ROYAL Navy officers typically spend just under three years in training before their first promotion, figures released yesterday showed.
MoD statistics show officers entering service as a Sub-Lieutenant have to wait 2.9 years to become a midshipman.
However, ratings have a much longer wait to climb the first rung of the rigging.
An Able Seaman typically serves 6.8 years in the navy before being promoted to a Leading Hand.
The figures were released by defence minister Mark Francois after a parliamentary question from Labour’s Jim Murphy.