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prepared it is important that the training all personnel receive is constantly evolving and that includes the training received by new entry officers and ratings. To that end the training includes the formal inclusion of Core Maritime Skills with additional emphasis on fitness, operational law, personal weapon training and other key professional subjects all of which are underpinned by the naval service core values of courage, commitment, discipline, respect for others, integrity and loyalty.


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end result is a slight increase in the training timeline with total length increasing by two weeks from 28 to 30, achieved at no additional cost to the taxpayer. This new training also has a degree of commonality with the Initial Naval Training that new entry ratings now receive at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, which is already yielding improved results since its inception last May. The College will run three terms but take four entries per year (Sep, Nov, Feb and May) to accommodate the training that consists of three 10 week phases.


The first ten weeks is a militarisation phase, designed to


transform civilians, including those who will become naval doctors and dentists into junior military officers. While based primarily at BRNC, the training is interspersed by two weeks training undertaken at HMS Raleigh and periods of training on Dartmoor. This concept emphasises the core maritime skills and sea sense based river training on the Dart and gives early exposure to Command, Leadership and Management (CLM) with all cadets assessed during the major exercise on Dartmoor. Throughout the Militarisation phase there will be continuous threads of ethos, personal development, ceremonial training, staff skills, divisional work and personal administration. The second part of initial training is a ten week Marinisation Phase. This period aims to turn military personnel, with sea sense, into naval officers ready in all respects for onward professional training. The earlier training on the River Dart is further developed and academic and technical subjects are progressively introduced. The training becomes increasingly demanding with cadets now introduced to the concept of Maritime Operational Planning. They will have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes during a new river-based exercise known as Maritime Leadership Development


before facing their final test during the Maritime Leadership (MARL) assessment; a sophisticated exercise in which they will be expected to plan and execute a wide variety of tasks along the length of the Dart and its foreshore. This is a demanding evolution and a real test of character, during which their leadership, seamanship, navigation, resilience and personal organisation will be scrutinised and thoroughly examined. The picket boats, which are due for replacement with a modern updated version from 2013, will be a familiar sight to the people of Dartmouth and will be seen along the River and out beyond Dittisham during this week-long exercise.


The third and final phase of Initial Naval Training continues away from the College as the cadets join ships to complete nine weeks of Initial Fleet Time. As cadets, they will live as if they were young ratings and will be expected to clean their messdecks, various parts of the ship and report them for inspection. Only if they understand the people they seek to lead in this way can they perform well as an officer. The cadets will focus on the internal working of the ships’ departments, the platform’s capability and the wider roles of officers and ratings in the Navy. HMS Illustrious and HMS Bulwark are the current platforms used for this task but there is an aspiration to embark cadets in the Navy’s most modern warships, the Type 45 Destroyers, in the near future.


Initial Fleet Time (IFT) Officer Of the Watch duties


anniversary of the Royal Navy in Dartmouth and I, and my team, look forward to joining the people of the town in marking the occasion in fine style.•


Following completion of their sea training, Officer Cadets will return to the College for a final week, culminating in their Passing Out Parade. Although in the early stages of a new form of training, I am confident that Britannia Royal Naval College will continue to deliver world-class naval officer training that is challenging, relevant and inspirational. In 2013, we will celebrate the 150th


MARL – 5 day exercise on the River Dart (Maritime Leadership Exercise )


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