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October 1, 2015
Royal Navy finding it Difficult to Recruit Submariners
Life on a Royal Australian Navy submarine.
US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Crandall
describes his job as a fire control technician on the USS Montpelier
In 2010 UK TWOSIX.tv presenter Kate
McIntyre visited HMS Torbay (an SSN) to take a look at the roles and life on board a
Royal Navy submarine and to talk to submariners and their families
Youngsters don't want to
serve on Royal Navy submarines because they can't log on to Facebook while
under the waves
spend up to 90 days under water on tours lasting up to a year
• It's a
problem for the Navy which saw 1,740 sailors quit early in 12 months
helping recruit says people now want better work life balance
role asks too big a lifestyle change for social media generation
The Royal Navy is struggling to recruit young people as
they are no longer willing to tolerate the isolation of underwater life.
It's part of a wider trend that has seen all the armed
forces struggling to meet recruitment targets as the social media generation
expect more from their employers.
The news has emerged as part of research by PA Consulting
which has been trying to help the Royal Navy tackle its staff shortages.
Nick Chaffey, head of defence consulting, told TheSunday
Telegraph that society has moved faster than we think over the last few
decades. 'For example, the fact that if you are a submariner, you
are locked in a tin can under the water and that's it for at least a
considerable chunk of time.
'The fact that you are disconnected from the world wide
web and Twitter is actually a significant barrier to recruiting young people.
'You have got a disconnect between the needs of the role,
and potentially the excitement of the role and the expectation and demands of
the next generation of employee.'
The firm claims that young people now expect more from
their employers, change jobs more often and look for a better work life balance.
Its led to a slowing in recruitment and swathes of
soldiers, sailors and airmen leaving the ranks which has meant numbers have
dipped below the government's downsizing target of 82,000 three years before
This is despite multi-million pounds media campaigns to
attract new recruits.
Submariners can expect to spend up to 90 days underwater
at a time but tours can last nearly a yer, with six and a half months spent
In the Navy, 1,740 sailors quit early in the last 12
months, higher rate than in the Army or
Mr Chaffey said it is becoming increasingly difficult to
attract bright young people when they are expected to make such a drastic
change to their lifestyle." see WHOLE ARTICLE