In addition to learning key military skills this first phase is all about determination and working as a team

Commander Ian Lynn, Commander Training at BRNC Dartmouth

OC Matt Rees hails from Ellesmere Port. The 25-year-old already has some experience of the Royal Navy as a member of the Royal Naval Reserves. 

He said: “I’ve been waiting a couple of years to join. I wanted to do something different, making a difference in the world and have a life worth living. I have a basic understanding of what’s going to happen during training, but it’s all still a learning experience. 

“I think you can do as much prep as you want, but it’s still going to be a massive culture shock. I’m looking forward to driving a warship; a little bit nervous about that, but where else can you do that in your 20s.”

The course at BRNC is split into two distinct phases, the first of which is known as the militarisation phase. 

Commander Ian Lynn, Commander Training at BRNC, said: “In addition to learning key military skills this first phase is all about determination and working as a team. They will be taught how to develop their skills as leaders within the college and on Dartmoor. 

“We’ll also take them down on to the river to learn how to drive the fleet of boats we use for training. There will be an introduction into critical thinking, ethics and Royal Navy ethos. 

“It’s a very busy period for them designed to give them a good foundation to build upon in the second stage of this course, which will include a period at sea on board an operational warship.”

Members of the public can follow the progress of these cadets via the college Twitter account - @DartmouthBRNC.

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