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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2009
    Age on entry:
    British or British/ dual citizenship
    No specific qualifications are needed
    Seaman Specialists can be men or women
    Job Description

    The Royal Navy's surface ships are modern, complex machines which have many tasks to perform. To operate them effectively in all conditions, both at war and in peacetime, requires a team of dedicated and highly skilled people. Modern warfare conditions mean that a ship's ability to defend itself from short-range attacks is more important than ever - Seaman Specialists form a key part of that defence.

    We offer most people the security of a Full Career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. Some people may have the opportunity to serve for longer, depending on their wishes and the needs of the Service. However, if you want to leave the Royal Navy, you can submit 12 months' notice two and a half years after the end end of your initial professional training. The exact length of this training period depends on the particular job you do and the level of training it requires. All new recruits have a right of discharge at 14 days notice after 4 weeks, within the first 6 months of service, regardless of career terms.

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    On Board

    Name: Dionne Brigden
    Age: 21

    What kind of work have you been doing recently?
    We've had eight weeks worth of getting the ship back up to scratch ready to go on this big deployment. Lots of exercises and training to get us ready to go into action again. It was long and it was tiring, but it was good. One night we did an exercise where people came and attacked the ship with small weapons from the dockside. We had to get all armed up and go around and defend the ship. That was really exciting.

    What is the hardest thing about being away at sea?
    I miss my mum, my dad, my sister and my dog. But when I go home, after a week or so I'm thinking, 'I want to go back now, I miss all my friends.' It's like having 250 brothers and sisters on board.

    What do you like to do during your free time?
    I like to keep fit. While we were away at sea recently we were doing circuits three times a day - you know, you go on the flight deck and do press-ups, sit-ups, squat thrusts and things. There are also rowing machines, step machines and other gym equipment on the ship. When the ship's alongside, we've got a girls' football team and we're doing really well at the minute. I think we've played nine ships and we haven't been beaten so far.

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