Royal Navy promotion statistics revealed

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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.