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The Which Guide To Joining The RN (v1.0 Lil's)

witsend

MIA
Book Reviewer
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trelawney126

War Hero
Re: The Which Guide To Joining The RN

No this is absolutely the right section for this one.
i recently took my daughter up to the Plymouth Offices, Doors were sadly found to be exactly as stated.
First question......Army, Air Force or Navy ........."Navy!" was her proud reply.
Second question.."Can you swim?"
Daughter replies "Don't you supply ships?"............

Guess its the ratings route for her.... :wink:
Unless the defence cuts were more stringent than I thought :cry:
 

Polto

War Hero
Re: The Which Guide To Joining The RN

witsend said:
I just started it. I think Lil's members should expand and continue the guide. Hopefully ninja will make it a sticky. :roll:
Personally I would just like to add that I think you are talking bollocks. And yes, I am shitfaced - you cannot believe howmany back spaces I have had to do...etc etc...
 

NZ_Bootneck

War Hero
Re: The Which Guide To Joining The RN

Applicants for the Royal Marines should arrive 5 minutes before opening or any appointment, to ensure that the wrinkles have a chance to come out of their dress, from where they've been sitting down during transportation to the AFCO.
RM applicants are also reminded that the musical apptitude test is carried out directly after the PJFT, so ensure that you've developed your lung capacity to cover not only the run but also the trombone/bugle/tuba (Dependant on which instrument is available at your local AFCO.) blowing test and that your upper body strength is capable of the sustained drum roll test. Reputedly one of the toughest Recruitment Tests in the World.
For the interview study up on the role of the Royal Marines, what the Units do and their future deployments, equipment used by the Royal Marines and most important of all memorise the last issues of Paris Vogue, FQ and Harper's Bazaar. A general understanding of High Fashion, although not stricly nescessary at this early stage, would show enthusiasm and could score brownie points.
 

yamyamdabber

War Hero
The use of the AFCO

The AFCO is only there to provide you with the paperwork and provide you with a place to do the tests etc etc.

If you have any questions what so ever, however important, they must not REPEAT not be directed to your AFCO or you will be put to the bottom of the list and your personal details filed under bravo.

Instead there is a wealth of knowledge on the internet. The most useful of these sites is www.navy-net.co.uk. On there there are loads of people who are more than happy to divulge there wealthes of knowledge on the young thrusters (and thrustettes) wishing to join the senior service. They will not engage in witty banter with you when you ask the most bone questions or abuse you when you ask what colour pants should be taken to Raleigh. They will instead take you under there wing until the glorious day you pass out "into the fleet". This website is a must for all young jack's and jenny's.
 

Drakey

War Hero
If you don't like what you hear from the AFCO staff, come on here and ask as many times as you like until you receive an answer that is the same as the one your mate told you down the pub.
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Some buckshee AIB answers:

Q "Is there any reason you did not put engineering down as a choice?"

A "Because (Sir!) I like a bit of fresh air and don't want to be seen in dirty overalls"


Q " ... ditto ... Logistics?"

A "Because (Sir!) Mummy says they are not really gentlemen"


Q " ... ditto ... aircrew?"

A "Because (Sir!) I was told that only fools and birds fly, and birds don't fly at night"


Q " ... ditto ... submarines?"

A "Because (Sir!) I don't like being constipated, although I realise one would no longer stink of Diesel. Sir."


Q " ... ditto ... the Royal Marines?"

A "Because (Sir!) I want to use my excellent brain to kill the Queen's enemies not my bare hands in case the enemy has some nasty communicable disease. Plus I thought a hot shower and a dry sherry when I come off duty might not always be available. Sir."


Q (despairing and exasperated) "Why do you want to be an Officer?"

A "Because one has always known that one is sent by God to rule over the lower orders."


Q "One last question - can you find your way to the Gosport ferry?"
 

flymo

War Hero
Re: The Which Guide To Joining The RN

NZ_Bootneck said:
Applicants for the Royal Marines should arrive 5 minutes before opening or any appointment, to ensure that the wrinkles have a chance to come out of their dress, from where they've been sitting down during transportation to the AFCO.
RM applicants are also reminded that the musical apptitude test is carried out directly after the PJFT, so ensure that you've developed your lung capacity to cover not only the run but also the trombone/bugle/tuba (Dependant on which instrument is available at your local AFCO.) blowing test and that your upper body strength is capable of the sustained drum roll test. Reputedly one of the toughest Recruitment Tests in the World.
For the interview study up on the role of the Royal Marines, what the Units do and their future deployments, equipment used by the Royal Marines and most important of all memorise the last issues of Paris Vogue, FQ and Harper's Bazaar. A general understanding of High Fashion, although not stricly nescessary at this early stage, would show enthusiasm and could score brownie points.

What, like triangle?
 

NZ_Bootneck

War Hero
Re: The Which Guide To Joining The RN

flymo said:
NZ_Bootneck said:
Applicants for the Royal Marines should arrive 5 minutes before opening or any appointment, to ensure that the wrinkles have a chance to come out of their dress, from where they've been sitting down during transportation to the AFCO.
RM applicants are also reminded that the musical apptitude test is carried out directly after the PJFT, so ensure that you've developed your lung capacity to cover not only the run but also the trombone/bugle/tuba (Dependant on which instrument is available at your local AFCO.) blowing test and that your upper body strength is capable of the sustained drum roll test. Reputedly one of the toughest Recruitment Tests in the World.
For the interview study up on the role of the Royal Marines, what the Units do and their future deployments, equipment used by the Royal Marines and most important of all memorise the last issues of Paris Vogue, FQ and Harper's Bazaar. A general understanding of High Fashion, although not stricly nescessary at this early stage, would show enthusiasm and could score brownie points.

What, like triangle?
Damn it man have you not heard of EquipSec? :wink:
 
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canteenflat

Guest
Seaweed said:
Some buckshee AIB answers:

Q "Is there any reason you did not put engineering down as a choice?"

A "Because (Sir!) I like a bit of fresh air and don't want to be seen in dirty overalls"


Q " ... ditto ... Logistics?"

A "Because (Sir!) Mummy says they are not really gentlemen"


Q " ... ditto ... aircrew?"

A "Because (Sir!) I was told that only fools and birds fly, and birds don't fly at night"


Q " ... ditto ... submarines?"

A "Because (Sir!) I don't like being constipated, although I realise one would no longer stink of Diesel. Sir."


Q " ... ditto ... the Royal Marines?"

A "Because (Sir!) I want to use my excellent brain to kill the Queen's enemies not my bare hands in case the enemy has some nasty communicable disease. Plus I thought a hot shower and a dry sherry when I come off duty might not always be available. Sir."


Q (despairing and exasperated) "Why do you want to be an Officer?"

A "Because one has always known that one is sent by God to rule over the lower orders."


Q "One last question - can you find your way to the Gosport ferry?"
Beware of the trick question " Are you pottie trained?"
 
Having secured entry to the establishment (only open forenoons wednesdays - but not every wednesday as staff need weekends too) do not be disheartened if your "Good Morning" is met by directions to the Met Office.
 

NZ_Bootneck

War Hero
WTF are you dribbling on about?
I think this fantastic first post by this new member refers to CPOGIs/RM DLs response to "Good Morning Chief/First Drill." namely "What's fuggin' good about it?" etc.
Either that or you're correct and the Mllllaaaarrrrr is strong in this one.:slow:
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Methinks he's watched the film "We Were Soldiers" once too often and is paraphrasing the excellent Sgt Major and one of his lines.

Stealing quips and passing them off as your own...tsk tsk.

Edited to add if you've not seen the moviie

New Sgt..."Good morning Sgt Major"

Sgt Major...."Are you the fcuking weather man now"
 
More of an insiders tip from me.

The windows on all AFCO's are one way, that means you can look in but the staff inside cannot look out. So, armed with this knowledge use the window as a giant full lenght mirror to check yourself over before entering the AFCO. Check your appearance, scratch your nuts and re-arrange them so everything is comfortable. Sort your cleavage, align your tights etc. Squeeze any random zits, work your jaw and lips so your not tongue tied when you first walk in. Practice saying your openning lines, even if it's "hello sailor" or "Good morning sir" and see how it looks in your reflection. Pat your hair down, check if any "pit" sweat is showing etc.

All AFCO's have gym equiptment, tread mill etc, if money is tight or a gym unaccesible just ask to use there stuff. They are here to help you.

In short, use the window as your last chance saloon to make sure everything is tickety-boo.
 
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pinkprincess

Lantern Swinger
"The forms and what to wear"

So you've come this far, dodged the glare of the disco ball, the lure of spending some time in a trench pretending to be a slug and negotiated the door. You have also, probably for the first time, communicated with another person face to face instead of on facebook. Its a scary world, but give yourself a pat on the back for coming this far.

The forms.

This is when it becomes tricky. I would advise the P's, piss poor prep prevents.... blah blah blah, but you'll learn all about that later on. Its best to have your mummy or daddy help you out here. They have been changing your nappy and wiping your arse since birth. They probably keep safe your passport, birth certificate and know your national insurance number. Its also a safe bet they know you better than yourself. Its also time to put away the crayons and colouring pencils. Infact, if you miss using pencils the RN fills in its logboards in HB. Most adults fill forms in black ink, so your multi-coloured comedy pen should be avoided. Its best you use block capitals, the world and more importantly the careers advisor might not be ready for your version of joined up writing. It is hoped you can spell your name, but have a dictionary handy because all those years of texting might have dulled your spelling ability.

What to wear?

Always a tricky decision, but what your mates think shouldn't really come into it. Sports direct or JJB gear might look cool on a friday night down the local park and impress the girls, but its best you let mummy wash them when you pay a visit to the careers office. No worries, unless you have been working at Micky-Ds and sampling the product, your old school trousers, black shoes and white shirt will do. Borrowing one of daddies smart ties will set the new look off and impress the careers staff. Remember first impressions. If you binned your school uniform thinking I'll never need that again, then its off to Asda George with your mummy.

Remember, take your time filling out the forms, dress to impress and keep your wits about you.



Next time in The Which Guide To Joining The RN, " RNAC and fit to fight"

A duty which will now be undertaken by yourself for the next 22 (unless you take redundancy), but only when the RN tells you how and when. After that, you are well and truly alone, expected to look after yourself!

Good luck with that.
 
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