Waiting Warfare specialist tactical (sm)

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  1. Hey, just wondering if there are any waiting ws (tsm) on here. this site has been very usful so far. Has anyone got any advice on submariner training? also when will all the submarines be based at faslane? witch is handy since I live just outside glasgow.

    Passed my Rt: start of march 2011
    medical, fittness test, interview and security clearance: all done and passed between april and august.

    At my interview i was told that i should be looking at mid 2012, however i think the wait has went up, So iam not sure how realistic that estimate is but my Afco says that waiting times should come down next year due to a number of reasons. Do yous think that estimate would be right cause my 18month wait will be "up" come August 2012. dont mind waiting but i hate not knowing a date. Much like everone else i guess.
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It's appreciated it's not great not knowing, but it is difficult to predict with any accuracy unfortunately as there are so many variables that your AFCO are best placed to give a "best guess".

    WS(TSM) has recently increased waiting times for those applying now, but if you're already in the system, the times advised when you completed all elements of selection are the best yard-stick.

    To compound the difficulty in accurately predicting start-dates, a large number of potential joiners are turning-down the offer of service when it comes around due to changes in personal circumstances during the long wait (injuries, marriage, babies, civilian jobs, criminal convictions, new partner etc., etc). We were running at 30% of those offered turning-down a job offer, but as an illustration of fluctuation: the next class of Medical Assistants joining required twice as many job offers issued to fill the class - a 50% wastage rate.

    The advice is hang-on in there & hopefully you will get a date around the initial AFCO prediction.
  3. I am currently waiting for TSM, and my CA phoned the allocator, and found out that I will be in the Jan 2013 intake :)

  4. And to make things worse. Some of those that are given an entry date refuse to sign on and are sent home on the first day. They have taken up a valuable place that could have been given to someone else who really wants to be there.
  5. Cant believe so many people turn down there date. I really hope its not 2013 dont think i could suffier another year. feel sorry for you if it is 2013 WarfareSpecialistToBe. Lets hope not. How often do people get cancellation dates ninja? thanks
  6. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    What reasons are given for refusing to sign on Drakey? I hope they don't get the fare home given to them.
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The reason I think there are so many 'no-signs' at Raleigh is because they now join on a Sunday when the railways are in disarray, there's virtually no-one at Raleigh & the joiners have 24 hours to fret & stew before they sign-on.

    We had far less when they joined on a Monday & signed on a Monday.
  8. Although the numbers of those that refuse to sign on are few, it still has an impact on manning which is difficult to make up in the short term. Many reasons are given for not signing on, homesick (24 hrs), wasn't too sure about joining as their date got nearer but decided to "have a go" and now don't want to be here after 24 hours. Don't like communal life and sharing a bedroom with 25 others, can't handle the discipline, the list goes on. They have to pay for their own way home.

    Joining on a Sunday has not had any adverse affect on this. There are dedicated people (not just duty watch) to look after them and there are plenty of people around on a Sunday.

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