Careers Discussion Prep

Discussion in 'POC Section' started by Xeones, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Xeones

    Xeones New Member

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    Hi all.

    Careers discussion (formerly SIFT) coming up soon.

    Hoping someone can help with 3 questions.

    1) Training pipeline: Is it 2 or 5 phases? I've always thought it was 5 phases but my AFCO recently emailed me a document where it lists training as 2 phases (phase 1 - 32 weeks and phase 2 - 28 weeks).

    2) Career specialisations after training:
    Are these all the Officer specialisations? -
    Heavy weapons Officer
    Intelligence Officer
    Mountain Leader Officer
    Pilot Officer
    Landing Craft Officer
    PT and Sports Officer
    Signals Officer
    SBS Officer

    These are listed in the career guide booklet but wikipedia also lists-
    • Staff Officer
    • Weapons Training Officer
    • Platoon Weapons
    (Obviously not the most reliable source but thought I should check)

    3) Terms of service: I've seen different answers for this and many threads on this topic are from a few years ago so i'm aware this may have changed, does anyone have the up to date standards? (Minimum length of service, etc.)

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Zandvoort10

    Zandvoort10 New Member

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    1) 5 Phases. Initial training, Tactics and Doctrine Training, FIBUA defensive and commando tests, Advanced Military Management, Exercise Planning and Final Exercise. The RN website gives a breakdown of each one.

    3) just over 4 years from the start of training you can leave, you have to hand your card in after 3 years. If you choose to stay on you have to stay another 4 years, however in year 8 you have to apply for a "Career Commission" for your promotion to major. If you don't get this commission (there are only so many major spots available) then you are discharged I believe.

    First 8 years (Short Service Commission)
    After that (Career Commission)
     
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  3. Zandvoort10

    Zandvoort10 New Member

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    By the way mate revise for current affairs. If you follow the news roughly you should be fine. I got asked what was currently going on in NATO at the minute (Trump's pressure on Europe to up defence spending) and what my opinion was and also where the RN are deployed at the minute and why.

    Likelihood is your interviewer will be RN not RM so he'll expect you to know a little bit about the navy (dont go too mad, name of ships, what they do and where they are deployed will do).

    The main focus of the interview is why you want to join, why do you think you are suitable, and tell me what you know about the role and the corps. The current affairs and knowledge stuff only made up a small part of my interview, however some of the guys here have said it was a bit more prominent.
     
  4. Xeones

    Xeones New Member

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    Thanks a lot. Yes my AFCO reassured me regarding the ship knowledge not being the main point of the "interview". I was stressing myself out trying to remember too many stats. Will definitely keep on top of the current affairs and make sure my leadership examples are well thought out. Was the POC discussed at the end? Cheers again.
     
  5. Zandvoort10

    Zandvoort10 New Member

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    Yes I did the same mate but the RN knowledge wasn't too deep. Where are we deployed, who is deployed there, why are they deployed there.

    Current affairs if I'm honest I didn't even revise but I watch the news every night and read the paper (on my computer) every morning so I have managed to form an amateur opinion on just about everything. They probed to see whether your thoughts were hollow or whether you had your own opinions, for example "Do you think Trump is right?" If you replied yes "Why is he right?", if you replied because of resurgent threats against Europe "Are they threats? Explain why?". It's to see if you have an opinion on the world and you can express it eloquently enough.

    We barely discussed POC. It was "I'm *text deleted* put you on the next POC, watch all the stuff on youtube and practice everything properly, Thanks, bye".
     
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  6. Chelonian

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    Just something to consider and perhaps check on:

    From memory the first appointment as a Troop Commander following successful completion of the RMYO course at CTCRM is also formally considered to be 'training'. Might be worth confirming just in case the question crops up.
     
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  7. Rockafeller

    Rockafeller New Member

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    Got my 'Career Discussion' coming up in a few weeks; other than knowing the service knowledge (training pipeline, where RN/RM are and why), did you feel watching the general news adequately equipped you to answer all the questions asked of you or do you have any specific advice or sources of info that you recommend?

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  8. thefellsman

    thefellsman New Member

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    A top tip I can give for the interview is thinking from the interviewers perspective. Plenty of questions e.g 'Whats the role of the Navy' can be planned for prior to the discussion. Also, take a look at your weaknesses. Be honest with yourself and be prepared to to talk about ways you feel you can improve as it's likely this will be a question you are asked.
     
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  9. Xeones

    Xeones New Member

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    Thanks for the tips everyone. Passed it.
     
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