US Navy & British Navy

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by Stefan_grainger, Oct 17, 2008.

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  1. This may sound like a bone question but there is a reason for asking.
    Are there any differences between how the British are trained compared to the USA?

    I.e for my role as a Seaman Specialist what will vary in learning Seaman skills?

  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    I'm waiting to stand corrected, but the only person truly qualified to advise you of the differences in training between the RN & USN are those that have either been trained by both or who have trained both.

    Such individuals, are probably from the RN Flag Officer Sea Training organisation who train many navies besides ours. Whilst having been a FOST damage control & firefighting instructor myself, I never had the pleasure of teaching our colonial cousins unfortunately, but would guess the biggest difference is in the terminology rather than the "nuts & bolts" of what we're trying to achieve.
  3. So am I right in saying that teachings such as Signalling and Deck Seamanship would be the same as a whole?

    reason I am asking is that I have managed to get hold of an old US seamanship training manual which is about 300 pages long, it is dated 1993 and I want to know if this would be worth browsing or would most of the literature be out dated now? the full list of contents are: watches, Watchstanders equipment, Marlinespike Seamanship, Deck Seamanship and Boat Summary.

    Thanks in advance.
  4. Stefan, how exactly have you managed to acquire so many manuals. You visited a car boot with an old matelot selling off his old manuals or something? lol.
  5. I just like to try learn as much as I can, I never took my GCSE's so I am making up for lost time and when something interests me I tend to research it to the death lol

    Found this great PC game too called Brain Trainer 1 & 2 similar to the DS version of Brain Training but this is much better, great for learning and mastering the basics, some of the games are like the Psychometric test for the RN so I wish I had got my hands on this before taking my exam, I still passed but maybe would of got a higher pass rate.
  6. Stefan, I would suggest that you ditch this Yankee manual which is 15 years out of date and let the RN train you the way they want you to be trained using current best practise . You won't gain any advantage reading the book and in fact it could mislead you.
  7. And you will end up saying " You guys are crazy!" and " You got any zippo lighters man?"
  8. So not even worth browsing then? I do understand where you coming from in terms of I will be trained to modern standards and my specific job role but thought I would try get a better understanding of the skills I am going to learn.

    thanks Y'all any way and have a nice day folks :thumright:
  9. I know what you mean about discovering an interest and than researching the life out of it. I have a big tendancy to do the same. I have downloaded and read some of the manuals you put on the site. However I am going to leave it to the RN to teach me what I need to know. Sometimes by researching something too hard it can spoil the experience of finding it out when you actually come to do it.
    No harm in reading for pleasure and trying to get a head start on things though mate, and it might even benefit by picking up on some basics. Just be prepared that you might have to disregard wjat you have learnt when it comes to your actual training :thumright:
  10. It's not just the modern training standards but the equipment that the Yanks used 15 yrs ago compared to what we use when you join. It is likely to be totally different and so what you read will be irrelevent.

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