Yet more questions.

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  1. Well, you've satisfied all my questions regarding joining (for the moment) now there's a couple on the Navy life, as it were.

    I believe that shore accomodation for Officers and Ratings are single now? What are they like, just a box with a bed, or is there a loo as well? (fingers crossed, with loo comes tap, with tap comes kettle!)

    Can you get unpaid leave when not at sea (obviously)? Can't see when I'd need it, but It's a good thing to know.

    I'm a keen hunter, can I keep my bits and bobs at base (that would be hunter in the colonial sense, stalking, no I don't intend to keep horses on base, just bangsticks)?

    I'm assuming you still mess together, even if you sleep seperately? It'd be a bit dull else.

    Finally, can someone confirm what I've currently got in my head as the starting period of a career as a Royal navy officer?
    1) Application, beaurocratic rubbish
    2) AIB - 3 days
    3) BRNC - if pass well enough, at one of 4 intakes in the year, for about a year
    4)Common fleet time, about 4 months
    5)Fleet board
    6)Specialist fleet time, about 8 months
    7)Some other course that I haven't been able to find anything else about.

    Thanks a lot for your time.
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Accommodation on shore-bases, after training, is single cabins (rooms), with sinks, for Officers.

    Generally the sinks have taps on them- you're encouraged to fill your kettle from taps marked "Drinking Water" rather than lavatories.

    Unpaid leave is generally not encouraged, you would be better off leaving, then re-joining, although if your appointer can spare you-no harm in asking. You get 6 weeks paid leave per year anyway.

    As long as there's room in your locker, you can put anything (hygienic) in it. Firearms have to be stowed in the small-arms magazine.

    Unfortunately room service is not currently available & you'll have to eat with the other, lesser mortals.

    With regard the application "bureaucratic rubbish", you will have to pass a psychometric recruiting test first.

    Good luck to you.
  3. Your entitled to unpaid paternity leave.
  4. If you want to make the odd hot drink in your cabin, or anywhere else for that matter, you might find a cup/mug boiling element more practical than a kettle; it's certainly more portable and easier to stow. There's an example on eBay here.
  5. As long as you hold a firearms licence in the first place you can ask if you can put your firearms in the armoury. You have to imform the firearms department of your local constabulary. i.e Middle moor in Exeter for D & C constabulary. Make sure it's on your licence where your guns are stored.

    But you need to make sure that the armoury can hold them for you. Don't just expect them too. I had my shot guns on board my last ship.

    Best thing to do would be to speak to the armoury in the shore base or the WEO on board and see what they say.

    Also speak to the firearms dept as well as things might have changed since I did it.
  6. You say don't fill your kettle from the toilet like its a bad thing...

    Do horses count as "unhiegenic" in regards to lockers?

    No room service? What is the Navy coming to these days? Why I expected even ratings had their own valet.

    On a more serious note, what is the psychometric test? I thought that was part of the AIB.

    Naval_Gazer - That looks like some cruel and unusual form of torture instrument, whats the idea? You just stick it straight into a cup of water?

    Tommo - much obliged, very useful.
  7. That's the idea. Very handy for producing a single steaming cup of tea, coffee, soup, oxo or whatever within a couple of minutes.

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