Step by step guide into the Navy 2021

Pats Nation

Badgeman
So after nearly a year I have some updates. I will explain Phase 1 at Raleigh in Covid terms and put a little bit about Phase 2 at Collingwood.

If your date is looming I’m sure your feeling some nerves we all get them, in your first week it is just a blur. You have to sign multiple bits of paperwork and your rushing around without a clue of what’s going on, this is normal.

You will constantly get told how bad you are as a class and you are the worst that has ever been through Raleigh it always happens.

Providing you are in the FB chat for your class you have an edge as you can chat amongst yourselves and get to know each other. If you are not I suggest you join, it makes life a lot easier.

Tips I wish I knew before I went, stick to the kit list you don’t need anything other than what is on there. You can get the odd few bits at the naafi (shop) when you are there.

Only use one towel the whole time you are there and re wash it, fold the other two nice and A4 and leave them in your locker for the two kit musters.

Concentrate on bodyweight exercises before you join, the 4 main exercises you will do are press ups, squats, squat thrusts and burpees (especially burpees) oh and the PTI’s love a sprint on the Astro. If you are doing weights throw them away they will not help you.

On your first week you have the swim test and 1.5 mile run, if you can practice some swimming then do it, it is much harder with a wetsuit on as it absorbs so much water making you weigh twice as much.

During PT sessions don’t move, don’t scratch, don’t blink or you will be down doing press ups. Don’t answer back just yes staff no staff. You will hear the phrase “play the game” believe me just play it and you will all make it through.

Simple things like sewing pins work wonders for getting stones out of your shoes and boots, polish the bottoms of your shoes aswell as it saves time.

The tip to Raleigh is finding shortcuts to things to make your life easier, learning how to iron and fold is a good start before you join.

As we are in the pandemic still it is face masks everywhere, you may miss things during your 10 week programme due to this but you should still get to do most of it and hopefully you get a pass out at the end as not many do at the mo.

Quick run though of each week.

1 - Paperwork. PowerPoint. Paperwork. You meet your div staff and all your other recruits, best thing you can do is get on top of your kit, you get 30 mins phone time Monday - Thursday in the evenings. Then some extra Friday and the Weekends but the quicker you get your kit squared away and understand how to iron and fold to A4 your laughing.


2 - Management get chosen this week usually on the Friday so if your interested make yourself known, I was management and tbh it was just extra stress and you get nothing from it.

You will be introduced to phys hence the need to learn how to iron your PT kit, If it is not up-to scratch you’ll be doing sprints or press ups.

Whenever you are heading to the classroom make sure you have a notepad and pen and your water bottle!

Do not be adrift (late) for anything as a class kick yourselves up the ass and be early, the DI’s say 5 mins before, my class did 10 mins before. You will get beasted for being 10 seconds late. You soon learn.


3 - This is MTU week which means you spend the week working on the SA80 rifle, it is a right laugh, you learn how to strip down the rifle and put it back together again.

After a few days of doing this if you are competent and pass your weapons handling test you get to fire 60 live rounds in different stances which is just awesome.

You won’t do any phys this week so use it to heal up and be ready for the weeks to come.

4 - This is the first tough week, you have to do your first kit muster, so iron and fold everything perfectly A4 and lay it out on your bed, lint roller everything after you have laid it out and check the posters on the walls to make sure it is correct.

By now with all the practice you have been doing you should be experts at folding to A4.

If you pass first time you are flying. Lots of people fail it first time so if you do don’t panic, your oppo’s will get behind you. You have three attempts so smash it the second time.

You also have more phys and pier cellars which is a good laugh. You go off base for 2 days and take part in different leadership tasks, obstacle courses, go for a nice dip in the pond and go for a massive trek the next day.

You get soaked on the first day so make sure you warm up and dry as much as possible by the fire as you will be getting into your dry kit before bed and changing into that hopefully damp kit at 3 in the morning when the DI’s come in with FIRE FIRE FIRE.

The following day is good you take your Bergen and go for a long hike, you see some good views on mine we managed to see a Type 45 in action just off shore and the weather just about held out for us.

5 - A bit of a slow one this week, you spend the week over at the seamanship school, it does drag and isn’t really useful unless you join as a Sea Spec, we couldn’t do much practical because of Covid so it’s lots of power points etc just try not to fall asleep.

You also get to go to Church each Sunday which I forgot to mention, you get to have a sing song and take part in the service if your not religious who cares get involved and sing to your hearts content.

6 - Week 6 is nearly all spent at JP Jupiter Point, this is probably the best week at Raleigh, you go off base again and go down to see the brecon.

You get to have a whizz round on some speedboats and drive some of the smaller ones, the instructors are so chilled and let you take nutty (snacks) so make sure you take advantage of that!

You also get to conduct a man overboard and see the ins and outs of what happens and where. And you see how cosy the racks are. (Beds).

7 - This is the worst week I would say, you have your last kit muster, hopefully you passed the first one first time so you will all be experienced enough to know what is expected.

You have to put out some extra kit for this one but it is easier than the first. If you suck at kit work with your oppo so you can do something for them and they do something for you it’s swings and roundabouts.

You also have Dartmoor during this week which is good fun but be prepared to crawl in the mud at some point. We didn’t get ready in time so all 60 of us ended up crawling through puddles and freezing cold mud at half 7 in the morning until the DI’s were satisfied.

I didn’t fill my canteen right to the top and thought it would be a good idea to add my energy drink sachet out of my ration pack to it, low and behold it got checked and ended up over my beret and down my back. In pretty much below freezing temps.

You do some map reading and build your tents, cook your scran on the portable cookers and get some kip. On the second day you go for your 20km hike. Things should start to dry up but we had bogs all over the place. And your feet will be killing afterwards so take blister plasters and some tape for your feet.

8 - Now usually you would get a couple nights ashore but due to Covid we had to stay on base the whole time.

This week you spend over the other side of camp learning first aid, saving a doll and doing Havoc which was my favourite part of the course.

You will be crapping yourself going down into that dark room that is literally flooding around you but you just do your best, one of my oppo’s was getting flung about and I couldn’t stop laughing so just enjoy yourselves.

9 - Now week 9 was different for us due to Covid we weren’t sure what was happening we couldn’t go back to the brecon so we just did phys and also found out we were still having a pass out but it would be the MONDAY of week 10 and not the Friday so luckily for us it got us out of our last exercise.

You have a POP meal (Pass Out Parade) but again we nearly didn’t get this due to Covid. You get to dress up and have a couple drinks with your DI’s and sing some karaoke! Finally a chance to just chill out and realise how close you are to the finish line!

10 - For this was pass out day! We didn’t have a full pass out but luckily we still had a chance to do a routine and be filmed so our family and friends could see us back home!

By the end of the 10 weeks you will say it flew. At the start it seems like a never ending mountain.

Stick together as a class and you will smash it, if your struggling make sure you talk to someone. There’s a reason you can’t PVR until after week 4.

It seems like hell to begin with but play the game and do what your told and you will soon find yourself laughing about how tough it once was.

If you have any questions at all bang me a message or slap something in here.

Im now at Collingwood which is a totally different ball game but 10x more relaxed.

However let’s look forward to the day Covid finally disappears so we can all have a couple of beers down the pub and enjoy the summer.
 
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Alfacharlie

War Hero
So after nearly a year I have some updates. I will explain Phase 1 at Raleigh in Covid terms and put a little bit about Phase 2 at Collingwood.

If your date is looming I’m sure your feeling some nerves we all get them, in your first week it is just a blur. You have to sign multiple bits of paperwork and your rushing around without a clue of what’s going on, this is normal.

You will constantly get told how bad you are as a class and you are the worst that has ever been through Raleigh it always happens.

Providing you are in the FB chat for your class you have an edge as you can chat amongst yourselves and get to know each other. If you are not I suggest you join, it makes life a lot easier.

Tips I wish I knew before I went, stick to the kit list you don’t need anything other than what is on there. You can get the odd few bits at the naafi (shop) when you are there.

Only use one towel the whole time you are there and re wash it fold the other two nice and a4 and leave them in your locker for the two kit musters.

Concentrate on bodyweight exercises before you join, the 4 main exercises you will do are press ups, squats, squat thrusts and burpees (especially burpees) oh and the PTI’s love a sprint on the Astro. If you are doing weights throw them away they will not help you.

On your first week you have the swim test and 1.5 mile run, if you can practice some swimming it is much harder with a wetsuit on as it absorbs so much watermaking you weigh twice as much.

During PT sessions don’t move don’t scratch don’t blink or you will be down doing press ups. Don’t answer back just yes staff no staff. You will hear the phrase “play the game” believe me just play it and you will all make it through.

Simple things like sewing pins work wonders for getting stones out of your shoes and boots, polish the bottoms of your shoes again it saves time.

The tip to Raleigh is finding shortcuts to things to make your life easier, learning how to iron and fold is a good start before you join.

As we are in the pandemic still it is face masks everywhere, you may miss things during your 10 week programme due to this but you should still get to do most of it and hopefully you get a pass out at the end as not many do at the mo.

Quick run though of each week.

1 - Paperwork. PowerPoint. Paperwork. You meet your div staff and all your other recruits, best thing you can do is get on top of your kit, you get 30 mins phone time Monday - Thursday in the evenings. Then some extra Friday and the Weekends but the quicker you get your kit squared away and understand how to iron and fold to A4 your laughing.


2 - Management get chosen this week usually on the Friday so if your interested make yourself known, I was management and tbh it was just extra stress and you get nothing from it.

You will be introduced to phys hence the need to learn how to iron your PT kit, If it is not up-to scratch you’ll be doing sprints or press ups.

Whenever you are heading to the classroom make sure you have a notepad and pen and your water bottle!

Do not be adrift (late) for anything as a class kick yourselves up the ass and be early, the DI’s say 5 mins before, my class did 10 mins before. You will get beasted for being 10 seconds late. You soon learn.


3 - This is MTU week which means you spend the week working on the SA80 rifle, it is a right laugh, you learn how to strip down the rifle and put it back together again.

After a few days of doing this if you are competent and pass your weapons handling test you get to fire 60 live rounds in different stances which is just awesome.

You won’t do any phys this week so use it to heal up and be ready for the weeks to come.

4 - This is the first tough week, you have to do your first kit muster, so iron and fold everything perfectly A4 and lay it out on your bed, lint roller everything after you have laid it out and check the posters on the walls to make sure it is correct.

By now with all the practice you have been doing you should be experts at folding to A4.

If you pass first time you are flying. Lots of people fail it first time so if you do don’t panic, your oppo’s will get behind you. You have three attempts so smash it the second time.

You also have more phys and pier cellars which is a good laugh. You go off base for 2 days and take part in different leadership tasks, obstacle courses, go for a nice dip in the pond and go for a massive trek the next day.

You get soaked on the first day so make sure you warm up and dry as much as possible by the fire as you will be getting into your dry kit before bed and changing into that hopefully damp kit at 3 in the morning when the DI’s come in with FIRE FIRE FIRE.

The following day is good you take your Bergen and go for a long hike, you see some good views on mine we managed to see a Type 45 in action just off shore and the weather just about held out for us.

5 - A bit of a slow one this week, you spend the week over at the seamanship school, it does drag and isn’t really useful unless you join as a Sea Spec, we couldn’t do much practical because of Covid so it’s lots of power points etc just try not to fall asleep.

You also get to go to Church each Sunday which I forgot to mention, you get to have a sing song and take part in the service if your not religious who cares get involved and sing to your hearts content.

6 - Week 6 is nearly all spent at JP Jupiter Point, this is probably the best week at Raleigh, you go off base again and go down to see the brecon.

You get to have a whizz round on some speedboats and drive some of the smaller ones, the instructors are so chilled and let you take nutty (snacks) so make sure you take advantage of that!

You also get to conduct a man overboard and see the ins and outs of what happens and where. And you see how cosy the racks are. (Beds).

7 - This is the worst week I would say, you have your last kit muster, hopefully you passed the first one first time so you will all be experienced enough to know what is expected.

You have to put out some extra kit for this one but it is easier than the first. If you suck at kit work with your oppo so you can do something for them and they do something for you it’s swings and roundabouts.

You also have Dartmoor during this week which is good fun but be prepared to crawl in the mud at some point. We didn’t get ready in time so all 60 of us ended up crawling through puddles and freezing cold mud at half 7 in the morning until the DI’s were satisfied.

I didn’t fill my canteen right to the top and thought it would be a good idea to add my energy drink sachet out of my ration pack to it, low and behold it got checked and ended up over my beret and down my back. In pretty much below freezing temps.

You do some map reading and build your tents, cook your scran on the portable cookers and get some kip. On the second day you go for your 20km hike. Things should start to dry up but we had bogs all over the place. And your feet will be killing afterwards so take blister plasters and some tape for your feet.

8 - Now usually you would get a couple nights ashore but due to Covid we had to stay on base the whole time.

This week you spend over the other side of camp learning first aid, saving a doll and doing Havoc which was my favourite part of the course.

You will be crapping yourself going down into that dark room that is literally flooding around you but you just do your best, one of my oppo’s was getting flung about and I couldn’t stop laughing so just enjoy yourselves.

9 - Now week 9 was different for us due to Covid we weren’t sure what was happening we couldn’t go back to the brecon so we just did phys and also found out we were still having a pass out but it would be the MONDAY of week 10 and not the Friday so luckily for us it got us out of our last exercise.

You have a POP meal (Pass Out Parade) but again we nearly didn’t get this due to Covid. You get to dress up and have a couple drinks with your DI’s and sing some karaoke! Finally a chance to just chill out and realise how close you are to the finish line!

10 - For this was pass out day! We didn’t have a full pass out but luckily we still had a chance to do a routine and be filmed so our family and friends could see us back home!

By the end of the 10 weeks you will say it flew. At the start it seems like a never ending mountain.

Stick together as a class and you will smash it, if your struggling make sure you talk to someone. There’s a reason you can’t PVR until after week 4.

It seems like hell to begin with but play the game and do what your told and you will soon find yourself laughing about how tough it once was.

If you have any questions at all bang me a message or slap something in here.

Im now at Collingwood which is a totally different ball game but 10x more relaxed.

However let’s look forward to the day Covid finally disappears so we can all have a couple of beers down the pub and look forward to the summer.
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BZ mate.
 
So after nearly a year I have some updates. I will explain Phase 1 at Raleigh in Covid terms and put a little bit about Phase 2 at Collingwood.

If your date is looming I’m sure your feeling some nerves we all get them, in your first week it is just a blur. You have to sign multiple bits of paperwork and your rushing around without a clue of what’s going on, this is normal.

You will constantly get told how bad you are as a class and you are the worst that has ever been through Raleigh it always happens.

Providing you are in the FB chat for your class you have an edge as you can chat amongst yourselves and get to know each other. If you are not I suggest you join, it makes life a lot easier.

Tips I wish I knew before I went, stick to the kit list you don’t need anything other than what is on there. You can get the odd few bits at the naafi (shop) when you are there.

Only use one towel the whole time you are there and re wash it fold the other two nice and a4 and leave them in your locker for the two kit musters.

Concentrate on bodyweight exercises before you join, the 4 main exercises you will do are press ups, squats, squat thrusts and burpees (especially burpees) oh and the PTI’s love a sprint on the Astro. If you are doing weights throw them away they will not help you.

On your first week you have the swim test and 1.5 mile run, if you can practice some swimming it is much harder with a wetsuit on as it absorbs so much watermaking you weigh twice as much.

During PT sessions don’t move don’t scratch don’t blink or you will be down doing press ups. Don’t answer back just yes staff no staff. You will hear the phrase “play the game” believe me just play it and you will all make it through.

Simple things like sewing pins work wonders for getting stones out of your shoes and boots, polish the bottoms of your shoes again it saves time.

The tip to Raleigh is finding shortcuts to things to make your life easier, learning how to iron and fold is a good start before you join.

As we are in the pandemic still it is face masks everywhere, you may miss things during your 10 week programme due to this but you should still get to do most of it and hopefully you get a pass out at the end as not many do at the mo.

Quick run though of each week.

1 - Paperwork. PowerPoint. Paperwork. You meet your div staff and all your other recruits, best thing you can do is get on top of your kit, you get 30 mins phone time Monday - Thursday in the evenings. Then some extra Friday and the Weekends but the quicker you get your kit squared away and understand how to iron and fold to A4 your laughing.


2 - Management get chosen this week usually on the Friday so if your interested make yourself known, I was management and tbh it was just extra stress and you get nothing from it.

You will be introduced to phys hence the need to learn how to iron your PT kit, If it is not up-to scratch you’ll be doing sprints or press ups.

Whenever you are heading to the classroom make sure you have a notepad and pen and your water bottle!

Do not be adrift (late) for anything as a class kick yourselves up the ass and be early, the DI’s say 5 mins before, my class did 10 mins before. You will get beasted for being 10 seconds late. You soon learn.


3 - This is MTU week which means you spend the week working on the SA80 rifle, it is a right laugh, you learn how to strip down the rifle and put it back together again.

After a few days of doing this if you are competent and pass your weapons handling test you get to fire 60 live rounds in different stances which is just awesome.

You won’t do any phys this week so use it to heal up and be ready for the weeks to come.

4 - This is the first tough week, you have to do your first kit muster, so iron and fold everything perfectly A4 and lay it out on your bed, lint roller everything after you have laid it out and check the posters on the walls to make sure it is correct.

By now with all the practice you have been doing you should be experts at folding to A4.

If you pass first time you are flying. Lots of people fail it first time so if you do don’t panic, your oppo’s will get behind you. You have three attempts so smash it the second time.

You also have more phys and pier cellars which is a good laugh. You go off base for 2 days and take part in different leadership tasks, obstacle courses, go for a nice dip in the pond and go for a massive trek the next day.

You get soaked on the first day so make sure you warm up and dry as much as possible by the fire as you will be getting into your dry kit before bed and changing into that hopefully damp kit at 3 in the morning when the DI’s come in with FIRE FIRE FIRE.

The following day is good you take your Bergen and go for a long hike, you see some good views on mine we managed to see a Type 45 in action just off shore and the weather just about held out for us.

5 - A bit of a slow one this week, you spend the week over at the seamanship school, it does drag and isn’t really useful unless you join as a Sea Spec, we couldn’t do much practical because of Covid so it’s lots of power points etc just try not to fall asleep.

You also get to go to Church each Sunday which I forgot to mention, you get to have a sing song and take part in the service if your not religious who cares get involved and sing to your hearts content.

6 - Week 6 is nearly all spent at JP Jupiter Point, this is probably the best week at Raleigh, you go off base again and go down to see the brecon.

You get to have a whizz round on some speedboats and drive some of the smaller ones, the instructors are so chilled and let you take nutty (snacks) so make sure you take advantage of that!

You also get to conduct a man overboard and see the ins and outs of what happens and where. And you see how cosy the racks are. (Beds).

7 - This is the worst week I would say, you have your last kit muster, hopefully you passed the first one first time so you will all be experienced enough to know what is expected.

You have to put out some extra kit for this one but it is easier than the first. If you suck at kit work with your oppo so you can do something for them and they do something for you it’s swings and roundabouts.

You also have Dartmoor during this week which is good fun but be prepared to crawl in the mud at some point. We didn’t get ready in time so all 60 of us ended up crawling through puddles and freezing cold mud at half 7 in the morning until the DI’s were satisfied.

I didn’t fill my canteen right to the top and thought it would be a good idea to add my energy drink sachet out of my ration pack to it, low and behold it got checked and ended up over my beret and down my back. In pretty much below freezing temps.

You do some map reading and build your tents, cook your scran on the portable cookers and get some kip. On the second day you go for your 20km hike. Things should start to dry up but we had bogs all over the place. And your feet will be killing afterwards so take blister plasters and some tape for your feet.

8 - Now usually you would get a couple nights ashore but due to Covid we had to stay on base the whole time.

This week you spend over the other side of camp learning first aid, saving a doll and doing Havoc which was my favourite part of the course.

You will be crapping yourself going down into that dark room that is literally flooding around you but you just do your best, one of my oppo’s was getting flung about and I couldn’t stop laughing so just enjoy yourselves.

9 - Now week 9 was different for us due to Covid we weren’t sure what was happening we couldn’t go back to the brecon so we just did phys and also found out we were still having a pass out but it would be the MONDAY of week 10 and not the Friday so luckily for us it got us out of our last exercise.

You have a POP meal (Pass Out Parade) but again we nearly didn’t get this due to Covid. You get to dress up and have a couple drinks with your DI’s and sing some karaoke! Finally a chance to just chill out and realise how close you are to the finish line!

10 - For this was pass out day! We didn’t have a full pass out but luckily we still had a chance to do a routine and be filmed so our family and friends could see us back home!

By the end of the 10 weeks you will say it flew. At the start it seems like a never ending mountain.

Stick together as a class and you will smash it, if your struggling make sure you talk to someone. There’s a reason you can’t PVR until after week 4.

It seems like hell to begin with but play the game and do what your told and you will soon find yourself laughing about how tough it once was.

If you have any questions at all bang me a message or slap something in here.

Im now at Collingwood which is a totally different ball game but 10x more relaxed.

However let’s look forward to the day Covid finally disappears so we can all have a couple of beers down the pub and look forward to the summer.

Enjoyed reading this! And very excited for the future! Thank you


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mick1199

Lantern Swinger
So after nearly a year I have some updates. I will explain Phase 1 at Raleigh in Covid terms and put a little bit about Phase 2 at Collingwood.

If your date is looming I’m sure your feeling some nerves we all get them, in your first week it is just a blur. You have to sign multiple bits of paperwork and your rushing around without a clue of what’s going on, this is normal.

You will constantly get told how bad you are as a class and you are the worst that has ever been through Raleigh it always happens.

Providing you are in the FB chat for your class you have an edge as you can chat amongst yourselves and get to know each other. If you are not I suggest you join, it makes life a lot easier.

Tips I wish I knew before I went, stick to the kit list you don’t need anything other than what is on there. You can get the odd few bits at the naafi (shop) when you are there.

Only use one towel the whole time you are there and re wash it fold the other two nice and a4 and leave them in your locker for the two kit musters.

Concentrate on bodyweight exercises before you join, the 4 main exercises you will do are press ups, squats, squat thrusts and burpees (especially burpees) oh and the PTI’s love a sprint on the Astro. If you are doing weights throw them away they will not help you.

On your first week you have the swim test and 1.5 mile run, if you can practice some swimming it is much harder with a wetsuit on as it absorbs so much watermaking you weigh twice as much.

During PT sessions don’t move don’t scratch don’t blink or you will be down doing press ups. Don’t answer back just yes staff no staff. You will hear the phrase “play the game” believe me just play it and you will all make it through.

Simple things like sewing pins work wonders for getting stones out of your shoes and boots, polish the bottoms of your shoes again it saves time.

The tip to Raleigh is finding shortcuts to things to make your life easier, learning how to iron and fold is a good start before you join.

As we are in the pandemic still it is face masks everywhere, you may miss things during your 10 week programme due to this but you should still get to do most of it and hopefully you get a pass out at the end as not many do at the mo.

Quick run though of each week.

1 - Paperwork. PowerPoint. Paperwork. You meet your div staff and all your other recruits, best thing you can do is get on top of your kit, you get 30 mins phone time Monday - Thursday in the evenings. Then some extra Friday and the Weekends but the quicker you get your kit squared away and understand how to iron and fold to A4 your laughing.


2 - Management get chosen this week usually on the Friday so if your interested make yourself known, I was management and tbh it was just extra stress and you get nothing from it.

You will be introduced to phys hence the need to learn how to iron your PT kit, If it is not up-to scratch you’ll be doing sprints or press ups.

Whenever you are heading to the classroom make sure you have a notepad and pen and your water bottle!

Do not be adrift (late) for anything as a class kick yourselves up the ass and be early, the DI’s say 5 mins before, my class did 10 mins before. You will get beasted for being 10 seconds late. You soon learn.


3 - This is MTU week which means you spend the week working on the SA80 rifle, it is a right laugh, you learn how to strip down the rifle and put it back together again.

After a few days of doing this if you are competent and pass your weapons handling test you get to fire 60 live rounds in different stances which is just awesome.

You won’t do any phys this week so use it to heal up and be ready for the weeks to come.

4 - This is the first tough week, you have to do your first kit muster, so iron and fold everything perfectly A4 and lay it out on your bed, lint roller everything after you have laid it out and check the posters on the walls to make sure it is correct.

By now with all the practice you have been doing you should be experts at folding to A4.

If you pass first time you are flying. Lots of people fail it first time so if you do don’t panic, your oppo’s will get behind you. You have three attempts so smash it the second time.

You also have more phys and pier cellars which is a good laugh. You go off base for 2 days and take part in different leadership tasks, obstacle courses, go for a nice dip in the pond and go for a massive trek the next day.

You get soaked on the first day so make sure you warm up and dry as much as possible by the fire as you will be getting into your dry kit before bed and changing into that hopefully damp kit at 3 in the morning when the DI’s come in with FIRE FIRE FIRE.

The following day is good you take your Bergen and go for a long hike, you see some good views on mine we managed to see a Type 45 in action just off shore and the weather just about held out for us.

5 - A bit of a slow one this week, you spend the week over at the seamanship school, it does drag and isn’t really useful unless you join as a Sea Spec, we couldn’t do much practical because of Covid so it’s lots of power points etc just try not to fall asleep.

You also get to go to Church each Sunday which I forgot to mention, you get to have a sing song and take part in the service if your not religious who cares get involved and sing to your hearts content.

6 - Week 6 is nearly all spent at JP Jupiter Point, this is probably the best week at Raleigh, you go off base again and go down to see the brecon.

You get to have a whizz round on some speedboats and drive some of the smaller ones, the instructors are so chilled and let you take nutty (snacks) so make sure you take advantage of that!

You also get to conduct a man overboard and see the ins and outs of what happens and where. And you see how cosy the racks are. (Beds).

7 - This is the worst week I would say, you have your last kit muster, hopefully you passed the first one first time so you will all be experienced enough to know what is expected.

You have to put out some extra kit for this one but it is easier than the first. If you suck at kit work with your oppo so you can do something for them and they do something for you it’s swings and roundabouts.

You also have Dartmoor during this week which is good fun but be prepared to crawl in the mud at some point. We didn’t get ready in time so all 60 of us ended up crawling through puddles and freezing cold mud at half 7 in the morning until the DI’s were satisfied.

I didn’t fill my canteen right to the top and thought it would be a good idea to add my energy drink sachet out of my ration pack to it, low and behold it got checked and ended up over my beret and down my back. In pretty much below freezing temps.

You do some map reading and build your tents, cook your scran on the portable cookers and get some kip. On the second day you go for your 20km hike. Things should start to dry up but we had bogs all over the place. And your feet will be killing afterwards so take blister plasters and some tape for your feet.

8 - Now usually you would get a couple nights ashore but due to Covid we had to stay on base the whole time.

This week you spend over the other side of camp learning first aid, saving a doll and doing Havoc which was my favourite part of the course.

You will be crapping yourself going down into that dark room that is literally flooding around you but you just do your best, one of my oppo’s was getting flung about and I couldn’t stop laughing so just enjoy yourselves.

9 - Now week 9 was different for us due to Covid we weren’t sure what was happening we couldn’t go back to the brecon so we just did phys and also found out we were still having a pass out but it would be the MONDAY of week 10 and not the Friday so luckily for us it got us out of our last exercise.

You have a POP meal (Pass Out Parade) but again we nearly didn’t get this due to Covid. You get to dress up and have a couple drinks with your DI’s and sing some karaoke! Finally a chance to just chill out and realise how close you are to the finish line!

10 - For this was pass out day! We didn’t have a full pass out but luckily we still had a chance to do a routine and be filmed so our family and friends could see us back home!

By the end of the 10 weeks you will say it flew. At the start it seems like a never ending mountain.

Stick together as a class and you will smash it, if your struggling make sure you talk to someone. There’s a reason you can’t PVR until after week 4.

It seems like hell to begin with but play the game and do what your told and you will soon find yourself laughing about how tough it once was.

If you have any questions at all bang me a message or slap something in here.

Im now at Collingwood which is a totally different ball game but 10x more relaxed.

However let’s look forward to the day Covid finally disappears so we can all have a couple of beers down the pub and look forward to the summer.
Cheers for this lad! Puts the mind at rest seeing all of it laid out in front of you like that. I’m due to start 24th May, can’t wait. Hopefully covid has nashed off by then so I can actually have a pass out. However, I now have a new fear...karaoke with my oppos!
 

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Badgeman
This is my experience so far, I understand there are many threads on this topic already but one more won’t hurt as it may help a couple of you in a similar process. Also if your like me and enjoy hearing other people’s stories it’s a nice read for you.

1) Recruitment Test

I started my application in January 2019, my careers advisor then contacted me a week or two later by email saying I had my RT (Recruitment Test) booked in at my local office for 6th March.

I went in a shirt and tie and arrived early, always make a good first impression as some arrived late which didn’t go down too well. The test itself was quite straight forward but maybe buy a book to help revise as the timings can catch you out.

I needed to score high enough for Engineering Technician Weapons Engineering (ETWE) as that is the position I wanted. After the test you have to wait a good hour to find out your fate and luckily I passed first attempt, I was even told I scored high enough to go in as an officer but that wasn’t what I wanted.

You are given multiple forms for eye tests and a medical questionnaire to fill out.

2) Eye Test and Medical Questionnaire

Fill out your medical questionnaire ASAP after your RT the same day if possible and get it sent off so capita can contact you via a phone medical.

You have to contact your local boots and book in your appointment, it is again nice and easy just a regular check up of your vision. They check the backs of your eyes and you do the good old eye test A E I O U etc, you then get your results to take with you and get them sent off.

With the medical questionnaire be as honest as possible because Capita WILL find out every little detail of your history.

3) Capita phone call

My careers advisor then emailed me to say capita would be in contact within 7 days, this turned out to be more like 30 days. Capita then emailed me with a date and time of the phonecall, which was in my case 6th April.

Make sure you have enough time as they may call early or late and the phone call lasts for a good 30 mins detailing what you have put down on your medical questionnaire hence the need to be honest.

Now with me being 27 and a bit broken due to lots of sport and being accident prone I failed my phonecall due to some back pain and a hip condition I had, this made me Temporarily Medically Unfit (TMU) from all the other forums I have read Capita will fail you and make you TMU for almost anything.

I also had multiple other injuries from the past such as a broken ankle and broken wrist and they also wanted to know about a hernia I had when I was 11 months old haha crazy huh?

So I was told I could either appeal the decision or reapply at a later date, I chose to appeal which I believe everybody should do, don’t get disheartened by a set back you can and will overcome the obstacle. Just remember there is no such thing as a smooth mountain.

I went to my GP as I had to prove I was fit for the Royal Navy and I knew I was, so after multiple visits to the GP and a local physio I had two letters and all of my medical history in order ready to send to Capita to appeal the decision.

This took me the best part of 5 months as I was being passed from pillar to post and things can only move so fast, but I was finally in a position to get all the documents sent off and I did so.

I had to wait a good 3-5 weeks to hear back from the appeal and I WON! I had a face to face medical booked in for the 6th October.

4) Interview

I was given my interview date via the portal around the same time I found out my appeal had been passed.

I again dressed smart and arrived early, you are in there for around 40-50mins and it is very relaxed! We spoke about all sorts but I would say revise the ships in the navy and the three bases.

A question that threw me was, What is your least proud moment? So have a think incase you get asked, these questions may not come up but it’s good to know.

I was told at the end of the interview that I had passed, I didn’t have to wait like some others have had too. I was given some more paperwork and a navy news, I was also given my vetting paperwork to fill out the same day when I got home!

5) Face to Face Medical

Now the medical side of things still wasn’t over for me haha! I attended my medical appointment with the correct ID, now I wore joggers and a t shirt but if you want to go smart with a change of clothes you can.

It is over within 20 mins and is nothing to worry about, eye test and ear test, quick check of your teeth, press ups walk like a duck you will have no problem.

We also had a chat about my medical history and why I thought I was fit to join, it got to the end and he said I’m happy your fit however your blood pressure was elevated after multiple attempts. (Really... Never had an issue before.)

So again I was made TMU and had to prove I didn’t have high blood pressure as I was reading 140/70 unsure why maybe it was nerves.

Back to the GP again and I had to book in 3 seperate appointments with a nurse to have my blood pressure taken to show it was within the normal range, I bought a blood pressure reader to try at home so I was satisfied it was a one off and I could relax in the surgery.

I had the 3 appointments then a 4th with my GP who was happy my readings were okay they were all around 125/68 which is normal for my age and weight. This took another 5 weeks or so to complete.

I then received an email saying I had a date for my medical notes to be looked at by one of the Capita DR’s which was 14th November.

My Careers Advisor then called me randomly on the 16th November to explain my documents had been reviewed and it had to be approved by a Chief Medical Officer.

So finally I received a call again from the Careers Advisor on the 20th November saying it had all been reviewed and I had finally passed the medical side of things! Happy was an understatement!

He explained on the phone I can now book in for my fitness test at a local gym my nearest one was over an hour away.

6) Fitness Test

I booked my fitness test in for 27th November, for 9am. I set off early but even though I left at 7am I still only just managed to arrive at 8.55 the traffic was something else.

Filled out some forms and had a quick H&S brief and the dreaded blood pressure thank god it was normal!

Height and weight and then onto the run, 2.4km for my age 25-29 it was under 12mins 42, but the other times are 15-24 year olds 12mins 16, 30-34 year olds 13 mins 09 and 35-39 year olds 13mins 37 this is according to the navy website as of today!

I managed the test in 10.47 which was okay but I was hoping for under 10.30 which I will get when I have my PRNC.

I then let my Careers advisor know and he applied for my date which is the point I am at now!

I hope this all makes sense, excuse any spelling or grammar mistakes! Any questions please ask and I will continue to update when I hear anything further!

Thoroughly enjoyed your posts, I was at Raleigh in the early 90’s and got wasted at the Plume of Feathers in Princeton on the Sunday Lunchtime pub meal immediately after Dartmoor Exped. I guess they don’t do the pub meal anymore, and you guy certainly wouldn’t due to COVID.

Iirc the only seamanship that was done at Raleigh when I was there was by us Dabbers who stayed behind for another week in a different division to complete that then on to Part 2 after that.


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Badgeman
Thoroughly enjoyed your posts, I was at Raleigh in the early 90’s and got wasted at the Plume of Feathers in Princeton on the Sunday Lunchtime pub meal immediately after Dartmoor Exped. I guess they don’t do the pub meal anymore, and you guy certainly wouldn’t due to COVID.

Iirc the only seamanship that was done at Raleigh when I was there was by us Dabbers who stayed behind for another week in a different division to complete that then on to Part 2 after that.


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We were all looking forward to the pub lunch and a cheeky pint but that was cruely taken away from us a week before due to ofcourse the delight that is Covid. I can always pop an update on here every so often keep you older boys interested ;)
 

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