Waiting List for Warfare Specialist

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by Matt1993, Jan 8, 2014.

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  1. Hi :)

    I have my interview on the 16th Jan 2014 for a Warfare Specialist role. Although people wont be able to tell me for certain, i was just wandering if anyone has any sort of idea of the waiting times at the moment? I know they are constantly going up and down.... FRUSTRATING!!!
  2. Hi Matt,

    I found out the waiting times for my chosen branch by asking at the AFCO after my RT test today. (Writer, currently 18 months)
    I was told that this was the maximum amount of time a candidate could be be waiting and that anything can lengthen or shorten that waiting time. Candidates dropping out, not getting forms in quick enough, temporarily failing medical. Etc etc... yadda yadda.

    I'm sure there's no harm in asking at every completed stage of recruitment.

    Good luck :)
  3. ah ok thank you! yeah i'll ask at my AFCO next week after my interview! hopefully I won't be waiting YEARS.
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You will for Warfare Specialist unfortunately, it's currently about 2 years wait.
  5. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    That doesn't sound as bad as 2 years WAIT!

    Maybe it's just text Tourette's?

    Just the thoughts of a blonde ex wren
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  6. exJenny... im currently stuck in a 9-5 office job. cant blame me for being frustrated haha!? bring on a life at sea (Y)
  7. Like to hear your opinion after a few years at sea!!!!!

    Always greener on the other side as they say!!
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  8. may be speaking too soon but oh well, dont know till i try for myself :) sounds like you didnt have the best experience but dont try and discourage others from it with negativity.
  9. I loved my time - but I went in eyes open, took everything as it came. I'm not negative - just realistic.
  10. fair enough then :) i've no idea what to expect so im going in with an open mind. all i know is, im excited.
  11. Clean the office.

    Paint the office.

    Go in at night and clean the office.

    Repaint the office.

    Repeat all the steps above, repeatedly, and get the full RN experience while you're waiting.
  12. sounds like you were the ships bitch 'taffd' haha! seriously dont think its like that atall, atleast not all the time.
  13. He was allowed to scrub out the toilets during his stand easy!!!!
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  14. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Nope not all the time... There's the stripping and polishing of the deck.

    Just the thoughts of a blonde ex wren
  15. You won't get the full RN experience unless the office is pitching and yawing while all of the above is happening.
  16. In these lean-manned times, and with the caveat that there is an obvious need to keep ships in good order, it does seem as if there's an over-preponderance of morale-sapping cleaning just for the sake of it - a need by some in charge to have the troops constantly seen to be doing something.

    The amount of cleaning, chipping and painting does appear to be something that's not mentioned during the recruiting stages.
  17. Salt water does some prety shit things to metal it has to be kept on top ofl. When you get to Raleigh you will have it bashed into you how important cleanliness is . You're living in close proximity to others and germs can spread quickly . Imagin being out at sea miles form anywhere and everyone has a bug or food poisoning due to lack of propper cleaning . The efficiancy of the unit is going to be compromised. If things break due to neglect or a propper maintanance routine how is the ship supposed to funtion at 100%? What if something breaks and injures someone due to lack of maintanace? Even a frigate has 190 odd personel on board all crammed in together. If the cleaning stations were not propperly adhered to can you imagin the chaos on a war ship?

    The ship isnt your domestic home, it is your work place and not even a normal one . Its a warship , it has to be ready for anything .

    Hope those that really know dont mind me butting in
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  18. When I get to Raleigh, eh?

    I'm not talking of maintenance or cleaning stations in general or implying that any ship or establishment should be in shit state. I'm talking about the obsessive nature of the cleaning. About how some seniors will have ratings clean when they perceive them to be under-employed, often wrongly. I'm talking about all-night cleaning parties because the Captain wants to walk around the ship. The over-the-top stuff.

    How many, I wonder, have been informed of the amount of cleaning that goes on, when they're in the process of recruiting.
  19. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    To be honest Taff, that is certainly something the AFCOs are aware of and most Careers Advisers worth their salt will make the menial aspects of the job abundantly clear.

    I always ask the applicant - "Who do you think cleans the bogs, makes your bed, paints the ship, washes the dishes and irons your clothes?"

    The applicant religiously answers "Erm, me?" To which the traditional response is: "Correct. We don't parachute a SWAT team of Mums in, to do it for you. Of course you'll forget I told you this when you join and you are bleating about it, won't you?"

    "Yes, Chief"

    And so begins the entrapment of the next batch of unsuspecting matelots.

    I did suggest we changed the branch titles to Janitorial Specialists, but the Head of Logistics Supply Chain Food Prep Delivery Specialists said it was a stupid idea, reserved to be the brainchild of Officers only.
  20. Taff sorry mate thought you were the OP just looked and saw it was you . My bad I am trying to fix the fcking dish washer at the moment didnt look, please accept my appologies
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