Seaman Specialist waiting period

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
BloodyPirate! said:
the seaman spec waiting times,
is it counted from basic training completion
or after phase 2?

The waiting times quoted refer to the start point at which an applicant passes the recruiting test, to their eventual entry date when they begin phase one basic training.

The times quoted assume that all elements of selection are completed immediately without delays for test fails, interview fails, medical queries, PJFT fails or security clearance delays.
 

mattbea

Banned
rikbones: Its actually a 36 month waiting period for sure! but do not worry just keep fit for all this time period over the next 3 years ;)
 

Tampon

Midshipman
Is this because 1) There isn't a need for many at the moment. 2) There's large amounts of applicants or 3) A combination of the two?

I fancied CT, and looking about it doesn't seem hugely popular. I'm not sure if that's down to a fairly high RT score or if many just aren't needed, so I could expect a long waiting time? I guess I'll have to pop into my local AFCO and quiz them.

I digress a bit here but anyway, I've read on here and in the news that current aims are to shrink tha Navy by some size. Is this a contributing factor to the long waiting times? Or has it always been like this, and just the fact they can only train so many at any given time?
 

BLUEsu

Midshipman
Tampon said:
Is this because 1) There isn't a need for many at the moment. 2) There's large amounts of applicants or 3) A combination of the two?

I fancied CT, and looking about it doesn't seem hugely popular. I'm not sure if that's down to a fairly high RT score or if many just aren't needed, so I could expect a long waiting time? I guess I'll have to pop into my local AFCO and quiz them.

I digress a bit here but anyway, I've read on here and in the news that current aims are to shrink tha Navy by some size. Is this a contributing factor to the long waiting times? Or has it always been like this, and just the fact they can only train so many at any given time?

The CT branch have 2 intakes a year, 16 recruits in total. My start date is for October 2010, and my careers advisor told me there were lots of people behind me aswell on the list. So yeah, you're gonna be waiting a long time aswell. :)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
There are simply a finite number of jobs available. We aren't a charity, so we just employ those we need.

The longer the waiting list, the less applicants required & vice-versa.

Quite often the reason for a shorter waiting list is not because it isn't a good job but merely because the recruiting test scores are so high that few are eligible.

Conversely some of the shorter waiting times are due to the fact that a trade is expanding it's manpower base on the newer ships & submarines.

The biggest danger & waste of space, time & money are those individuals that join-up in one trade, hoping to transfer to another, then blaming everyone else when they discover they can't.
 
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