Thinking of giving it a whirl. Officer selection questions.

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  1. Hi all

    As my name says I'm an ex-pongo and fancy a change, thinking about the Navy or the Raf and undecided. I have a good degree from a great Uni and 4 A levels AAAB that I have done since leaving, my sticking point is that my GCSE's were rubbish at school as to be honest I hated being there. Now this has changed, and I do have 4 C+ in english, maths, IT and one other random. I also have my Army Quals, which amount to not much outside the forces. Ie Trade Quals, ect. Just wondered if the Navy would be interested in someone like me? Im 28 and left as a JNCO.

    Excuse the abbreviations I'm in a hurry. And hope you lot can guide me or at least point me in the right direction of how to approach this.

    Cheers all

    Smelly pongo (but you love them really)

  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Welcome to the site.

    As you're aware, you'll need the additional GCSE to join as an Officer, however you may wish to apply for officer from within the service, after joining as a Rating (Other Rank).

    If you get the random addtional GCSE, you could feasibly make the cut for Logistics Officer if you have a non-vocational degree, or Engineering Officer if you have an Engineering/Science or IT degree, Medical Officer if you have a medical degree, Nursey if you have a nursing degree & a couple of years post-grad experience, Padre if you have a theological degree & relevant (drinking/swearing/preaching) experience. For Direct Entry Officer Warfare & RM Officer are not available due to age parameters unfortunately.

    For technical Rating trades you need to be under age 30 upon joining, so you'll need to get a move-on as some technical trades have waiting times of 14/18 months upwards.

    Best of luck
  3. thanks for the info

    Well, looks like I am lumped in the loggy side of things, as I have an LLB. Which really limits my choices me thinks. What's logistics like as a job? I would prefer not to join the ranks as I have been there got many t-shirts and got promoted to the top of the S*it heap, being a full screw with rec for sgt I don't think I can go back to being a crow/sprog/any navy term that fits. Think I would be booted out for trying to hurt someone very quickly (ha ha).

    I will prob pop into an AFCO and have a little chat with them, cant harm things. Little gutted that warfare is out of the question as its one of the things I would have loved, oh and pilot ofc but then everyone wants to be one. Might have to bite the bullet and do the unthinkable.......... no not suicide............ join the RAF :S
  4. Thanks for the links.

    Erm I suppose I could do History, or English Lit as I have both as A levels so would be easy. Though I will try to find one that takes the least time, I'm a pretty bright chap or so they say so, a GCSE cant to be hard to smash through, or can it? Been a while since I saw a GCSE paper so I might be a total mong and be wrong. I will have a look at local colleges and see if they do short courses, might do a few as learning stuff helps (or so I'm told).

    Pongo (had a wash a few days ago)
  5. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    Smelly Green Chap,

    Don't discount becoming a filthy Pusser too easily. Warfare looks all well and good but with a smaller Fleet and your age your chances of making the cut and becomiong XO/CO are fairly limited, IMHO.

    Loggies have a failry broad remit, your LLB and life experience may even see you be considered for further legal training, alternatively our duvet stacking brethren work with Cdo forces and in the Joint arena, you may have a lot to offer there?

    Engineering, seems a step too far for one with a LLB?

    The RAF will pose similar issues as the RN for entry and may even be harsher. You'll definately not get selected for Aircrew or Engineering, RAF Regt perhaps? And be careful of their AdminSec/PersSec branch which seems far more constrained than our Pussers- you could find yourself running a Mil HR team. The Crabs do also have an Intelligence branch and whilst that may be a laughable oxymoron most of the time it may suit you as a career?

    Hope you get sorted.
  6. Hmmm good points.

    Well now you put it that way It does not seem that bad, I was very green (you know running around, sweaty, clueless) and my trade was actually Communications (you know big green dishes and bits of wire) and I spent time at EW. You name it I can build it, or a bad copy. I would like working with the booties, have done before and they can be fun, so maybe it ain't all bad. Though I am a in the thick of it person, hate being on the outside for op's and the like. Will have to give it a real good think, and if all else fails I can apply for the army (pffffffff now that last resort, though I'm tempted by ammo tech) or come to think of it Raf weapons operator would be nice, spent some time working with them too (I get around).

    Pongo (if my pants don't stick to the wall, they ain't getting changed)
  7. Go loggie submariner, plenty of extra watchkeeping duties apart from loggie stuff, you'll only do 1 submarine sea draft as a loggie and you've already cracked the non-dhobey bit (oh...and extra pay)
  8. Ha ha, yes I would fit in as a smelly submariner, things are looking up on that front. :D
    As for the GCSE stuff... thanks for that soleil some good info there. Seem pretty easy to me, now I just have to find out where I can do them, would prefer not to have to sit in a class while someone talks at me about a subject i have a degree in :p pompous I know. The law one should be a walkover, if not I want a refund for my 30k education. ha ha

    Pongo (doing it my way.........badly)
  9. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    14SR/LEWT - or NI Romeo Troop? If you are up for it, RM Officer and then Y Sqn.

    "big green dishes and bits of wire" kind of sums up how most of the RSigs I know (esp. Officers) come across :laughing2: I'll burn for that......:-D
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011
  10. I rather got the impression that Y Sqn wasn't really an Officer's vegetable....
  11. The only Officer at Y Sqn when I was attached to them 18 months ago was the OC, a Major.
  12. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    That is true at the moment, but I used to work with the previous uncumbent who inferred that capability may be expanded. In any case it's something to aim for and a really interesting area. When they were out in Afg and the OC let me have a wander about and a brief listen/see what they can do I was hugely impressed.

    This thread does make me wonder - if I was going to join again now [and didn't know any of the crap that I do now] which Service would I join and what trade/specialisation would I aim for. Crikey thats an interesting notion.....
  13. I'm not sure how their capability can be expanded when they don't have enough numbers at the moment!
  14. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    That is the exact point; well in two ways you can achieve it - better technology and more people to apply that technology in more places.

    But of course, all depends on dosh!!
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011
  15. Which of course all comes down to money!
  16. And I'm willing to bet a very small amount of money that he has probably never done a Land EW job before. Hell, he may not have even been a Comms Spec.

    Any ground rules - starting now, or when we originally joined, etc etc!?
  17. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    Starting now. Looking at the Services from an 18-22yrs olds eyes.
  18. Pongo Officer - Inf (probably a good county regiment), then on to work with our mutual friend. You?!


    or RM LC Officer. That looks like fun.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011

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