper deck sentry and security guard (not very exciting when nothing is happening but still very important) is prob a more accurate way of wording the last point, but again, it is a 24/7 job in port.


    If you want to know what a Sea Spec's routine is then try to talk to someone who is one or has been recently, and who is willing to give you a balanced view. I am not, and am not claiming to be, but am just trying to rebalance some of the more cynical responses. EVERYONE on board has an important role to play - RN ships don't have passengers.
     
  15. Cheers soleil
    I’m sat in a office miles from any thing to do with the navy and just finished reading your links
    for the seaman specialist on the Royal Navy web site have not laughed so much in years.

    Steering the ship, operating as lookout, monitoring ship routines and communicating with other ships

    Crewing the fast rigid inflatable boats in all kinds of conditions

    Resupplying the ship at sea, anchoring and berthing the ship and maintaining equipment on the upper deck

    In times of action, operating the ship's close-range weapons from the upper deck and being part of the team that loads the long-range weapons and ship's decoy systems

    In port, using rifles to protect the ship from close-range attack or sabotage

    god it sounds great
    being part of that weapons team 1 in 2 scrubbing out to lay polish for the other watch to scrub out and lay polish
    I now know what it is I’m missing. * all
    Think I will rejoin
    I cant wait to load them decoys and steer the ship and wow be a look out and monitoring ship routines they make being QM sound great
     
  16. A female semen specialist ay? Hmm...
     
  17. Take my advice, I joined as a seaman in '65 and remained one until '80.
    I was a PO.
    But then I started thinking about what do I do in "Civvy st". So I did a re cat and was lucky as not every one was allowed to. Not much call for bends and hitches around here and they took the guns out of our street yonks ago.
    Do a trade that you can follow on demob. I came out with my new trade in '89 and it got me a good job be it I only left as a leading hand and got a smaller pension. :lol:
     
  18. Well thanks I guess :)

    I'm not applying yet, I'm waiting until September, incase of change my mind, but I don't think I will as the Navy seems to offer me everything I want.

    Thanks again.
     
  19. What are your educational qualifications Celeron. the better the qualifications the larger the branch choice.
     

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