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MINE WARFARE SPECIALIST

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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2009
    Age on entry:
    16-36
    Nationality:
    British or British/ dual citizenship
    Qualifications:
    No specific qualifications are needed
    Gender:
    Mine Warfare Specialists can be men or women
    Job description

    In the past 25 years, the Royal Navy has been actively involved in mine-clearance operations in many parts of the world - from the Falkland Islands to the Red Sea and the Gulf. Mine Warfare Specialists are essential members of the team that clears mines and makes shipping lanes safe for warships and merchant vessels.

    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: Tony Glease
    Age: 19

    What are the qualities you need for your job?

    Above all, you need to be patient and careful: the kind of person who's aware of what's happening around them. Safety always comes first.

    Are there other duties as well as minehunting?

    The mine warfare ships also do fishery protection to make sure there is no illegal fishing in British waters.

    What is the atmosphere like on board the smaller ships?

    It's more relaxed than on the bigger ships. The Officers get on well with us and we all go out for a few beers together. Even the Captain comes down to our mess to have a chat with us. But you can sometimes feel worse in very rough weather when you're on a smaller ship.

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