Several RFA questions

#1
Hi, new member here with a few questions which may seem basic for you, but I cannot find out the full answers.

First of all I wanted to start as a Seaman Grade 2 Deck Rating. Does this position no longer exist? Has it been replaced by Seamanship Apprentice?

As I understand, (if I join as Seamanship Apprentice) I spend 10 wks at HMS Raleigh. Do I get any qualifications/certificates here and which ones?

Then it's a Week and a half sea survival at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth including firefighting, damage control, gas mask fitting and testing, security module etc.

So is that 11 and a half weeks in a row, with no leave? Do I get any qualifications/certificates here and which ones? Is this the STCW certs?

Then you all (your course) go on your first 4 month deployment together with a mentor. Any leave in between again and do Seamanship Apprentices do this?

Then back to Raleigh for for weeks phase 2 where you do boatwork and your EDH exam.

Then 4 weeks leave then you join the same ship for another 4 month deployment.

You may get you tickets all signed off in that trip so you become an SG1 but that depends on your ships programme.

Then another 4 weeks leave the join a ship for 4 months where you will hopefully be signed off competent and then into the

3 months off 4 months on routine.

On completion of your Apprenticeship, you may be offered a full Company Service Contract as a Seaman Grade 1AT. So from the first day I turn up at HMS Raleigh, how long is my apprenticeship?

Is Seaman Grade 1AT an Able Seaman?

When do I get my Navigational Watch Rating Certificate.


Sorry so many questions.
 
#7
For what it’s worth, the shore based training is Monday - Friday. At Collingwood, the base shuts down pretty much from Friday afternoon - Sunday night / Monday morning. Your weekends are your own. I’m almost certain Raleigh will be the same.
 
#9
Yeah well it seems people on here can't answer any questions put to them. I'll try again. If I join as an apprentice seaman, how long will I stay and apprentice? After that, do I go to SG2? How long at SG2 before becoming an SG1?
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
#10
Yeah well it seems people on here can't answer any questions put to them.

I'll try again. If I join as an apprentice seaman, how long will I stay and apprentice? After that, do I go to SG2? How long at SG2 before becoming an SG1?
Sorry that the question / answer turnaround times don’t meet your requirements.

With your attitude, the answer to your ‘how long’ question is;

while your arse points downward, never.
 
#11
Its not the question/answer turnaround times, its the fact that no-one can answer the questions. And your attitude is just as bad.
Me thinks most of you are just pretending to be/have been in the Navy, that's why no-one can answer, and simply insult. Pathetic.
 

guns1969

Lantern Swinger
#13
Its not the question/answer turnaround times, its the fact that no-one can answer the questions. And your attitude is just as bad.
Me thinks most of you are just pretending to be/have been in the Navy, that's why no-one can answer, and simply insult. Pathetic.
If you don't like it, - **** off and join the army.
 
#18
JamesBlackadder The Seaman apprenticeship lasts for two year.At which point they will keep you on at Seaman grade 1AT or send you back to civvy street.Seaman SG2 doesn't exist now.
 

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