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Some questions about Logistic officers

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
I'm not being rude, but you seem to want to join a Service which operates 24/7/365 all over the globe, doing some difficult jobs in hard places, and to join a branch consistently oversubscribed by exceptionally high quality candidates, and you still are more concerend about getting a shore posting so that you 'can have weekends off'.

The RN is a serious commitment - you can't plan on the assumption that you'll be home most weekends, that you'll do a 9-5 and thats it. This is a lifestyle and a service that sucks you in, and expects a huge amount from you in return for superb rewards. If you are not 100% certain that this is for you, then I would suggest you dont' waste time applying for Logs Officer at AIB - there are hundreds of candidates who have really wanted this since school and understand the deal. You would be better served going RNR and doing work more easily on your terms, as I don't think from your posts that you are really mentally committed to an RN career at the moment.
 

Pwdrin

Midshipman
Ye I understand what you are saying. But I have been wanting to join the RN for while, I then decided that I will join the NHS or something. Mainly because I wanted to be a pilot and knew there was no hope.

I am commited and want to be on the sea but I feel that my life will have to be put on hold and don't know if im, ready. I've been thinking about joining and find it so hard as I'm in a real realationshop and everything right now.

I also want to be able to settle down that's why Log officer as a career it gives me skills I can take outside the RN
 

Pwdrin

Midshipman
Ye I understand what you are saying. But I have been wanting to join the RN for while, I then decided that I will join the NHS or something. Mainly because I wanted to be a pilot and knew there was no hope.

I am commited and want to be on the sea but I feel that my life will have to be put on hold and don't know if im, ready. I've been thinking about joining and find it so hard as I'm in a real realationshop and everything right now.

I also want to be able to settle down that's why Log officer as a career it gives me skills I can take outside the RN
 

Guzzler

War Hero
If you are concerned that serving in the Royal Navy is 'putting your life on hold' and your main reason for entering is to provide a step into a civilian career you are clearly not committed.
 

NZ_Bootneck

War Hero
Not committed?
He's made 10 posts on here that does it for me.
You'll be expecting him to do something drastic like visit an AFCO next! 8O
 

Graf

Lantern Swinger
Pwdrin said:
Ye I understand what you are saying. But I have been wanting to join the RN for while, I then decided that I will join the NHS or something. Mainly because I wanted to be a pilot and knew there was no hope.

I am commited and want to be on the sea but I feel that my life will have to be put on hold and don't know if im, ready. I've been thinking about joining and find it so hard as I'm in a real realationshop and everything right now.

I also want to be able to settle down that's why Log officer as a career it gives me skills I can take outside the RN

You go on and on as if when you join the navy your life just stops. It doesn't, in fact you will experience things in the navy that you will never get the chance to experience in "normal" life.

You will get your time off, be it weekends or during leave periods, and if it's settling down with a guy/girl (equal ops and all that) you've got just as much chance of doing that in the mob as outside it. If your worried that your other half won't stand by you as you go to sea for upto 6 months, then maybe you should be taking a long look at your relationship. When your at sea, it's not going to be 6 months solid at sea and with most trips, you might even get the chance to fly your other half out for a week or two at some really nice stops (think barbados etc)

So stop your whining and take a good look at your life, if you still aren't sure, then don't bother wasting the AFCO guys time.

[edited for crap spelling]
 

hamisatypeofcheese

Lantern Swinger
Pwdrin said:
Swan met is still down the road mun! =P

Would working in a shore base mean that weekends are free? If so I will serve 12 years no worry =P My father has been away all my life and I'm fine!

What other roles are availible shore base? As I know onboard you are fire etc.

Sorry about quick reply I'm school and on phone.

Just out of interest, why Swansea Met and not University of Wales Swansea?
 

Pwdrin

Midshipman
Ok guys so what your all really saying is if you have to think about the future your not ready for the RN?

I went to the office when I was 15, nealy 3 years ago. Sat the tests and failed by one mark in english. This was the first job I ever went for so it knocked me down so much (Was 16 at this time).

Now I am thinking about joining and the future and I'm not commited? Did no1 else have to think before joining?
 

Pwdrin

Midshipman
hamisatypeofcheese said:
Pwdrin said:
Swan met is still down the road mun! =P

Would working in a shore base mean that weekends are free? If so I will serve 12 years no worry =P My father has been away all my life and I'm fine!

What other roles are availible shore base? As I know onboard you are fire etc.

Sorry about quick reply I'm school and on phone.

Just out of interest, why Swansea Met and not University of Wales Swansea?

Met offers accounting basically, also thought of Bangor, but its miles away and I will have to pay for house etc
 

tommo

War Hero
Pwdrin said:
Ok guys so what your all really saying is if you have to think about the future your not ready for the RN?

I went to the office when I was 15, nealy 3 years ago. Sat the tests and failed by one mark in english. This was the first job I ever went for so it knocked me down so much (Was 16 at this time).

Now I am thinking about joining and the future and I'm not commited? Did no1 else have to think before joining?

If you ready for the RN why you worried your "life will stop"?

The RN is 24/7 all year. It doesn't stop for you cos you want to go home. The way you have posted already shows you are not ready for that life.

You already seem to want to jump ship before you are already in.
 

Blackrat

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
Pwdrin said:
Now I am thinking about joining and the future and I'm not commited? Did no1 else have to think before joining?

I didn't give two hoots about the future when i joined up. But then again, i joined the Army in a job that in warfare, had a life expectancy of around 3 minutes. However, having been to war, i'm still here. Sometimes in life you can be too careful. Live a little.
 

Pwdrin

Midshipman
I know its 24/7 and i havent said im not willing to go on a ship. I am willing actually think i'd rather it, but that doesn't mean I'll always want to be onboard. I might want to go ashore and get some exp of how that works. Having the chance to go home on the weekend would be a great, but if i get to go home for a week every few months, im fine with that.
 

Graf

Lantern Swinger
Pwdrin said:
I know its 24/7 and i havent said im not willing to go on a ship. I am willing actually think i'd rather it, but that doesn't mean I'll always want to be onboard. I might want to go ashore and get some exp of how that works. Having the chance to go home on the weekend would be a great, but if i get to go home for a week every few months, im fine with that.

1. You won't always be onboard a ship. As an officer you will have shore drafts.

2. Leave is a privilage not a right. If the ship/unit requires you to work weekends / over leave periods, you will. Deal with it. That said you will get the chance to go home regularly

3. There are thousands of people in the navy that have great family lives, why should you be any different.
 

Pwdrin

Midshipman
Im asking these questions because I have no idea how things are in the RN. The only person I know in the RN is a First aid intructor in Raleigh.So he goes home every weekend and has all the time he has been in the RN apart from one month or so he spent on duty abroad. So asking about how much time I get off etc is to find out how I can spend my civvey life.

I think I pritty much have the leave question sorted, any more and Ill get even more of a slating like. So if any1 can answer the other questions please :D
 
A

angrydoc

Guest
You need to go and have a chat with your AFCO.

The concern that I and all the other posters on this thread (all long-standing RN personnel) have is that your tone and concerns are not really in keeping with a career in any of the Armed Forces. You seem more concerned about what life after the RN will hold rather than showing any kind of commitment to the RN. AIB will be tough for you if this is true - the Board is very good at finding people who arn't really into it. If you manage to get past AIB then your time in the RN will be miserable.

You need to have a good think, and a chat to your school careers advisor and the AFCO. Your concern about your current relationship is good, but bear in mind that you are still pretty early on in your life and letting a teenage relationship dictate your future life may not be the wisest course of action.
 

Pwdrin

Midshipman
Thanks, organised to chat with careers teacher monday, he was busy today. Will look into visiting the AFCO in July, currently having exams and what not.
 
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