Mine were all 2+ weeks, 3 weeks if between 1990 and 2011. I didn't include additional recce trips which were typically about a week long as they were to the same destination for the same purpose.And the deployments I listed were all over several weeks rather than airport stopovers
It is quite probable that with all the accreditation that the RN's training seems to attractshe may end up with a degree anyway. I don't know for certain about clubswingers but survey ratings can end up with a BSc once they are Senior Rates.
Can you use Standard/Enhanced Learning Credits?That would have been my advice - join up at 18, and start training as a PTI. There´s never been a better time to do this if it´s now direct entry. The job doesn´t even require any formal qualifications, but having A-Levels would qualify her for a commission later on.
There´s the possibility of studying for a degree within the RN - especially as PTI is a job with lots of shore time. There´d be time to do the coursework, and she wouldn´t have to fork out 9 grand to do it.
I don´t know if the RN pays any course fees for OU degrees, but it did use to give financial help to anyone who wanted to do one.
Can you use Standard/Enhanced Learning Credits?
Does the Navy have a scheme to fund a degree provided you complete a number of years' service? Might be worth a look.It´s just my thinking, but after spending three or four years at university at great cost to herself, (how much is it now?), why would she then apply for a job that she would be massively overqualified for? That´s only my opinion though, and it´s up to her.
I didn´t meet very many graduates on the lower deck when I was in the mob. I can only remember two. One of them had a degree in something sporty, yet he was a radio operator. The other one had a degree in marine biology or zoology and he was planning on becoming an SD officer, but he failed Part Three training and was discharged SNLR.
I´m going back thirty years though, so I´ll understand if attitudes have changed.
.....and as a Reservist 30 years ago I went to Denmark, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan.
Used to laugh when TA mates got all excited about going to ..er....' Germany....maybe Cyprus if we're really lucky '
I think the Army Reserve are a bit more integrated today, and might get a U.S trip in from time to time.
But there is no comparison between the Army and the RN when it comes to foreign travel.
Given that @Ninja_Stoker used to work in an RN Careers office, surprised not to see any input from him here.
Tell her to go for it. I am not a PTI but obviously I’ve met loads and one of my closest mates transferred to PTI after doing 4 or 5 years in the Marine Engineering branch.
I can’t really comment about the first year or two of training for direct entry PTIs as that’s a fairly new thing. Up until fairly recently you had to do 3 plus years in another branch, be recommended for leading hand and then transfer across.
As with all jobs in the RN there are two very different chunks of life:
Sea time and shore time.
At sea a PTI will be based on a ship, they organise and run daily PT sessions as well as oversee fitness tests. When you get to foreign ports they organise footie matches and the like with local teams.
Day to day at sea they are part of the executive branch who work directly for the XO (second in command of the ship). Along with the ship’s regulator (Policeman) they do general admin for the XO like print and distribute daily orders.
They are also trained as a special sea duty helmsman. They steer the ship when doing more dangerous evolutions like refuelling at sea (RASing) or coming in and out of harbour.
During shore time they are employed in a gym on a base. That’s basically it. It’s largely the same as working in a civvy gym but with more shouting. They may also organise adventurous training expeditions such as canoeing, mountain biking etc.
There are also a few specialist jobs out there for PTIs. My mate runs the Navy’s adventurous training centre in Bavaria. He lives in a chalet up a mountain and takes people skiing in the winter and rock climbing in the summer.
Regardless of branch the RN is a fantastic life. If she likes travel, adventure and meeting people, then there is nothing better. During my first 6 years I went to over 40 different countries.
Without wishing to sound sexist in anyway, the RN is also particularly girl friendly. Every opportunity that exists for men, also exists for girls and everyone is treated equally.
Finally, the RAF are weak as **** and the Army eat their own young so don’t bother with them.
If you are still here after all the lamp swinging...... https://www.navy-net.co.uk/community/threads/physical-training-instructor-direct-entry.182759/
Does the Navy have a scheme to fund a degree provided you complete a number of years' service? Might be worth a look.