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Submariners not allowed to transfer to GS?

Mike777

Badgeman
I'm considering a career in submarines, but I see in the Navy regulations (chapter 51 or some such) that "Submariners do not have the right to transfer to general service" and that it's normally only allowed on medical grounds. So my question is this. If it turns out that being on a boat drives me mental, would I just have to leave the RN completely and rejoin to go on ships?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
If you read it carefully it says you "do not have the right" to transfer, it doesn't mean you can't but it depends on other factors such as how many are needed in your branch, how many are needed in the branch you want to go in etc.

It's written like that because you can't transfer from Phase 1 or 2 training except under exceptional circumstances.

When I was a Phase 2 DO to wannabe submariners in Raleigh we always had someone who opted for submariner to get in early and then tried to switch saying that "the AFCO told me I could"

As NS and SM will confirm, that's not the case. Polto was there the same time I was doing the same job and he and I would be rich men if we had £1 everytime we heard that one in the office.
 

Polto

War Hero
If you read it carefully it says you "do not have the right" to transfer, it doesn't mean you can't but it depends on other factors such as how many are needed in your branch, how many are needed in the branch you want to go in etc.

It's written like that because you can't transfer from Phase 1 or 2 training except under exceptional circumstances.

When I was a Phase 2 DO to wannabe submariners in Raleigh we always had someone who opted for submariner to get in early and then tried to switch saying that "the AFCO told me I could"

As NS and SM will confirm, that's not the case. Polto was there the same time I was doing the same job and he and I would be rich men if we had £1 everytime we heard that one in the office.
I am rich...I charged a fiver for everyone I converted...:eek:ccasion1:
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
So what you're saying is that you CAN transfer, but you really shouldn't?

What I'm saying is it is POSSIBLE once you've completed ALL training and got to the fleet and qualified but it's not a given.

It ain't easy and not many manage it unless it's for medical reasons.
 

witsend

MIA
Book Reviewer
I'm considering a career in submarines, but I see in the Navy regulations (chapter 51 or some such) that "Submariners do not have the right to transfer to general service" and that it's normally only allowed on medical grounds. So my question is this. If it turns out that being on a boat drives me mental, would I just have to leave the RN completely and rejoin to go on ships?

Hmmmmmmm,

Things changed a number of years ago. You now join up as a submariner, rather than reach phase 2 and go through the underwater lottery. If you turn out to be a spaz then the surface fleet 'MIGHT' take you on, but that's after you have actually been a submariner.


Edit, I was being a tad harsh.
 
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