Advancement: Tarpaulin Sailors & the Royal Navy Academy

“In the early 18th century, the “tarpaulin” sailor found it ever increasingly difficult to advance in the Navy of the British Empire (Karsten, 1972). Most officer candidates were coming from the more educated class of the nobility and gentry because they could provide for their own education. However, to further enhance naval officer education and… Read More

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Birth of the Royal Navy

“The Puritan Revolution (1640-1660) and the Dutch Wars (1652-1678) led England to establish a permanent national navy with a professional officer corps. It became the Royal Navy in 1660 under Charles II. The Royal Navy became essential in the defense of the island nation and the protection of merchant interests across the globe. Though a… Read More

What is a “Tarpaulin” Sailor?

“In the early 16th century, the modern navies acquired officers from the ranks of enlisted sailors, who had worked their way up to command. These officers are known as “tarpaulin” sailors. They were from very modest families, but were highly experienced with ship handling and naval warfare. The respective navies of the world powers grew… Read More

Studying the Impact of College Selection as it Relates to Future Job Performance…

“In the civilian world, graduates of colleges and universities work for a vast range of companies with extremely diversified pay scales, promotion schedules, and performance evaluation systems. In contrast, all graduates of the commissioning programs serve the same employer: the United States Navy. Therefore, with established performance measures across the organization, job performance in the… Read More

Bachelor Degree’s & the US Navy…

“In 1925, almost the entire [US Navy] officer corps had a bachelor’s degree. However, in 1956, only 56% of commissioned officers had a bachelor’s degree, and this rate would not break 95% again until 1980.” (Lehner, 2008, p.3). Reference Lehner, W.D. (2008) An Analysis of Naval Officer Accession Programs. Master’s Thesis. Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate… Read More

What are the Opportunities for Non-Commissioned Personnel to become Commissioned Officers in the British Armed Forces?

There are a variety of opportunities for non-commissioned personnel to become commissioned officers in the British Armed Forces as outlined below. Naval Services The Naval Service ((Royal Navy) and Royal Marines (RM)) runs several schemes to provide opportunities for the promotion of RN and RM Other Ranks to commissioned ranks. These personnel compete along side… Read More

The Qualities of Officers…

“An officer should have the following qualities: great powers of endurance so that in spite of any hardship he sets an example to his men … he must be able to mix easily with the people … he must study tactics … The most important natural quality is that of complete loyalty.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893… Read More