Submariner life, could anyone shed any light?

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
abc123 your post is confusing, is he going to apply as Rating (which means going to Raleigh) or Officer (which is Dartmouth)?
As things stand most if not all Boats will be a Faslane, if he wants to work in Scotland he will probably get his wish (or if he doesn't if it comes to that)!
 

pompeyexpat

War Hero
You're absolutely correct, if he joins as a Wafare Specialist (Submariner) then he will undertake his Initial Naval Training at Raleigh, which is 10 weeks long and during which leave is not usually granted. That said, there is a new intake most weeks and so if seasonal leave falls during their training then they will get leave. As a WS(SM) his Phase 2 training will also be at Raleigh. I'm not sure how long that is but the RN website will have the details. Weekend leave is granted during Phase 2. If he wants to go to Faslane after that for his subsequent training and service I can't see that being a problem.

Time away once qualified is dependent on what platform he's serving on and its tasking and so the question can't really be answered at this range. It can vary from days or weeks to 9 or 10 months. Glasgow is plenty close enough to commute. Living in the area already, I'm sure you know enough about Helensburgh not to want to move there!

And of course the separation can cause issues in some relationships, others survive years of Naval life. That is entirely down to you and your other half. I've been a submariner for over 25 years, and while it hasn't always been a bed of roses my marriage has endured.
 

JockJack

Badgeman
I do understand that there can be a significant wait between initial application and setting foot inside Raleigh,
I have been told by one of the people from my local AFCO office that for the role I have applied for in the Subs that the waiting list is around two months.
 

JockJack

Badgeman
Do you mind me asking what role?
Warfare Specialist Tactical


Is that two months including the tests, fitness tests, interview etc or two months after those have taken place?
She made it out to be both. She did say that the Submarine Service would take me on very quickly due to them being so short on recruits she said it may be 2 weeks or 2 months after my tests are all done.
 

Logi

Midshipman
@pompeyexpat I quite like living in helensburgh, it's a lovely town, the married patch is really good community is great and scenery around here is beautiful :)
 

Logi

Midshipman
It's hardly a golden Sandy beach but never the less is a beautiful view from my living rooms and bedroom looking out at the sea and a nice walk along the front to the park in the sun is a damn sight better than walking past brick buildings and litter on the floor and a horrible murky canal in the town I used to live In haha
 

JockJack

Badgeman
It's hardly a golden Sandy beach but never the less is a beautiful view from my living rooms and bedroom looking out at the sea and a nice walk along the front to the park in the sun is a damn sight better than walking past brick buildings and litter on the floor and a horrible murky canal in the town I used to live In haha
Can't say the beach we have here in my town is any better. At least we can see ships berthed up next to Dunfirmline as well as the Forth Road/Rail Bridge. Adding to that we see lots of Merchant ships sailing up and down every day. Due to a rather controversial oil plant close to us we can no longer smell the salty sea air.
 

JockJack

Badgeman
For just now I wouldn't be moving out my home town (about 50mins drive from Helensburgh) as I am the main bread winner and will be for a while.
It makes sense financially to stay here and keep my LO in school, having family around to help with childcare as I work.

Perhaps in the future it may be possible to relocate and reduce my teaching hours/work supply, leaving me clear for childcare and we rely more on OHs wage (obviously if we get married too) and rent our home out.
Good luck to you however it goes fella!
 

fishhead

War Hero
@abc123, I am impressed at the amount of thought you have already put in to having an OH as a submariner. If you're looking for stability once he has been appointed to a boat the best to volunteer for are the Trident boats which have two complete crews and alternate 3 months(approx.) at sea and 3 months catching up with leave and courses etc. As there is always one boat at sea this can mean your OH could be away at main holiday periods(such as Christmas) and also there is very little communication available during the patrol.
As long as you are going into this with your eyes open there should be no problem maintaining your relationship.
Good luck whichever way you chose to go.
 

pumber21

Badgeman
Hey

Just a quick dit from me, I finished Raleigh recently and am now in my phase 2 as a WESM and we no longer get a preference between SWS and TWS. The drafting process is made before we even turn up at Raleigh for WESMs.

So now, each whole entry of WESMs is drafted completely SWS or TWS, there's no choice anymore!
 

BillyNoMates

War Hero
I would like to shed some light on the subject of submarines.
Here's a photo of my pit. I took it a very long, long time ago.
You shed any light on my bunk - you got verbally and physically
abused. Simple.

Bunkspace.JPG
 

pompeyexpat

War Hero
@pumber21, were you given no choice at all and just got to Raleigh to get told whether you were SWS or TWS? Or are you getting asked at the AFCO what your preference is?
 

pumber21

Badgeman
No choice at all! Yeah mate, when I arrived at Raleigh there was a chit on the bulkhead that just said WESM SWS training pipeline and boom, that was us.

Nope, no preference at the AFCOs either.

Not sure if it's the same for Warfaries
 
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