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craig goede

ok, it does not make sense. If they are cutting over 1,000 Royal Navy Sailors.. then why are there still adverts for recruitment on Television?


The Royal Navy recruiting targets are the lowest they have been for years. There is also a long waiting list for those hoping to join (up to a year in certain specialisations). We plan for a degree of natural outflow but this is hugely upset by redundancies at this scale. The same redundancies are very unsettling for those that remain. Who is going to be selected when the next tranche is decided? I suspect that there will be fewer volunteers but who knows. I believe that the RN is the only part of our military that can promote the UKs interests by being persistently present where those interests are. We should be investing in the RN and looking after the maritime domain – we are totally dependant on it for trade, energy and more.

Emma West

OUTRAGEOUS!! My mate has been made compulsory redundant, he is a stoker, however i know for a fact that there are classes of stokers going through Raleigh right now!! That cant be right surely”!! does anyone have any ideas how he can fight this?

Tim Davies

It’s completely bizarre Emma. There are most certainly laws regarding the hiring and firing of people and I’m pretty sure that it is not allowed to Fire someone uner the guise of cutting the workforce, whilst atthe same time hiring new people.

The more I read about the cuts, the more it seems that the people making them have no understanding of how the services work. Sailers work for the navy, not for the ships they serve on, so if a ship is decommissioned, the crew just gets assigned elsewhere, the way I’m reading it though, it seems that as units are decommissioned, the people currently assigned to those units are been laid off. It makes absolutly no sence.

It’s a sad state of affairs, almost everyone I served with when I was in the navy has left now and most have them have very bitter feelings towards the way the navy is been run these days. I love the navy and look back on my days there with great fondness, but with the way things are now, I don’t think I’d have the heart to rejoin again.

Emma West

totally bizarre!! funninlgly enough he was on the Campbletown which has just been decommissioned. I know there are so many lads hanging around the dockyard with nothing to do!! All the lads in the workshops have just been told to think of a project for themselves, some are even making motorbikes, there is just nothing for them to do that is navy related. Just lots of bimbling round the dockyard!! I got made redundant in 96 (compulsory) when the medical branch went tri service and 6 months later they realised their mistake and went on a massive recruiting drive, but unless i paid my redundancy money back i wasnt allowed to rejoin but they still took on and trained medics from scratch which wud of cost hundreds of thousands per medic i would imagine, so it just goes to show that they have learnt absolutely nothing when it comes to wasting money!!!!


Emma, I would really like to hear about you and your friends experience with regards to the Redundancies. I am currently on Leadership and gathering information on the subject for a presentation. Any help or information will be very much appreciated. Regards.

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