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Various questions from an overseas applicant

Hi everyone. I hope you will have some patience with me, quite possibly some of this has been discussed before, but in my searching around I haven't really been satisfied with the information I've found.

First, a brief intro - I'm 31, a UK citizen, and have been living and working abroad in various countries for some years as an outdoor activity guide - currently I'm in Norway driving dogsleds for tourists.

But it's time for a change. I've been interested in the military, and military history all my life. I've even got as far as doing phase one army training about 10 years ago. But I've recently become very interested in a naval career. The trouble is I'm struggling to find good information on the roles, and more generally to form a good impression of what day to day life in the navy is really like.

The combination of my age and being resident abroad rules out a lot of the options. For example I'm too old to be an officer, and I would have been very interested in Warfare Intelligence Specialist, but I haven't been living in the UK for ten years. Of the roles still open to me, I'm leaning towards Warfare Specialist.

So firstly, where can I find out more about this role - what I'll actually spend my life doing?! Everything I've found on the RN website, on YouTube etc, is kind of vague. Reading topics on here has told me I'll be painting and watching a radar screen... I'm not turned off by that, but I'd like to get a fuller picture.

How much time is spent at sea, what's a typical day like, what do you do when NOT at sea? What are the differences between specialising in surface, undersea, and electronic warfare? How does the role change as your career progresses? Etc etc.

And also, thinking longer term, what potential is there for transferring after some years to other roles, eg. to intelligence? Does it happen often? Would my years abroad still rule me out?

Another question - on the website at the moment it says there is a fast track for the warfare specialist role (both submariner and surface fleet, although it's the submarine role which is being pushed on FB etc ). The person on instant chat was useless - hadn't even heard of the fast track... But anyway how does it work, and I imagine being an overseas applicant will slow down even a fast track?!

Please go easy on the acronyms and jargon, which this forum seems to be full of. Assume I'm a clueless idiot who needs everything explained in simple terms, because that's what I am!
 

Sumo

War Hero
Last paragraph says this guy has a good chance, unfortunately our only recruiter on this site has moved on to pastures Green @Ninja_Stoker so is now out of the loop.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Hi everyone. I hope you will have some patience with me, quite possibly some of this has been discussed before, but in my searching around I haven't really been satisfied with the information I've found.

First, a brief intro - I'm 31, a UK citizen, and have been living and working abroad in various countries for some years as an outdoor activity guide - currently I'm in Norway driving dogsleds for tourists.

But it's time for a change. I've been interested in the military, and military history all my life. I've even got as far as doing phase one army training about 10 years ago. But I've recently become very interested in a naval career. The trouble is I'm struggling to find good information on the roles, and more generally to form a good impression of what day to day life in the navy is really like.

The combination of my age and being resident abroad rules out a lot of the options. For example I'm too old to be an officer, and I would have been very interested in Warfare Intelligence Specialist, but I haven't been living in the UK for ten years. Of the roles still open to me, I'm leaning towards Warfare Specialist.

So firstly, where can I find out more about this role - what I'll actually spend my life doing?! Everything I've found on the RN website, on YouTube etc, is kind of vague. Reading topics on here has told me I'll be painting and watching a radar screen... I'm not turned off by that, but I'd like to get a fuller picture.

How much time is spent at sea, what's a typical day like, what do you do when NOT at sea? What are the differences between specialising in surface, undersea, and electronic warfare? How does the role change as your career progresses? Etc etc.

And also, thinking longer term, what potential is there for transferring after some years to other roles, eg. to intelligence? Does it happen often? Would my years abroad still rule me out?

Another question - on the website at the moment it says there is a fast track for the warfare specialist role (both submariner and surface fleet, although it's the submarine role which is being pushed on FB etc ). The person on instant chat was useless - hadn't even heard of the fast track... But anyway how does it work, and I imagine being an overseas applicant will slow down even a fast track?!

Please go easy on the acronyms and jargon, which this forum seems to be full of. Assume I'm a clueless idiot who needs everything explained in simple terms, because that's what I am!
According the Captain Naval Recruiting, the "official" Royal Navy forum is meant to be the only place to get definitive careers advice.

So far as I can see, the only advice currently available is RN/RM Welfare, but I guess there's no harm in registering to ask your questions: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/profile/login

Just don't hold your breath.
 
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