X(SM) training pipeline


Lantern Swinger
haha, well its confused me..

finaly got my joining pack through today..

bloody medical board are taking their time to confirm to AIB that im medically fit. getting a bit worried that i may have to chase them


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.

IWOC Consolidation
- One week consolidation of IWONAV and SFT.

IWOC Assessment
- 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.

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.

Ah you beauty...couldn't find this anywhere thanks to our good buddy TinKode


Would like to say thank you again for this post...passed my Sift interview this morning and he said that my knowledge of my training pipeline was top notch. I got it all from this post!


Potential_Officer said:
Which is worrying really, as its out of date, no more IST/CFT and arguably Fleet Board is dead!

Woops! Well I didn't mention IST but I certainly did mention CFT. Oh well, a pass is a pass..

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