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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:43 pm
 


Hello everyone!

I am currently very interested in joining the canadian navy. I am 17, extreamly fit and active, interested in physics and math, and am considering going to university under substdised education. I want to be a marine electritan.

I do not plan on being on the navy for my whole life, just long enough to do something great for my country, and to get some great experence, then get a civilian job, and begin a family.

And I was wondering what the navy is realy like. none of the puffed up, lies to make it seem better. I would like to know real, what its like, living conditions, equipment, food, any aspect of the navy.

P.S. Any comments from anyone with Canadian navy experence would be greatly apreciated!


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If you want to start a family it will be very difficult if you are in the navy. Living conditions will be cramped, and privacy or personal space will be almost non existent to what you are used to now. The trade off being ships are somewhat more relaxed than the Army or Air Force bases. I hope you like either Halifax or Vancouver. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:50 pm
 


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If you want to start a family it will be very difficult if you are in the navy. Living conditions will be cramped, and privacy or personal space will be almost non existent to what you are used to now. The trade off being ships are somewhat more relaxed than the Army or Air Force bases. I hope you like either Halifax or Vancouver. :D


You mean Victoria?


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Yes, I did mean Victoria. :oops:


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The Navy? Too much dancing and not enough prancing. And adding a little mincing would be nice too. The good news is that they got rid of the old Royal Navy practice of forcible sodomy a long time ago so the general crew should be relatively safe. Except for whenever they dock in a French port. When that occurs it's open season on everyone.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:10 pm
 


ItsJustOscar wrote:
Hello everyone!

I am currently very interested in joining the canadian navy. I am 17, extreamly fit and active, interested in physics and math, and am considering going to university under substdised education. I want to be a marine electritan.

I do not plan on being on the navy for my whole life, just long enough to do something great for my country, and to get some great experence, then get a civilian job, and begin a family.

And I was wondering what the navy is realy like. none of the puffed up, lies to make it seem better. I would like to know real, what its like, living conditions, equipment, food, any aspect of the navy.

P.S. Any comments from anyone with Canadian navy experence would be greatly apreciated!


I've been in the Navy for 24 years and wouldn't trade a day of it. The ships are fairly modern, and are in the process of further modernizing. Yes they are cramped and you have little privacy and they can damn near dance a jig in bad weather, but you'll see a lot of the world - be it your own coasts and arctic or other parts. Unlike what Guy says, they are fairly strict - one has to be in that kind of environment, with a focus on cleanliness that you might not be used to. The Navy does blue water ops as well as littoral warfare, conducts boarding ops with highly trained and well motivated specialists packing some serious weapons. The downside can be that lack of privacy, days on end where you might not spend much time outside, working in a rolling funhouse atmosphere in sea state 7, and yes, it's hard to start a family. That being said, it can be done, and as you're 17, I doubt you're in a rush anyway.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:13 pm
 


I navy guys I have worked with must have been an exeception then XD


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:20 pm
 


What's the old saying about buggery and the whip?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:22 pm
 


I'm a Navy brat... so yes, I guess you can start a family when you're in the Navy. :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:23 pm
 


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they got rid of the old Royal Navy practice of forcible sodomy a long time ago so...

...that eliminated it as a career choice for Thanos.

Don't bother starting a family if the idea of being away from them for most of the year seems bothersome. The pay is better than the other services as you are isolated and most naval trades are technical. The lack of privacy, boredom and a wacky sleep pattern are the biggest issues you have to adapt to. However, the destinations more than make up for the minor issues. If you want to travel, the navy is the place to be.


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ShepherdsDog wrote:
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they got rid of the old Royal Navy practice of forcible sodomy a long time ago so...

...that eliminated it as a career choice for Thanos.


Hey, I was in the joint once. That shit hurts! 8O


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That shit hurts!

you need more fibre in your diet.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:58 pm
 


Oh, sizzzzz-nap! 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:00 pm
 


In my humble opinion, of the three services it's the best. I was fortunate enough to spend over 32 years in and loved every freakin minute of it. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing, except maybe the 14 days detention. :lol:

Like Gunnair and Shep have said you'll spend a lions share of you're time away from home in cramped quarters with a bunch of other sailors, so, if you like curling up in front of the fireplace with your significant other on cold blustery nights, drinking wine and listening to the soft sounds of Lionel Ritchie, then maybe you might want to consider a career in the Air Force.

The best part of the Navy, besides foreign ports, good friends, strange women and the odd rum issue, is the fact that unlike the boys in the army you're bunk and galley always come with you. It's kinda like going camping..... but only on the ocean. :D

All I can say is give it a try. Nothing venutred, nothing gained. You'll either love it or hate it, but either way you'll get a little free motivational training, a little discipline, and get to see some of the world on the Taxpayers hook.

BTW the pay isn't bad either.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:36 pm
 


I have been in the navy for almost 26 years. The navy has changed alot over the years, most notably after 9/11. Todays navy is a very well trained, operationally minded group. I am currently the senior communications petty officer on HMCS Regina. I am responsible for all communications requirements for this ship. When I first joined, morse code and HF radio were the means of communication. Today, the CCR is wall to wall HP server racks and sat equipment. If you are currently in university, you will most likely be going the officer route. In their world its years of going back and forth from Halifax to Esquimalt. I have been in Esquimalt/Victoria the entire 26 years, so the family thing wasnt an issue. For the officers, its years of command team training, etc in either Halifax or Esquimalt. I believe you have to do a mandatory 9 years service as an officer before you can think of getting out. With the ncm route its only 4. Good luck with your career choice.


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