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    Basic training

    Once you have been accepted, you will take part in a challenging but enjoyable nine-week course at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall.

    HMS Raleigh is treated as if it were a ship; it is in fact based on shore. Here you will learn the basics of marching, staying organised, teamwork, firefighting, security and weapons handling, and you will start to apply those skills in exercises on Dartmoor.

    We strongly recommend that you start to build on your fitness levels before you arrive for training - you will feel more confident and enjoy the training much more.

    Professional training

    You will begin to get to grips with the job during your two months' professional training at the Royal Navy's Maritime Warfare School Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Training Group at HMS Drake in Plymouth, where you will learn how to measure sea tides and depths; how the seabed is examined for shape and texture; and basic observation skills to give you a meteorological grounding.

    You will then join a ship to gain practical experience of life on board a modern warship. You will begin to learn the military role of the ship, how it is managed and where your job fits in.

    Following a further short course at the Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire, you will consolidate your training on one of the ships of the Survey Squadron for six to 12 months, before moving to a ship or Naval Air Station.

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