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The Senior Rates Command Course

The Senior Rates Command Course (SRCC) is held at the School of Leadership and Management, HMS Collingwood in Fareham Hants.  The RNR SRCC is one of many courses that are underway at the school at any one time.  The RNR student and other course members course are therefore expected to hold their own alongside their full time colleagues.

The course, two weeks in length, is designed to bring out the command, leadership and management potential in the RNR senior rate.  It is a pre-requisite for confirmation as a Petty Officer, and for advancement to Chief Petty Officer.

Preparation is key to a successful and rewarding two weeks, and this includes preparation of the mind as well as the body.  A lecture lasting 12 minutes should be prepared, and any shortcomings in physical ability should be addressed.

The course is very demanding both in terms of long hours and personal fitness. There is an amount of competition against other teams on the assault course and in the gym; a lot of physical activity but enjoyable and very worthwhile.

The course comprises many practical as well as classroom based elements. These can range from assault courses through problem solving/team building exercises to ceremonial and organising entertainment.  The course is varied.  In addition to the above, sport plays a large part in the course make up.  Points are awarded throughout, contributing to a weekly prize.  Classroom work involves lessons on the methods of leadership and tactics that can be employed in various situations.  The student will need to prepare a 12 minute lecture, and to give that lecture confidently to his or her fellow students. There are also modules on the Divisional Senior rate responsibilities and defence writing.

The full two weeks culminates in a 24 hour disaster exercise held at Erlestoke in Wiltshire.  This exercise is designed to test the stamina, leadership and humour of the candidate in extreme conditions.  Based around a disaster scenario, the students will be expected to respond as a team to the situation, providing solutions to casualty clearance, security, accommodation and command and control.  The exercise also involves an overnight navigation module.

Right across the Command Course there is an element of competition, pitting class against class, and group against group within the class.

The course should be approached with a can-do attitude. It is fun, and very rewarding.