A 21-year-old from Beverley, East Yorkshire, was among the Royal Navy recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh to mark the successful end of basic training.
Trainee Warfare Specialist Jamie Rawson arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in October 2013. During a 10-week course he has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the Service. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.
Jamie attended Beverley Grammar School and joined the Royal Navy because he wanted an exciting and rewarding career and also wanted to travel the world. Jamie said: “I’ve wanted to join the Royal Navy since I was at secondary school. Training was exciting but hard work and the passing-out-parade was the proudest moment of my life when I passed out. I would like to stay in the Royal Navy for a full career.”
With the first phase of his training complete Jamie’s next port of call is HMS Collingwood in Hampshire. There, during a three month course, he will learn how to set-up and operate the systems that give the ship information about what is on the surface and in the air. Jamie will also learn how to detect and report radar jamming and learn about data links and voice radio circuits to pass on vital information to the ship’s command team and others.
The Royal Navy’s Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field. Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.
Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.