16 year old Daughter interested in joining the RN

#1
Hello all
My 16 year old daughter is interested in a career in either the Army or the RN. She has lots of info from friends, family etc who are ex army, TA etc. She is in the ACF, at a TA centre, and they have quite good links with the parent unit there.

She (and us) knows very little about the Navy, but would like to find out more, and if possible, talk to some serving female sailors. Is the best choice just to go to the careers office, or is there anything else that might be available?
I don't think Navy Days happens at all now, but have heard of open Days/Ship's visits? Are these open to the public, or by invitation?

Any suggestions welcomed.

PS
No, there are no photos...
 
#2
Hello all
My 16 year old daughter is interested in a career in either the Army or the RN. She has lots of info from friends, family etc who are ex army, TA etc. She is in the ACF, at a TA centre, and they have quite good links with the parent unit there.

She (and us) knows very little about the Navy, but would like to find out more, and if possible, talk to some serving female sailors. Is the best choice just to go to the careers office, or is there anything else that might be available?
I don't think Navy Days happens at all now, but have heard of open Days/Ship's visits? Are these open to the public, or by invitation?

Any suggestions welcomed.

PS
No, there are no photos...
What does she want to do in either?

If engineering, paint stuff, dig holes, fire stuff, etc...
 

Daxx

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#4
I'd pop into the local RN careers office and chat to them.
 
#5
Hello all
My 16 year old daughter is interested in a career in either the Army or the RN. She has lots of info from friends, family etc who are ex army, TA etc. She is in the ACF, at a TA centre, and they have quite good links with the parent unit there.

She (and us) knows very little about the Navy, but would like to find out more, and if possible, talk to some serving female sailors. Is the best choice just to go to the careers office, or is there anything else that might be available?
I don't think Navy Days happens at all now, but have heard of open Days/Ship's visits? Are these open to the public, or by invitation?

Any suggestions welcomed.

PS
No, there are no photos...
Damn, just read the bottom line of your post :oops:
 
#8
#9
Hello all
My 16 year old daughter is interested in a career in either the Army or the RN. She has lots of info from friends, family etc who are ex army, TA etc. She is in the ACF, at a TA centre, and they have quite good links with the parent unit there.

She (and us) knows very little about the Navy, but would like to find out more, and if possible, talk to some serving female sailors. Is the best choice just to go to the careers office, or is there anything else that might be available?
I don't think Navy Days happens at all now, but have heard of open Days/Ship's visits? Are these open to the public, or by invitation?

Any suggestions welcomed.

PS
No, there are no photos...
I think most of us here can feel your shame.
 
#11
She's interested in weapons/armourer/engineering.
Be earned baby engineering branch are really low on numbers and this being kicked out.

They've even tried recruiting petty officers direct from the army :)

Reme, rlc ammo tech?

I know the navy might have hit you hard but what about raf?
 
#12
She's interested in weapons/armourer/engineering.
Kay Burbidge :cool: definitely worth a google for inspiration

If she’s made of stern stuff crack on otherwise she’ll end up joining the pre-deployment blue nun and paracetamol mob found in Drake sickbay anytime a floaty grey thing is due to leave

ETA the above observation is from repeated observations on weekend duties at the place over a number of years rather than a dit
 
#13
Yeovilton Airshow ( Royal Navy International Air Day ) has a lot on most of the careers in the Navy, not just the air side of it (though she might like to look into going WAFU as well, great career prospects afterwards from it). This year its 13th July (and I note to the relief of my second favourite ex fiancé I wont be able to make it this year as Mini Kimmi is playing with the Navy elsewhere).

If it doesn't help her - well its a great day out... and if it does then best of luck to her.
 
#14
There were two female sailors on HMS Clyde in the Falklands back in Feb, almost sprayed my beer all over the bar when I asked what branch and the reply was Seaman Specialist.
 

crustyrusty

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#15
Airshows a good recruitment events, ACF a good start and perhaps the careers office too for a visit.

My mates daughter was army barmy, went to ACF even bought MTP pants(I kid you not).
Went to join, did Phase 1, excelled at it best recruit, went on phase 2 and did very well.
3 years later and after OP Herrick tour got offered a commission and to read for a degree in Military Engineering.
Now a Captain, enjoying life and it all started by visiting the REME stand at Airbourne at Eastbourne.
 
#16
Be earned baby engineering branch are really low on numbers and this being kicked out.

They've even tried recruiting petty officers direct from the army :)

Reme, rlc ammo tech?

I know the navy might have hit you hard but what about raf?
She does, thank F**k, have standards, so the RAF can scuttle off back under a rock.
 
#17
Kay's good people.

Is she looking at joining as a Sailor or Officer? I'd suggest getting down the AFCO and seeing what happens. Failing that, air days are good chance to see some of the stuff we do.
 
#18
@12345dave

Collingwood open day

HMS Collingwood Open Day 2019

Saturday 1st June HMS Collingwood open day. The Weapons Engineers have their trade training here so there will be plenty of people to talk to regarding the role.
I don't know where you are but Collingwood is near Fareham Hampshire

If you want you can ask a few questions here as I have some WE knowledge.
 
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#19
If she is on Twitter there are a few girls who are doing Marine Cadets, RN Cadets stuff. They all share things and generally support each other.

WE is a good choice or Comms which seems to be very IT based now.
 
#20
@thegimp
I know Kay Burbidge from when she was an engineer before she went down the commission route.
A very clever person.
 

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