Signing up advice

#1
Hello everybody,

i am new to this website and i have some questions to ask about the Royal Navy.
My nephew who is 16 wants to join the Navy and i am worried about his decision, i will allow him but i want to know as much as i can before he signs up, basic things Like ;

how long he has to sign up for
where and when he will be away on duty
how long training takes, i think there is 3 phases? im not entirely sure, but how long each phase takes
And how can he keep in touch with his family here in Darlington

Any help would be great thanks
 

OMM

War Hero
#2
All these details of service are on the Official RN website.

Basic training is 10 weeks at HMS Raleigh. Trade training will follow (Phase 2) and will vary in length depending on the branch he wants to join.

He will be away for however long and wherever he is needed, it's impossible to give specific dates and lengths but it can be upto 9 months at a time.

He will be able to remain in contact.

Current recruiting time varies with branch but is about 24 months on average so he will most likely be 18 by the time he starts training.
 
#5
As for how long he signs up for, initially it's for 18 years although he can leave in the first 6 months. If he stays it's a 4 1/2 year return of service (roughly), after that he can submit 12 months notice.

One of the recruiters who post on here can give a more definitive answer.
 
#6
As for how long he signs up for, initially it's for 18 years although he can leave in the first 6 months. If he stays it's a 4 1/2 year return of service (roughly), after that he can submit 12 months notice.

One of the recruiters who post on here can give a more definitive answer.[/QUOTE]

Bollox to that OMM has all the answers!
 
#9
thanks for your information OMM
Be advised (and no offence to OMM) but he hasn't joined yet so knowledge of routines, time away etc will only be hearsay and what's been picked up on here or by research. Passing the interview isn't a biggy in the great scheme of things. If you can tell us what branch your nephew intends going for then those that are serving/have served in that branch can give you more of an idea.
 

OMM

War Hero
#10
Well anything on the current recruiting process, I can answer.

Knowledge of service life and going away I will leave to the oldies.
 
#11
Well its for the Royal Navy and he was interested in either being on the surface of the ship, i think its called a Seaman Specialist or a Crew Handler i can't remember the names, but he is interested in that or the Royal Marines Commando. His decision has not been made yet, he is finding out more information but i want to know as much so i can help him in his as-well.
Is the sign up time different from the original Royal Navy jobs to the Commando's? If so what are the differences please
 
#13
Well its for the Royal Navy and he was interested in either being on the surface of the ship, i think its called a Seaman Specialist or a Crew Handler i can't remember the names, but he is interested in that or the Royal Marines Commando. His decision has not been made yet, he is finding out more information but i want to know as much so i can help him in his as-well.
Is the sign up time different from the original Royal Navy jobs to the Commando's? If so what are the differences please
I don't know about any difference between the time scales as the Marines are part of the Navy so should be the same. If he wants surface fleet then it would be Seaman Specialist. By Crew Handler (RN crews are known as ships companies BTW) I'm assuming he means Aircraft Handler which is Fleet Air Arm. Both have > 18 months waiting time.
 

OMM

War Hero
#14
Royal Marines recruitment is alot faster at current and now is probably the best time to join in recent years (from a reliable source).

If a candidate is fully prepared for the RM process they may well get a start date in a matter of months.

PJFT requires them to run 2x1.5mile (2.4km) on treadmill at 2% incline with 60 seconds between each. The first run is to take 12:30 (or faster) and the second one is to be completed under 10 minutes.

He will also have to pass a 3 day PRMC selection course at the commando training centre royal marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone, Devon. which will be very physically demanding.

On passing PRMC he will be offered a recruit training date to start training at CTCRM. Training is 32 weeks.
 
#15
Royal Marines recruitment is alot faster at current and now is probably the best time to join in recent years (from a reliable source).

If a candidate is fully prepared for the RM process they may well get a start date in a matter of months.

PJFT requires them to run 2x1.5mile (2.4km) on treadmill at 2% incline with 60 seconds between each. The first run is to take 12:30 (or faster) and the second one is to be completed under 10 minutes.

He will also have to pass a 3 day PRMC selection course at the commando training centre royal marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone, Devon. which will be very physically demanding.

On passing PRMC he will be offered a recruit training date to start training at CTCRM. Training is 32 weeks.

Oh and a set of balls and some strength of mind
Fixed that for you old chap. ;-P
 
#16
I take it the training is included during those 18 months?
And do you know the terms and conditions of singing up? how long you are aloud until you can leave if he doesn't like it?
Thanks for all the advice it is really helpful
 
#17
Well its for the Royal Navy and he was interested in either being on the surface of the ship, i think its called a Seaman Specialist or a Crew Handler i can't remember the names, but he is interested in that or the Royal Marines Commando. His decision has not been made yet, he is finding out more information but i want to know as much so i can help him in his as-well.
Is the sign up time different from the original Royal Navy jobs to the Commando's? If so what are the differences please
You do him no favours by doing it for him. Point him in the direction of your local Armed Forces Careers Office, so he can talk to some people who have A. Answers that will be specific to his case, and B. Will have been around a bit and done some time in the job (maybe even in the role/s he is considering). There may well be school visits coming up at his school, and there are careers fairs.

There is a massive difference in job role between Seaman Specialist and Royal Marine. Although I'm sure some will say there is not. ;P
 
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#18
I take it the training is included during those 18 months?
And do you know the terms and conditions of singing up? how long you are aloud until you can leave if he doesn't like it?
Thanks for all the advice it is really helpful
As I said earlier, he has the right to leave for the first 6 months, after that it's return of service. As Tentoes said, it's best if he goes to his nearest AFCO and actually talk to a recruiter.
 
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