Overview of the Naval Professional Training

The Naval Professional Studies and Training educates the officer cadets in both theoretical studies and practical training. The theoretical studies provide basic knowledge and experience in navigation, seamanship and naval operation an adequate level to pursue an advanced professional naval program after graduating from the RTNA.

The professional naval training provides the practical training which will take about 21 weeks through 4 years.

The naval professional training consists of:
New entry training (3 weeks) for new cadets
• Mid-year training (3 times 3 weeks)
• Overseas training (3 times 6 weeks)
• Officer preparatory training (3 weeks), just before the cadets graduate.

The mid-year training is divided into three courses of three weeks.
The first year cadets have a marine (infantry) training, the second year cadets damage control, which includes fire fighting, and the third year cadets train  underwater operations.

An impression of the overseas training:

III times on fleet training

Naval cadets must go on an fleet training [overseas training] across the sea to foreign countries every year at the end of the academic year. Before that, we will go to the Sattahip Naval Base for about 10 days to prepare for the fleet training...

...The first year, we will study about navy customs and courtesy, seamanship and sailor activities. We don't have to think, we must follow orders only. The second year is a little better than the first year. We study all about engines on the ship, damage control and fire fighting. The third year is the last time for fleet training while we are students. This year we have leadership and more responsibility, because we have to learn about navy communication, radar, plotting, commanding the engines, CIC (Combat Information Center), navigation and everything that is on the ship. We prepare to become officers. We revise all our previous trainings. We have to control the actions of the other naval cadets.

Our most important experience is to go to other countries, which gives us a different vision. We can see differences between Thailand and the other countries. Some things are good, some things are bad, but we will bring the good things back to develop the Royal Thai Navy and our country.

Written by Manhattan Rebellion, November 2005

Last update: Humanities Department, March 2006.   Feedback