Warfare Officer - Training Pipeline

C_T_W

Midshipman
#1
Hey,

I am sure I'm not the only one who is searching for an up-to-date training pipeline for Warfare Officer as I hear from numerous sources, some more reliable than others, that certain aspects continue to change making it ever harder for applicants to nail it during their interviews. I am hoping that someone on here is able to confirm that the information I have is correct. The below training information was written by myself using a guide I was given roughly 6 months ago.

*I have perused posts with similar topics on this forum however it has really only added to my confusion because of the amount of conflicting information within them against my own.


Warfare Officer: Training Route

Phase: 1

Term: 1

Location: BRNC

Focus: New Entry Training/Militarisation

Duration: 20 Weeks


Phase: 1

Term: 2

Location: BRNC

Focus: Maritime Leadership (MARL)

Duration: 10 Weeks


Phase: 1

Term: 1

Location: At Sea (Typically on a Frigate or Destroyer)

Focus: Initial Fleet Time (IFT)

Duration: 2 Weeks



- Pass out of BRNC -



Phase: 2

Location: BRNC

Focus: IWO (Foundation), Basic Navigation and Warfare Academics.

Duration: 13 Weeks


Phase: 2

Location: MWS

Focus: IWO - Electronic Chart and Navigation Aids

Duration: 4 Weeks


Phase: 2

Location: MWS

Focus: IWO (Aviation and Warfare)

Duration: 20 Weeks



Phase: 2

Location: At Sea

Focus: Specialist Fleet Time (SFT)

Duration: 9 Months


Phase: 2

Location: MWS

Focus: IWO (C) Incl DOC & JOLC

Duration: 15 Weeks
 
J

JFOTRAVELS

Guest
#3
C_T_W - How did you get on? I too am looking for the same info...was this all correct?
 
J

JFOTRAVELS

Guest
#5
Thanks @Ninja_Stoker - I am becoming quite the pro, luckily!

This is extremely helpful, thank you. All the info I have is beginning to tie together, I am hoping to just cover everything and end up with an ALMOST PERFECT idea of what I think the pipeline is!

Thanks for your help! :)
 
#7
It has changed for the most recent militarisation entry, so those going through the college who have joined prior to September (the most recent joining date) are following a different phase 1 pipeline to the New Entry.
First militarisation phase is now (take it with a pinch of salt) approximately 15 weeks, with BLD in week 7. The following fifteen weeks are Marinisation, including a 3 week Initial Sea Acquaint and MARL exercise.

Phase 2 for Warfare currently consists of IWO(F) (Initial Warfare Officers' Foundation Course) a 13 week academic package delivered at BRNC, followed by 3 months BFT (Basic Fleet Time), vastly similar to what was CFT (Common Fleet Time) and to make up for the reduced sea time offered to cadets as a result of the move from IFT of 9 weeks to ISA of 3 weeks.
After BFT it is approximately 7 weeks at Maritime Warfare School, doing IWONAV (Initial Warfare Officers' Navigation) before doing a approximately six month period of SFT (Standard Fleet Time) in the build up to Nav Sea Week, your final pass/fail assessment that determines with you are competent to assume an Officer of the Watch role.

I recognise that is a bit confusing, and given it's only just changed the Phase 1 part may be less accurate. Let me know if I haven't explained any acronyms!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#8
All input gratefully received.

From an applicant's perspective, the frustration in trying to research "exam questions" when the examiner can't be arsed placing the correct information on the official reference sources is appreciated.

Nothing worse than some smug git suggesting a worthy officer applicant should have the officer-like acumen to take the initiative to find out when the RN website, the "award winning official reference source" is, to be frank...shit.
 
J

JFOTRAVELS

Guest
#9
@woggles - Extremely helpful - clarifies everything I have finally managed to pull together, thank you so much. After the final pass/fail assessment (@ MWS Collingwood I assume (?)) - what happens then? How soon between completion of the IWO (F) before going on to IWOC. Assuming that upon completion of IWO (F) I will have completed 900+ hours as OOW. Am I on the right lines....?

@Ninja_Stoker - I think I might just know who you are referring to haha I note your comments. Thank you for your help with all this! I have been reassured by the Careers Office that it would be almost impossible for a WO applicant to fully know the pipeline as it stands so all I can do its show eagerness to learn and that I have covered all areas! Not long now...
 
#10
No, IWO(F) is purely academics, you complete your 600-900 (although you may take Nav Sea Week with as few as 500 hours, it's whether you reach a standard rather than a set amount) hours during SFT, which is after IWOF, BFT and IWO Nav. Once you pass Nav Seaweek at the end of SFT you would then assume your first role as Officer of the Watch (OOW) 3 on a ship.
You would then complete your Navigational Watch Certificate before being allowed to specialise.
 
J

JFOTRAVELS

Guest
#11
Thanks @woggles - if successful in Nav Seaweek are you awarded BWC and will then have a foundation degree in Naval Studies?

Someone else has mentioned right up to the stage you have said but then added 12 more weeks at MWS Collingwood for completion of IWOC (leaving then with a degree) before specialising...

Also, sorry, what is 'BLD' mentioned in Week 7 of Phase 1...

I'm running out of questions, I promise...
 
#12
BLD is the Basic Leadership Development (BLD) package that precedes going on ABLE, the Assessed Basic Leadership Exercise that is the culmnation of the militarisation phase of training. It is about four days I think on Okehampton and the College grounds (although again, it has changed for the latest entry!).
Foundation Degree in Maritime Studies is awarded automatically to you if you are a non-graduate entrant to the College, otherwise its about £650 if you want to buy as a graduate. Not sure when you actually get it though, sorry.

Sorry, forgot about the 12 week phase after Nav Seaweek, yes that is a load of courses including your Divisional Officers' course before joining ship. Unsure of the details though.
 

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