I thought phases were being binned, because it actually added nothing to the party and it just made every-one a bit confused?
benr22 said:Hi, I'm in the process of applying for warfare officer (submariner), just awaiting my AIB date.
I learnt the training as posted by AJ for my sift interview which was pretty much correct but was given a sheet with much more detail, which I'll share below...
Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
- 4x 7 week phases: Militarisation, Pre-IST, IST, Passing Out.
Common Fleet Time
- 4 months on a ship learning how ships are organised and operate. Culminating in Fleet Board.
Initial Warefare Officer's Navigation Course (IWONAV)
- 3 weeks at HMS Collingwood.
Specialist Fleet Time
- 6 months, generally on a small ship gaining bridge experience.
- One week consolidation of IWONAV and SFT.
- One week examination phase.
Initial Warfare Officer's Course
- 4 months, including OOD course, DO course, leadership training etc ** maybe someone could explain what these abbreviations stand for?
Basic Submarine Warfare Course
- 13 weeks at HMS Raleigh.
- Includes Nuclear General Course at HMS Sultan.
Join First Boat as PT3 Trainee
- 4 months gaining Dolphins.
Non-Complement Warfare Job
- Such as CBO (what does this stand for?), 15 months attached to boat.
Frigate and Navigating Officer's Course (FNO)
- 11 weeks at HMS Collingwood, including dived section.
First Complement Appointment
- Normally as SCO (abbreviation?) initially for 12-18 months, watch about with Navigating Officer, then becoming Navigating Officer for 12-18 months.
Common Appointment / Shore Job
- Around 2 years.
Advanced Warfare Course
- 6 months at HMS Collingwood.
- Qualifies to become watch leader.
- 2-5 years gaining experience.
And finally, if you're up to it / good enough...
Submarine Command Course (SMCC) - 'Perisher'
- Success leads to XO job and from there to CO.
- Failure leads to General Service jobs.
The following I have added.
- Perisher Course lasts for 24 weeks.
- A great insight can be found here... http://www.navy.mil/navydata/cno/n87/usw/issue_18/perisher.htm
Hopefully this is of some help to fellow potential X(SM)s. Please don't hold me to any of this as I have just copied it straight from the sheet I was given at my interview in prep for the AIB.