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Just thought I would keep you all posted on this :)

I decided, LONG ago that I wanted to be in the forces. As long as I can remember.
Almost always, I wanted to be in the Royal Navy.
The only thing that has changed, is that I originally wanted to be a pilot, until I got glasses.
Now, it's the submarine service I intend to join.

Because first of all, the forces is an amazing career choice. That is the most obvious answer.
Some of the best training in the world, you get paid well, always able to progress further.
You get some amazing oppertunities, especially if you are in to sport and stuff.
The money is good, the pensions are good, and they really look after you in all aspects.

It is an exciting job, travelling the world, meeting interesting people.
And not to mention, driving a nuclear submarine, and blowing stuff up!
I love, and really look forward to living on board a metal tin can, crammed full of equipment which smells of diesel (the ships do at least) and constantly humms.

It's a job that will have huge job satisfaction also! You are actively doing something important, be it protecting our waters or rescuing people at sea or doing humanitarian aid. As an officer I will be in charge of men also, as well as being responsible for one of the countries most expensive assets. Being on a submarine, the missions are all top secret, so much so, that not even some of the crew will know where they are!

I also decided, that University isn't for me. I plan to enter service next year if I can.
So whilst some of you are stuck in a lecture hall next year, wondering where the money for your next drink is coming from... I might be sitting on the deck of a ship, watching the sunrise over the Antarctic ice circle, or off the gulf having a barbecue in the sun. Whilst getting paid for it!

Did I mention that booze is VERY cheap in the forces? About £1.50 a pint at any RN base, or at some clubs in Portsmouth.

So what am I doing about is right now?

I am applying for officer entry which means the application process consists off:

1. Entry Exam. This is a one hour Psychometric test which makes sure you have the maths, physics, english, logic, and generally mental capacity required for the navy. They ask you questions that really make you think, and work under pressure. I passed this with flying colours, or at least I imagine I did. They don't actually tell you the result, but I passed.

2. A whole bunch of forms, and eligibility checks: Pretty straight forward. I fill out a million and one questions about myself, they ask me further questions, and they tell me if I can proceed. They also take my GCSE certificates at this point.

3. Medical Exam. This is the section I am currently stuck on. I will give further details in another post...
But this is where they REALLY test you in detail. They check your entire medical history, make you stand in funny positions to make sure you aren't held together with Duct tape I suppose. They also check your hearing, eye sight, and several other things.

4. Fitness Test. This is a 2.4km timed run. Shouldn't be too difficult, and I can do this at any Fitness First Gym I like, on a treadmill.

5. Sift Interview. This is the first interview stage. I would say it is fairly similar to a standard job interview to an extent... They will ask me about myself, why I want to join the Navy, etc, etc, and they will also ask me basic questions about my Navy Knolledge, such as were the ships are, and the ship types etc.

6. AIB. This is the dreaded stage. it is a 3 day long thing, which involves travelling down to Gosport and staying on the base whilst they test you heavily.
- Day 1: This day is fairly easy. You arrive in the afternoon, get shown to your cabins, and get time to socialise with the other candidates who are also at the same stage as yourself. You are highly advised here to socialise, and get to know the other people as it is important to work well with them over the next few days. I should point our here, you are watched and observed almost ALL the time throughout the process, being judged.
- Day 2: This is testing day. It consists of test, after test, after test. Maths, verbal reasoning, spatial awareness, service knowledge (e.g. Name this Radar and what it does or Name this Helicopter and the weapons it carries etc.). You also have to write a 45 minute essay so that you can be judged on your written communication skills.
After lunch, you are then given a simple planning exercise. The day ends with the PROPER fitness test. A bleep test. This isn't a pass or fail thing, but a motivation test which is worse! basically, to get good marks here, you should LITERALLY collapse, faint, pass out, or drag yourself over the finishing line. You WILL be in pain afterwards.

- Day 3: The day starts with a practical leadership task. Basically, you have to instruct your team across an imaginary canyon or something using the tools given to you, whilst carrying a large heavy object or something else which complicates it. You are watched this whole day by the admiralty board president and his colleagues.
Now you do a far more complicated planning exercise. As a team, you are given a problem which you must overcome, and explain how you would overcome it to the board. They will then rigorously question you on this plan, and then you must go away , and come back and present your own revised plan.
Next up, is the 30 minute intensive interview. You will be questioned on past achievement, what motivates you, etc. etc.

Following that interview, the board will discuss you, and you will find out if you have passed or failed. Those who pass, are then taken to the medical camp, where you will go for medical clearance.

What then?
Even if you pass the AIB, then you are still not guaranteed a place at the BRNC (Britania Royal Navy College) where you start training. You must then await a space.

In conclusion
It is a long and stressful process, which I am determined to succeed at.
The earliest I will be able to do my AIB is August, as that is when I get my A level results. I can't do the AIB until I have achieved my 180 UCAS points.

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My medical examiner (a forces doctor) found the following wrong with me:

- My protien count is too high.
- My blood pressure was too high.
- My Medical history needed checking more thoroughly.
- And I am underweight. (although that wouldn't actually cause me to fail, she was merely pointing it out.)

I went to my GP, and he tested my blood pressure, and although it was high, he was happy to simply put it down to the fact my heart was racing at 100bpm. Obviously stressed about the test!

He printed off my medical history and said that everything on it was so far in the past I shouldn't worry about it.
The knee injury has healed nicely so that shouldn't be an issue either.

As for the protien count, after making me pee in a bottle for 24 hours. Pee in two OTHER pots. And making me take a blood test.
I now need to go have an ultrasound to make sure my Kidneys are working properly.
My proties count is ever so slightly over 'normal', he isn't worried, but I need to have all this done to keep the navy people happy.

I will go to the gym at some point and buff up I suppose...
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woow! thats even harder then my mate joining the army..and he had a kidney missing!!
hope all goes well for ya buddy! and keep us posted!
Did he KNOW about the missing kidney?

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yea hahaha!!
but he had to go for about 7 medicals lol!
now hes got a tatto of a kidney:)
I bet he had to fill in a form for the tatoo :p

I know I do. I have to fill out a form detailing what tatoos I have and where.
If I get a tatoo now, I have to declare it :p

It's worse than the insurance companies ><
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