Seaman specialist

Seaspec

Newbie
Hi I am interested in joining as a Seaman Specialist but just wondering if anyone knows the waiting time? Just wondering because I'm 25 already and don't wanna be to old when joining
 

fishhead

War Hero
Hi I am interested in joining as a Seaman Specialist but just wondering if anyone knows the waiting time? Just wondering because I'm 25 already and don't wanna be to old when joining
Don't worry you're just a boy compared to some that are joining. Even if the waiting time is 10 years you'll still get in.
PS I don't think it is by the way:)
 

Rob8967

Midshipman
I thought I was too old going in at 23 until I went on my PRNC and found at at least half the class was 26+ even a couple 34 year olds! No need to worry about your age
 

Shipspotter

Badgeman
As a search mainly asks for waiting times etc, does anyone know what the phase 2 training pipeline is for a Seaman Specialist?

I believe it’s a 10 month course where you go to both HMS Raleigh and Collingwood but what things do you have to learn other than painting and RASing?

Many thanks
 

crash_evans

Lantern Swinger
@Shipspotter Here is a quick and dirty breakdown of Phase 2 SEA training in HMS Collingwood:
  • The Tactical Communication part of the course lasts for 15 weeks
  • They are taught Fleetwork, Tactical Voice and Visual Signalling which are all assessable
  • First exam is Tactical Voice.
  • The remaining exams will be in the final weeks of the course with Fleet work Exam Week at week 17, and the Fleet work and Visual Signalling Exams in the final two weeks. (There are six exams in total during this course and 10 progress tests)
  • Once the TCS course is completed they will do Basic Sea Survival before going to Raleigh for the final 10 weeks of their Phase 2 training.
I am sure there are a few SEA Specs about who can tell you about what they do down at RAL now as it will have changed since I did my 4 weeks seamanship as a baby OM in 1997...

Best of luck to you.
 

Shipspotter

Badgeman
@Shipspotter Here is a quick and dirty breakdown of Phase 2 SEA training in HMS Collingwood:
  • The Tactical Communication part of the course lasts for 15 weeks
  • They are taught Fleetwork, Tactical Voice and Visual Signalling which are all assessable
  • First exam is Tactical Voice.
  • The remaining exams will be in the final weeks of the course with Fleet work Exam Week at week 17, and the Fleet work and Visual Signalling Exams in the final two weeks. (There are six exams in total during this course and 10 progress tests)
  • Once the TCS course is completed they will do Basic Sea Survival before going to Raleigh for the final 10 weeks of their Phase 2 training.
I am sure there are a few SEA Specs about who can tell you about what they do down at RAL now as it will have changed since I did my 4 weeks seamanship as a baby OM in 1997...

Best of luck to you.
Brilliant, many thanks for this information, I’m really torn between this spec and warfare spec at the moment!!
 

crash_evans

Lantern Swinger
I could say we put the WAR in Warship, but it all depends on what you enjoy doing..

Like say 8 hours a day in a dark room, watching a RADAR/SONAR screen.
 

Shipspotter

Badgeman
I could say we put the WAR in Warship, but it all depends on what you enjoy doing..

Like say 8 hours a day in a dark room, watching a RADAR/SONAR screen.
I’ve always thought of a Seaman Specialist as a proper Navy job in terms of all the RASing etc, I don’t mind painting or cleaning, it’s all part of the job to me!!
 

crash_evans

Lantern Swinger
I spent more time RAS-ing than most of the dabbers on board.
Yes, yes they did - bless em. I do feel sorry for the loggies. Because RAS is sort of logistics, that meant they would be involved (usually putting the distance line out and sleeping in the FWD breakwater on a 42)..
 

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