19-year-old former Axe Valley Community College student sails through his tough training course

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A 19-year-old Colyton man has sailed through a tough 10-week training course to join the Royal Navy.

From day one, trainee air engineering technician Max Searle was put through his paces at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

He undertook a series of physical and mental challenges in order to reach the essential standards required by every member of the naval service.

Max is a former pupil of Axe Valley Community College who previously worked as a carpenter.

He said: “I joined the Royal Navy because I wanted a meaningful career where I felt that I had a purpose. The training was challenging but very rewarding. I’ve met new people who will be friends for life. My fitness has improved and I feel healthy. The military exercise on Dartmoor, the training in the sinking ship simulator and the passing-out-parade were the high points of the course. Overall I am very proud to have completed training.”

With the first stage of his training complete Max is heading for HMS Sultan in Hampshire. There he will learn how to carry out scheduled maintenance as well as pre and post flight servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm’s helicopters.

The Royal Navy’s initial naval training course is underpinned by nine core maritime skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness.

Recruits are taught the basics of naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field. Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.


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