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Boatswain (BOSN)
« on: August 06, 2004, 22:29:37 »
sup all?

anyone here an aspiring Boatswain/Seaman? ive done all the reaseach i possibly could on it searching the  various DND sites and google. my uncle was a Bosn but not in the CF and he's passed on unfortunately. i know of one CF Bosn reservist, but he's away @ Borden or on a MCDV right now. so till i can talk to him again, can anyone give me some info on MARPAC/BOSUNS/NAVY LIFE/ your opinions on your Initial Contract would be greatly appreciated too.

Links i searched: http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/marpac/ ; http://www.recruiting.forces.gc.ca/engraph/career/tradeinfo_e.aspx?id=181&bhcp=1 ; http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/ ; http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/ ; http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/mspa_navy_life/life_profiles_e.asp?category=5 ; and all the ships websites.

thx all...Hooya! :army:
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2004, 14:47:35 »
I r Bos'n what can I do for you  :D
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2004, 00:57:42 »
Although I didn't post the original question, I'd still like some info!

-What's your typical day like while at sea?   On shore?

-Could you briefly describe your duties?

-How was the occupational training?

-Is there currently a demand for bos'ns?

-Any other useful info you can provide?

Thanks, really appreciate it!   ;D

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2004, 10:38:52 »
Those are some of the same questions I was wondering about

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2005, 12:53:25 »
Im not a Bosun but have several friends who are. Hopefully this will shed some light on your questions:

What's your typical day like while at sea?  On shore?

At sea Bosuns stand upper deck watches, generally in a 1-2 rotation (5 hrs on, 7 off, 7 on, 5 off). The stand lookout duties on the upper deck, make general announcements over ships broadcast, and the senior Bosun on the watch acts as the Throttleman while a tech usually drives the ship. When not standing the upper deck watches (but still ON watch) the Bosuns conduct a variety of maintenance procedures.

When posted ashore there are many many options for Bosuns (more options as you gain seniority). I wouldn't suspect you would even get a shore billet with less than 6 years service. Options could include Range Staff, Small arms training, Fleet School Instructor, Small Boats Unit, Boat Shed, Fleet Maintenance, Drill Instructor etc etc.

-Could you briefly describe your duties?

Bosuns do general deck maintenance, guardrail maintenance, small calibre weapons maintenance. They are the â Å“expertsâ ? on small arms, drill and general seamanship evolutions such as RAS (replenishment at sea), fuelling, painting etc.

-How was the occupational training?

Occupational training is short from my understanding and does include navigational training.

-Is there currently a demand for bos'ns?

Yes, there is always demand for Bosuns. They can be considered the â Å“Infantryâ ? of the Navy. There is a requirement for them but the job is undesirable for many.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2005, 12:56:45 »
Just look for the monitors with whiteout on the screen.

And â Å“Post Itâ ? notes! I worked for a Bosun last year and he used to say, â Å“I left a note on my computerâ ?. I looked around the corner one day and literally, there were Post It notes all over his computer. ;D ::)

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2005, 18:28:11 »
Couple of more postings on the West Coast

Nanoose (operate the range boats)

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Comox is a sweet place (best kept secret)
Mt Washington ski area is right there (opened a whole new ski area this year), fishing, hunting, hiking anything outdoorsy you want.
Courtney-Comox is a rapidly growing area
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and the Bosn work for the Air Force, and since they don't have a clue as to what you do, you can do what ever you want (within reason)

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2005, 11:49:04 »
Hey i tried finding infomation on it but cant hope someone can help...

Is it true that the Boatswain trade is over strenght and harder to get in to now ?

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2005, 12:39:41 »
Well they only need 15 people this year so they are close.
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2005, 18:36:49 »
Is that for reserves or Regular forces..


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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2005, 18:40:38 »
The boatswain trade in the regs is never "hurting". THe reserves needs boatswains. THe regs do not.
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2005, 18:42:36 »
Is that for reserves or Regular forces..


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That would be for the regular force. ::)
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2005, 18:43:35 »
so is it like impossible almost to get in the boatswain trade ... like i was thinking Infantry .. but i would really like to be in the boatswain.. is that figure like for the intire year only 15 people ?
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2005, 18:46:37 »
so is it like impossible almost to get in the boatswain trade ... like i was thinking Infantry .. but i would really like to be in the boatswain.. is that figure like for the intire year only 15 people ?
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Yes it is hard to get in the trade if there is only 15 positions available.  Impossible no and yes that is for the entire year.  Pick a trade and apply for it and the recruiting centre will tell you if you are competitive for it or not.
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2005, 18:48:45 »
Why is boatswain trade such a filled one ?
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2005, 19:01:04 »
Why is boatswain trade such a filled one ?
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I don't know.  Maybe because they pay in bananas?
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2005, 19:02:38 »
Ha Ha thanks that  helps lol well what trade is there that would be like boatswain ?  :cdn:
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2005, 19:10:47 »
Ha Ha thanks that   helps lol well what trade is there that would be like boatswain ?   :cdn:

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2005, 19:35:28 »
I don't know.   Maybe because they pay in bananas?

Delicious bananas, me work hard, me deck ape. Actually I find it funny that a thread about bosun's has a mispelled subject line. LOL.
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2005, 19:46:53 »
Delicious bananas, me work hard, me deck ape. Actually I find it funny that a thread about bosun's has a mispelled subject line. LOL.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2005, 21:38:16 »
yeah i noticed that opps my bad :cdn:
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2005, 08:20:22 »
I heard its almost impossible to get in cuz there are to many is that true ?

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2005, 16:27:04 »
I heard its almost impossible to get in cuz there are to many is that true ? :cdn:

With the CDS talking about getting an Amphib(s), plus the navy getting the JSS and down the road a common hull to replace both the 280s and the CPFs you will most likely see a recruiting drive on for both Boatswains and any other hard sea trade.
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2005, 18:38:16 »
any chance that drive will be around November of this year hehe  :cdn:
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2007, 21:15:36 »
I've read just about everything i could find on the net about being a BOSN and BOSN training , i would like to know even more than this though. There isn't much talk on the net about BOSN life or the training for that matter. My bmq finishes sometime in November and from there i'll be doing further training for the Boatswain trade. Anyone know some 'perks' about being a BOSN , i hear on here that jobs as an operator of any sort generally have more 'off time' or 'breaks' so to speak. I'm really looking forward to this job , all my past work expirence has been generally tough physical labor of sorts , so i think i'll fit in somewhat. I used to load trucks with 50-Pound bags of dogfood all day long in some pretty high temperatures , all by hand. Being a bosn sould be easier somewhat more relaxed than that  8)
 

I hope someone can blast me and tell me i'm wrong , or something , anything. Cause i just want to know more  :salute: