Why did everyone choose to join the Navy?

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by ollie123, Sep 25, 2007.

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  1. Why did everyone choose to join the Navy?
  2. Re: Navy

    Get away from the wife!!!!!!
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Navy

    Welcome to RR Ollie,

    Jolly good question. Standby for a bunch of facile answers!
  4. Seemed like a good idea at the time....
  5. Prepared and waiting Ninja.
  6. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    I didn't join I was press ganged, spent 25 years trying (not very hard) to get out :w00t:
  7. Thank you all for giving such serious answers, it's a serious question!
  8. Cruel sea was my favourite film
  9. Here's a serious answer before the not so serious fly in:
    I was getting to the age where I wanted to be train driver or a footballer, realised I wouldn't do either. In 1980 my neighbour who at the time was a POMEA asked me if I'd thought about a career in the Navy and would I like to go to HMS Sultan for the day. I duly went down and had the time of my life, a 13 year old in the simulators etc. The following year he was a CPOMEA on the Diomede and took me down onboard for families day. There I was 14 years old sat in the CPO's mess surrounded by beer and porn thinking 'this is the life' (I didn't get to see a JR's mess where I would dwell later on in life!). I duly joined the mob in July 83, while in training I received postcards from the same guy, the last one saying 'see you in the fleet'. Having completed my basic training at Mercury I joined the Fearless in Apr 84, my neighbour had sinced moved away from where I lived however, he was a Sub Lt on board. The following year my parents spent the day in the wardroom during families day drinking with him, leaving me down the mess.
    I'm still serving now but have lost touch with him, I assume he's left, he certainly sold the mob to me and I'm glad he did too.
  10. Thanks Chaz
  11. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    So you're saying he got promoted for recruiting you? Ninja must be an Admiral! PS you joined Raleigh as I left shipmate!
  12. family tradation...also i was 16 and my parents would not sign my papers to join the royal engineers...cos of ireland...so what happened they signed the papers for the andrew and down the falklands i went !
  13. If i'm being totally honest mate, apart from the prospects of a lifestyle like no other, the career opportunities and the greatest personal challenge for me in terms of joining the Silent Service, i'm joining the Navy cos after 26 years, i'm totally and utterly sick of living on Civvy Street, the more time I spend in my town and just out and about doing civilan things like having a s**t office job, the more I just want to leave it all.

    After spending 15 years in a military childhood (my dad was in the Army), i'm just so anxious to get joined up myself. This may sound really f**ked up and strange to some people but the idea of living a regimented and military lifestyle really appeals to me. People think i'm nuts but I just wish I had thought about doing this years ago.
  14. It was one of my 'Off Days', and I'd gone out for a loaf of bread . . . .
    The rest, as they say, is history.


  15. Anchor faced barsteward!! You just wanted to go round the world shaggin'!!! :thumright: :w00t:
  16. It was a serious answer.

    So is this, RR is not the place to come and collect staff answers for AIB. You'll have your own reasons for wanting to join and when you're asked the question you'll need to say what they are, rather than trotting out something from someone here.

    For me, I wanted to join the military, wanted to do some good in my life, stretch myself and work with like minded people. Of the three services the RN was both the slickest and most professional recruitment process but the people I met were motivated and in the main enjoying what they were doing.

    The value proposition was far better than either the RAF or the Army could offer me. I didn't fancy the prospect of being a Ptarmigan OC or anything in the RAF, at the time I wasn't a graduate so couldn't easily get into the Int Corps which would have been the only really attractive area of the Army.
  17. I wasn't having a pop.
  18. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    Seriously? I always wanted to join the Royal Marines, my Dad wouldn't sign the papers (because he was a Royal Marine!) So I joined the RN, my grandfather, his father, his father and his father had all been stokers so I joined the FAA. I joined for all the reasons NorthernSub is joining for and I would do it all over again, however I've now decided it's time to leave and I look forward to a new challenge, Northernsub makes civvi street sound just brilliant (thanks for that)
  19. Oh it is....

    I have a budget, I can achieve things again........ etc, etc
  20. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    What's a budget? :thumright:

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