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Boatswain's Mate
Fancy an exciting career that will allow you to travel the world while performing a wide array of interesting seamanship

Additional Information
In this classic Navy role you'll be trained in two key areas, both of which are critical to operational capability. You'll learn
seamanship skills such as rope and anchor work, small boat handling, berthing, towing, helmsmanship and refuelling at
sea. You will become a close range weapon specialist, proficient in pistols, rifles, shotguns and machine guns; and
operating remotely fired gun systems.

You never stop learning in the Navy. We will invest heavily in your personal, vocational and character development, and
many of the skills and attributes you acquire will benefit your whole career. As you expand your knowledge and progress to
Able Seaman and Leading Seaman, you will be given the opportunity to move into new areas of responsibility such as
navigation and watch keeping.

Life in the Navy is varied and rewarding, and the experiences you'll share at home and overseas will cement friendships
that last a lifetime. At sea you'll enjoy travel, adventure, good food, and plenty of time off for rest, relaxation and exercise
in onboard gyms. Then when ashore, make the most of the excellent sports, social and entertainment facilities on base, or
head out and about with friends and family.

In the Navy you'll receive a competitive salary, generous Super and an excellent range of benefits. You get paid from the
day you start training and your salary will increase with rank and experience.
can earn over
$60,400 p.a.
on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowances and applies to full time
general entry.

Job Details

Petty Officers are members of the company of senior sailors. Leading Seamen are the first line of supervisors in the chain of command and as such have an important role in the maintenance of good order and discipline among their subordinates. small boat handling and operations. maintaining and operating weapons such as the Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon electro-optical remotely fired gun systems and the 12. • Petty Officer to Chief Petty Officer . F89 machine gun. Further promotion to Leading Seaman. Warrant Officers may undertake planning. Petty Officer. Petty Officer Boatswains have the ability to increase skill levels by obtaining a Navigation Watch keeping Certificate (NWC). As a Leading Seaman BM. within the seamanship area of employment. rope-work. berthing. There is considerable variation between categories. training and supervision of the more advanced seamanship evolutions including anchor work. They are required to possess superior leadership and professional qualities.minimum of 4 years. 870P shotgun and batons. and replenishment (re-fuelling) at sea. you may sub-specialise as a Navigator's Yeoman (NY) or Shipborne Lifesaving and Survival Equipment Maintainer (SLSEM). Their positions will involve personal accountability.7mm heavy machine gun.Length of Employment Training course. You are also required to conduct ships husbandry (Corrosion Control). Each Sailor job in the Navy is referred to as a category. Additionally. creative research and problem solving activities. and evolutions associated with the movement of ships in harbour. as a BM you will be able to perform the following tasks: tying knots. work with wires. and  • Chief Petty Officer to Warrant Officer . You may be selected to specialise in Fast Roping from Navy Helicopters in support of boarding ships. General Entry (Non-Technical Trades) Sailors graduate from recruit training with the rank of Seaman Star and generally progress to Able Seaman after 12 months of effective service following completion of employment training. In addition. and Force Protection. Leading Seamen are referred to as Junior Non-Commissioned Officers. Petty Officers perform management and technical specialist duties within their category.Other Ranks (Non Technical) The Boatswain's Mate (BM) Category provides the bulk of Navy’s corps of professional seaman. The BM Category is also heavily involved in Boarding Operations. rope work. However. BMs provide the specialist knowledge.minimum of 2 years. • Leading Seaman to Petty Officer .11 weeks (length of Military Training course). Chief Petty Officers are also members of the company of senior sailors and are required to demonstrate a well developed capacity for self directed work and a high degree of applied professional theoretical knowledge and well developed supervisory competence. Non-Technical Sailors perform a wide range of tasks in support of Navy operations. you have the option of becoming an Officer of the Watch (OOW) on Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB) by obtaining your Limited Navigation Watch keeping Certificate (LNWC). They are expected to provide an important role model for subordinates. • Seaman to Able Seaman . dental. physical fitness) and vacancies.minimum of 4 years. The BM is also the Navy's subject matter expert in F88 Austeyr rifle. Their positions often involve a significant degree of personal accountability. individual readiness (medical. for example. Boatswain's Mate is a category. The opportunity to transfer to commissioned officer is open to all sailors of Able Seaman rank and above who possess the . BM sailors are the Navy’s close range weapon specialists. as a guide.minimum of 4 years. Entry Other Ranks (Non Technical) General Entry (Non-Technical Trades) is the term used to describe the non-technical jobs available to people entering the Navy as Sailors (non-Officer entry) and for which trade training is provided. Later in your career as an Able Seaman. • Seaman Star (Unqualified) to Seaman . • Able Seaman to Leading Seaman . towing. Warrant Officer is the most senior sailor rank. 9mm pistol. time in rank. Selected BMs can be nominated to attend the demolition charge preparation course.12 months after completion of employment training course. the following minimum times are spent in each rank: • Recruit to Seaman Star (Unqualified) . helmsmanship. buoys and shackles. Chief Petty Officer and Warrant Officer is based on merit and takes into consideration performance.

all sailors will perform such activities as: • Fire Fighting . While in a shore establishment. . General Requirements Age Requirement Applicants must be aged between 17 and 54 years of age inclusive on day of entry. accommodation and utilities (as applicable).576 per fortnight ($40. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age. Pay & Allowances Other Ranks (Non Technical) Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1. • Damage Control .976 per year).854 per year).assisting with the re-supply of ships at sea. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family. you will also receive $387 per fortnight ($10. however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age. • Communal Duties . This particular job commences at Pay Grade 2 on completion of Initial Employment Training. and superannuation.working in teams to help clean and maintain all work and living areas. depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.necessary educational qualifications and personal attributes.member of the overnight security.maintenance and upkeep of ships' surfaces.All members of the Navy are required to maintain an appropriate level of physical fitness.assisting with ship damage emergency repairs.  To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition. • Replenishment at Sea .*  In addition to your salary. fittings and equipment. you will receive Service Allowance of $517 per fortnight ($13. Pay Grade may also increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of advanced courses.086 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.containment and extinguishing of all types of fires.*  While under training. you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per fortnight ($419 per year). fire fighting and emergency party (including first aid) on a roster basis.448 per year) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training.*  Salary while undertaking Initial Employment Training: $1. * Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation. Irrespective of category.knowledge and application of basic first-aid medical skills. fire fighting and emergency party.member of the overnight security.  Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Initial Employment Training: $1. Therefore on a ship. and • Physical Fitness .847 per fortnight ($48029 per year).379 per fortnight ($35. meals. sailors' duties are just as important as specialist duties.  Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. Physical fitness is tested on an annual basis.  Refer to the Salary Scales for further details. • First Aid . all sailors will perform: • Duty Watch . in addition to normal day to day employment. • Ship Husbandry . • Duty Watch .  Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank.

If you are a Permanent Resident of Australia. and then only in exceptional circumstances. collection of relevant information and. . You will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment. or have a checkable background for this period. The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. or If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade or do not possess evidence of your educational attainment there is an alternative pathway available to you. You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this trade. as required. Find out more in our Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities. Further information is available here.Citizenship Requirement Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF. A process of background checks. Education & Experience Other Ranks (Non Technical) The minimum educational standard for entry to the Boatswain's Mate Category is successful completion of Year 10 level. Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date. which must include passes in English and Mathematics. you may apply while still studying Year 10. Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here. spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. However. Aptitude Requirement The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests including verbal. the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements. interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years. Security Requirement The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

 On enlistment if you elect to serve an open ended enlistment. you must be medically and physically fit for entry into the ADF.  All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement of initial training. subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.  • a 50m swim using three safety strokes. Competency in the RANST is achieved through successful completion of each component comprising:  • a safety jump off a 3m tower in overalls. Additional Requirements Other Ranks (Non Technical) Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST) The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy’s duty of care to all serving personnel. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival at sea training.  Note: You will find it much easier to pass the swimming test if you undertake swimming training before you join. with respect to rudimentary swimming skills.Medical & Fitness Requirements Other Ranks (Non Technical) To be appointed.  • a 10m underwater swim in overalls.  It is therefore strongly advised that all candidates considering entry to the Royal Australian  For more details on medical and physical standards refer to 'Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF' and 'Medical Process for Entry into the ADF'. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history. with respect to rudimentary swimming .  Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST) The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy’s duty of care to all serving personnel. subject to your continued suitability for service.  Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. you will be able to serve until retirement age. and  • the ability to tread water or float for 15 mins (removal of overalls optional). If you elect to serve for a fixed period of service. followed by a physical examination.  You must also pass the swim test and physical fitness test to graduate from your Navy Training and to proceed to the Safety of Life at Sea Training that is a requirement for Recruit School and Officer training. Period of Service Other Ranks (Non Technical) You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years.  Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

you will receive Joining Instructions for the Recruit Training Course. Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training. The eleven week Recruit Course is designed to give you sufficient knowledge and skills on which to base your navy career. participate in a Graduation Parade. accommodation and utilities. Military Training Other Ranks (Non Technical) Duration: 11 weeks Location: Crib Point. Competency in the RANST is achieved through successful completion of each component comprising: safety jump. After Graduation personnel will be posted to category schools at HMAS CERBERUS or at other training establishments throughout Australia. Private study areas are available in the school and a Duty Instructor is available for assistance during non-instructional hours. The course includes both classroom and practical activities. Most subjects are individually tested. The school has its own administration building. It is therefore strongly advised that all candidates considering entry to the Royal Australian Navy are either proficient with or are working towards gaining swimming skills. Examinations are set to ensure Recruits are sufficiently prepared to undertake further specialist training at category schools. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted. Employment Training Other Ranks (Non Technical) Following the completion of Military (Recruit) Training which includes Sea Survival and a Ship Safety Course. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival at sea training. you will complete a Boatswain's Mate Course of 10 weeks and a Basic Seamanship Course of 3 weeks. including the Navy Swimming Test. All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement of initial training. both conducted at the Boatswain Faculty. and treading water to remain afloat for 15 minutes.skills. When you are offered a General Entry job in the Navy. continuous swim for 50 metres. This information is also available by accessing the Navy Recruit School web site. which is normally held on the Friday of the last week of training. Recruits who successfully complete the course. HMAS Cerberus. members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals. Recruits will have the opportunity to invite family and friends to view the parade. accommodation blocks and classrooms and operates as an independent unit within the greater training environment of HMAS CERBERUS. Victoria about 70 kilometres south east of Melbourne. underwater front scull swim of 10 metres. These instructions will provide you with a good indication of the daily routine while at the Recruit School and what will be expected of you during your training. Boatswain's Mate Course Duration: 10 weeks . Victoria The Recruit School at HMAS CERBERUS is situated on Western Port Bay. depending on a number of factors.

If Submarine Service interests YOU let the Interviewing Officer know at your Recruiting Centre.cleanliness of all parts of a ship (except machinery spaces). F89 Minimi. male and female.working all types of cordage. Following promotion to Petty Officer Boatswain (POB). maintenance of all forms of rigging. • Watch on Deck (WOD) requirements including lookouts. can sub-specialise in a number of career options such as: • Navigator's Yeoman (NY). The journal is also a promotion prerequisite for all BM sailors to Leading Seaman. line handling and acting as a member of a ship's cable party. and • Boarding Parties for fisheries and other enforcement operations.a working knowledge of ship organisation. towing. Service in submarines is extremely demanding.Refuelling). or • Shipborne Lifesaving and Survival Equipment Maintainer (SLSEM). Life buoy sentry and Helmsmanship (steering the ship) skills. Quarter Master Assistant (QMA). experience and most importantly. Although not all sailor categories are employed in submarines. This course is completed by all Seaman Branch sailors and covers all aspects of basic seamanship. • General . and • Man overboard recovery methods by boat and swimmer. MAG 58 and 9mm Pistol. especially when acting as part of a group detached from the ship using F88 AUSTEYR. .preparation of sea boat. erecting awnings. ( See the individual category sections to find out if the trade of your choice has a submarine component. Acoustic Warfare Analysts (AWA) and Electronic Warfare Analysts (EWA) are drawn from any category. • Anchorwork . Submarine Service Application to transfer to submarines is open to all sailors and some officers. Volunteers may apply for Acoustic Warfare Analyst (AWA SM) whilst in Recruit School and to other submariner categories as early in their careers as during initial sailor trade and officer primary qualification training. Basic Seamanship Course Duration: 3 weeks. launch and recovery of sea boat and man over board recovery drills.The Boatswain's Mate Course covers: • The proficient and proper use of firearms and other hand weapons. • Rigging . The Journal is a prime indicator of training progression. including: • Boatwork . routines and survival at sea. • The ability to diffuse situations and where necessary apply the appropriate level of use of force. competence. understanding splicing. Transfer into one of these may be necessary for some personnel to serve in submarines. slips and shackles. • Providing visual assistance for the direction of medium range gunnery systems.7mm machine gun. 870p Shotgun.maintenance of ships and boats anchors and cables. can sub-specialise in career options such as: • Limited Navigation Watch Keeping Certificate (LNWC). The BM Journal is completed throughout initial and on the job training. both emotionally and physically. can sub-specialise in career options such as: • Navigation Watch Keeping Certificate (NWC). Following promotion to Leading Seaman Boatswain's Mate (LSBM). • Ships Husbandry . blocks. • The operation of a ship's close range weapons system including 12. • Major seamanship taskings including Replenishment at sea (RAS . Able Seaman Boatswain's Mates (ABBM). Sub Specialist Option Other Ranks (Non Technical) Following 12 months at sea. If not you may volunteer to transfer to AWA or EWA ). Journal of Experience and Achievement The Boatswain’s Mate Competency Journal of Experience and Achievement is a record of the completed BM training program.

Transfer of category is necessary to become a submariner. Many a new recruit to the Submarine Arm of the Royal Australian Navy believes that he /she has what it takes to become a good submariner. However. then you must be prepared for some very demanding personal challenges throughout your training and employment. Defence Force Recruiting disseminates information free of charge for the benefit of the public. except when ashore. Defence Force Recruiting gives no express or implied in relation to this website or the accuracy. If you come through these you will be willingly accepted into the Submarine Arm of the Royal Australian Navy and welcome to wear 'The Dolphins' (the submariner's badge of distinction). and makes no representations. If you think you have what it takes. been tested to the limits of their endurance and abilities and found to have what it takes to be members of a very demanding arm of the Royal Australian Navy. For more information see http://www. Submarine personnel work long hours and are constantly subjected to emotional and physical pressures not found in surface ships. Note: Submarine Service is not a sub-specialisation of this category. Employment Location Other Ranks (Non Technical) All sailors will serve in fleet units and shore establishments on a rotational basis. They have met the challenges. until you have been tested and have experienced the arduous conditions and life inside a submarine. Defence Force Recruiting monitors the quality of the information available on this website and updates the information regularly. currency or completeness of any material contained on this website or on any linked site. However. reliability.defencejobs.Submariners work and live in very close proximity to each other and personal privacy is extremely limited. you won't fully appreciate the Today's Submariner is a unique breed of sailor/officer.aspx .