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What's life in the RN REALLY like? (please be honest)

speedwheels96

Midshipman
Ok guys, after watching some recruitment videos all this seems like a propaganda. I'm going to Apply for the navy as an Officer as soon as I turn 18 (next year). Apparently all they do in the navy is "clean" all the time. People are saying they hate it.

I really hope this isn't what it's like all the time. One of the main reasons I took an interest in the Navy is the travelling benefits. I understand that there will be some bad days (what job doesn't have bad days?) but I hope I won't regret joining the Navy.

What is life in the RN really like?
 

ElQuesoGrande

Lantern Swinger
It's mostly shite, with ******* awesome aspects.

As a grunter, once you've commissioned, you shouldn't have to do any cleaning. You won't even have to hoover your own cabin. So don't worry about that.
 
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guestm

Guest
Due to a more robust form of Moderation in newbies; Some unhelpful comments, some that can predict the future where they've stood by for some moderation and speculative comments from people not even in yet have been removed. If you're going to say 'it's shite' elaborate. This is Newbies not Lil's. Right. That's out of the way.

MOD beret off:

As an AB and LH I did my fair share of cleaning and painting, certainly not all the time. With the exception of flooring that seems to need the perpetual removal and re-application of polish and insta-rust upperdeck fittings the cleaning is no more than you would expect of any communal living environment that relies on the health of it's personnel. In my opinion none of the cleaning is pointless, it's your home after all. Anyway, as an officer the only thing you'll be cleaning is yourself.

The RN has taken me around the world, introduced me to all manner of interesting and not so interesting people and places. It has given me a lot of money, a lot of qualifications, a lot of friends and a hell of a lot of experiences I never imagined would come my way. There are occasions when it may seem like the best job in the world one day and the worst the next yet here I am, still in. In my opinion, the occasions where you are drafted to the end of the earth, sat in a force 8 vomming into a bucket but can't leave your console, freezing to death on the foc'sle etc are vastly outweighed by the moments of absolute hilarity, pride, enjoyment and privelage that are equally as commonplace.

You get out what the RN what you put in to a great extent. Those that drip that a country is shit can often be seen not getting any further than the first bar outside the dockyard, those that complain they never get to do any Adventurous Training or sport have never been to ask the PTIs what's available and are never at circuits or make themselves available for any of the ship / establishments teams.

Walk into any environment in any job and there will be people who are saying they 'hate it' and the RN is no exception, that opinion from many should be taken with a pinch of salt as habitual whingeing is a trait we learn early. The only way you'll know if it is really for you is to find out for yourself.

After all, one of the characteristics of a good Officer and leader should be the ability to form their own opinion about something without being led into forming someone else's. Unless it's 1SL of course, then his opinion is yours.
 
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speedwheels96

Midshipman
Due to a more robust form of Moderation in newbies; Some unhelpful comments, some that can predict the future where they've stood by for some moderation and speculative comments from people not even in yet have been removed. If you're going to say 'it's shite' elaborate. This is Newbies not Lil's. Right. That's out of the way.

MOD beret off:

As an AB and LH I did my fair share of cleaning and painting, certainly not all the time. With the exception of flooring that seems to need the perpetual removal and re-application of polish and insta-rust upperdeck fittings the cleaning is no more than you would expect of any communal living environment that relies on the health of it's personnel. In my opinion none of the cleaning is pointless, it's your home after all. Anyway, as an officer the only thing you'll be cleaning is yourself.

The RN has taken me around the world, introduced me to all manner of interesting and not so interesting people and places. It has given me a lot of money, a lot of qualifications, a lot of friends and a hell of a lot of experiences I never imagined would come my way. There are occasions when it may seem like the best job in the world one day and the worst the next yet here I am, still in. In my opinion, the occasions where you are drafted to the end of the earth, sat in a force 8 vomming into a bucket but can't leave your console, freezing to death on the foc'sle etc are vastly outweighed by the moments of absolute hilarity, pride, enjoyment and privelage that are equally as commonplace.

You get out what the RN what you put in to a great extent. Those that drip that a country is shit can often be seen not getting any further than the first bar outside the dockyard, those that complain they never get to do any Adventurous Training or sport have never been to ask the PTIs what's available and are never at circuits or make themselves available for any of the ship / establishments teams.

Walk into any environment in any job and there will be people who are saying they 'hate it' and the RN is no exception, that opinion from many should be taken with a pinch of salt as habitual whingeing is a trait we learn early. The only way you'll know if it is really for you is to find out for yourself.

After all, one of the characteristics of a good Officer and leader should be the ability to form their own opinion about something without being led into forming someone else's. Unless it's 1SL of course, then his opinion is yours.

Wow, excellent post. Thanks.
 
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guestm

Guest
One more question guys, how much free time do you get when a ship docks to a port? and how long will the ships dock for?

How long is a piece of string? I've had as little as 12 hours in a port up to about 3 weeks. 'Time off' also varies ship by ship and the ship's commitments but you can expect ample time to get out and about to explore. Without overcomplicating matters and confusing you with routines, working hours are more often then not significantly shortened when in foreign port.
 

Sharkey

Banned
Wow, excellent post. Thanks.

Is it, one of Montys posts,Britain's always been shit. Don't pretend it hasn't,see above, read the bumf, consider the alternatives, decide. As Monty also says
After all, one of the characteristics of a good Officer and leader should be the ability to form their own opinion about something without being led into forming someone else's. Because the "advice" you get maybe todays opinion.
 
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guestm

Guest
Is it, one of Montys posts,Britain's always been shit. Don't pretend it hasn't,see above, read the bumf, consider the alternatives, decide. As Monty also says
After all, one of the characteristics of a good Officer and leader should be the ability to form their own opinion about something without being led into forming someone else's. Because the "advice" you get maybe todays opinion.

A completely different point to a completely different conversation. Care to share your experience whilst you were in?
 

Sharkey

Banned
A completely different point to a completely different conversation. Care to share your experience whilst you were in?

Mine was a different mob than todays, more para military than military, more P&O/Cunard than "going on deployment" so I cant offer any advice other than, dont take advice as, this is what its like, that was my point in using your conflicting posts, no criticism intended.
 
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guestm

Guest
Mine was a different mob than todays, more para military than military, more P&O/Cunard than "going on deployment" so I cant offer any advice other than, dont take advice as, this is what its like, that was my point in using your conflicting posts, no criticism intended.

I agree. If I'd have listened to the advice I was given by previously served colleagues when I decided to join I would still be fixing bikes on a minimum wage, yet on the flip side my dad had painted it as this ideal world of adventure with no faults.

Only you know how much you'll enjoy or get out of it, IMO it's worth the risk. Regretting not doing it is worse than giving it a go and finding it's not for you.
 
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Waspie

War Hero
Ask why so many people make a career out of the Navy. 22 years + must some really big 'pro's ' to make folk want to stay in a job that long.

Monty said it really, you'll get out what you put in.

Spare time will depend on your specialisation. You can find yourself very busy whilst the rest of the crew are out enjoying themsleves. Ships work ups tend to be very time intesive for officers. Planning etc. As can the lead up to exersises and operations. You will get time to yourself, just do what good managers do - plan your time wisely. Life is all about time management.
 

Sharkey

Banned
I agree. If I'd have listened to the advice I was given by previously served colleagues when I decided to join I would still be fixing bikes on a minimum wage, yet on the flip side my dad had painted it as this ideal world of adventure with no faults.

Only you know how much you'll enjoy or get out of it, IMO it's worth the risk. Regretting not doing it is worse than giving it a go and finding it's not for you.

One thing you dont want, is to get to the, "piss stained old fart" point in your life, and keep saying. if only.
 
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