Signing up advice

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by StephanieMcK, Mar 7, 2013.

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  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
  2. OMM

    OMM War Hero

    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.
  3. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Are you his guardian?
  4. 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. OMM

    OMM War Hero

    Are you jealous of people who haven't served knowing about the navy?

    Being well revised passed me my interview and if I want to advise others then I will.
  7. thanks for your information OMM
  8. 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.
  9. OMM

    OMM War Hero

    Well anything on the current recruiting process, I can answer.

    Knowledge of service life and going away I will leave to the oldies.
  10. 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
  11. Fixed that for you, no charge =-D
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  12. 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.
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  13. OMM

    OMM War Hero

    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.
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  14. Fixed that for you old chap. ;-P
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  15. 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
  16. 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
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
  17. 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.
  18. If you or your son are interested in finding info about the Royal Marines and the joining process, the finest resource on the interweb is -

    PRMC - Potential Royal Marines Course forum - Official Site

    You will find up-to-date answers on virtually every question that can ever be asked, both for a recruit, and a parent.
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