Warfare Officer at 25 and career progress.

DruAde

Lantern Swinger
#2
Dont see why being 25 would affect anything . Are you not promoted on merrit and ability ? IM sure some of the mob on here will question that lol. Then again they are allowed to .

Join the RNR? So what do you want to be in? The RN or the RNR? I know sod all about any of this but I would have thought signing up for the RNR would proclude you from signing up for the RN as its sort of just a differenet branch. You have to do the tests and all the normal signing up stuff dont you to be in the RNR?

Ill let others who actually know answer correctly though because I know sod all. Just applying logic.

Why do I get the feeling this thread might degenerate into a bit of a mess.....
 
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DruAde

Lantern Swinger
#4
Oh if you can run both fine . Like I said I know fck all . Im still not sure how being 25 would affect you commanding a ship one day if you have the skills and attrubutes
 
#5
I haven't been through it myself, but one of my friends applied for Warfare Officer and was unsuccessful. He joined the RNR in the meantime and a year later was successful at AIB- so it can definitely be done wahooooo! Although it is a fair time away perhaps spend a bit of time now and then already preparing? Brain training on the ds, timed tests etc so that when the time comes for your retake you can smash it! The fact you have decided to work hard and wait rather than just give up is good as well. Cannot advise about age etc either but all the best :)
 
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#8
Fair one but it's a swiftly tightening bottle-neck for our mighty leaders. So many years to reach each rank, so every year will have a disproportionate reduction in the chances of reaching senior rank.

Shame really.
 
#9
ED50. While it is commendable that you are setting your sights quiet high in wanting to command a warship, it looks like you might be getting your "A"s mixed up. Ambition and Ability. However being a "monumental mong" might just be one of the requirements of being an officer. Good luck.
 

Taffd

Lantern Swinger
#10
It might be just me but I'd have reservations about giving command of a warship to someone who's incapable of passing a test designed for 11-year-olds.
 
#12
First of all I'm not incapable of passing the test for all I know I could of been one mark off. To be incapable would imply that I have no chance ever of passing which is not the case. I doubt I'm the first to mess up and I won't be the last. Posted from the Navy Net mobile app (Android / iOS)
What feedback did they give you after the test. Lots of people fail the first time and come back for a second attempt, and fail it again. For all you know you could have been 10 marks off and maybe just maybe incapable of passing the test. You are not alone.... Good luck.
 
#13
Well I've been a monumental mong and managed to mess up my recruit test and won't be able to continue with my Warfare Officer application for 12 months. This means I will be 25 if I (hopefully) make it to BRNC and I would like to know what affect this will have on my career. As most people are now joining at 21-23, how realistic should I be about being able to progress beyond Lieutenant Commander and to command a warship? I know this all sounds pretty fanciful after not being able to get past the first stage but I might as well know what my potential career holds.

This won't put me off continuing and I'm planning on joining the RNR to gain as much naval knowledge and I just want to be as proactive as possible of the next 12-18 months.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks
Don't cut it too fine on the age front, ED50; bear in mind the age limit for Warfare Officers.

By the way, which part of the RT caused you the most difficulties?
 

exJenny

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
#14
First of all I'm not incapable of passing the test for all I know I could of been one mark off. To be incapable would imply that I have no chance ever of passing which is not the case. I doubt I'm the first to mess up and I won't be the last.


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And second of all?


Getting flashed up so easily will only lead to another JamesB incident.

You failed this time round. Knuckle down next time to pass. You now know the sort of questions you will face.

It might be that you failed by 1 mark, it might be that you failed by more. It could even be that you didn't score high enough in certain sections.

Having sat and passed the test 3 times there was only 2 marks difference between my lowest and highest score. You need to revise to ensure you improve a lot, not just a bit.


Just the thoughts of a blonde ex wren
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#17
A good indicator of whether or not you're in with a realistic chance is during the "rejection counselling". If you were offered a wide range of Ratings jobs as an alternative, including technical trades - you're in with a shout.

If offered no alternative rating branch, consider a non-nautical career.
 

Taffd

Lantern Swinger
#18
First of all I'm not incapable of passing the test for all I know I could of been one mark off. To be incapable would imply that I have no chance ever of passing which is not the case. I doubt I'm the first to mess up and I won't be the last.


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With a son who's a rating, I feel I have something of a vested interest in the quality of officers that might be called upon to give him orders.

I'm not a member of the AIB and have no say in who'd make a good officer and who wouldn't. But from a personal point of view, I expect prospective officers to 'have something about them'. Such as having the forethought to practise example tests, for a long enough period, against the clock, in order to virtually guarantee a pass. After all, as previously stated, the level required is what used to be expected of an 11-year-old.

And don't forget, 'he who laughs last, gets the worm'.
 
#20
I certainly didn't want to come across the way I think I have. Using 'commanding a warship' was not the right choice of words, I should of just left it at progression!
No that was the least of your problems! For the first few years as a Warfare Officer they expect absolutely every Mid-SLt to think like that! With an ever shrinking number of Command posts the odds of it happening are shrinking!
 

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