AET & ACH Basic info for new joiners

Gazza82

Lantern Swinger
MOD EDIT: I have made this a sticky as it has some useful information regarding AET (mostly) & ACH, J_D

Hello All
I have a Question is there anyone on this forum who is/was in the AET trade?

I have chosen AET and Aircraft handler as my 2 choices and if I pass for both I wont know which one to go for.

I am currently speaking to someone who is an aircraft handler and the job sounds really great. I have got the basic info for AET which the AFCO provide but not the information about life in the AET trade. eg what is the working day like? (told from someone who's currently doing it or has been doing it) Is it more shore work than at sea? etc..... Basicly detailed stuff the AFCO dont provide really.

I know its alot to ask for and not everyone will be able to help but I hope there is someone that can.
It might sound stupid to some of you but I just want to make the right choice in trades. ^_^; :colors:
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Re: AET

Greetings Gazza,

Think Sgt PB has covered it.

Just a brief precis:

AET requires one of the highest recruiting test scores in the Navy & is, as the name implies, a technician.

Aircraft Handler (NA[AH]), whilst still transferable trade, particularly as Aircraft Fire-fighter, requires a comparatively lower score & involves no formal technical training.

AETs generally serve on all ships that carry aircraft, frigates upwards. NA(AH) tend to serve on ships bigger than destroyers. In both cases, most, though not all, you will serve with a squadron & when that squadron is embarked onboard ship, you are too.

You probably get slightly more sea-time as an AET at present. If you want to serve on ships continuously, then neither AET or NA(AH) are the ideal trades for this as you move back to your Air Station whilst the ship is alongside in UK as AET or NA(AH). The jobs themselves, although involving the same aircraft are very different.
 

NoFaultFound

Badgeman
Re: AET

The main difference is that as an AET you get an engineering trade behind you which you won't as an AH. The way things are going this will mean a foundation degree and professional reconition by civilian acredditation bodies. As an AH you will have driving skills including HGV. So its up to you, what do you feel the 21st century needs - technicians or drivers.......
 

Gazza82

Lantern Swinger
Re: AET

Thanks ninja and Nofaultfound.
Very helpfull information. I understand that AET requires a higher score. and those were the 2 trades I wanted to join as before I went to the AFCO though I will wait and see what my Test results are and depending on results I might have a closer look at other jobs I would be able to do with my score.
Basicly I just love aircraft and as I cant be a pilot I would really love to do something with them.
I have another question what does it mean that NA(AH) is a transferable trade?
Could I apply to transfer to AET when I am in the NA(AH) trade even tho the score from the test at the AFCO wasnt high enough?
 
Re: AET

Gazza82 said:
Thanks ninja and Nofaultfound.
Very helpfull information. I understand that AET requires a higher score. and those were the 2 trades I wanted to join as before I went to the AFCO though I will wait and see what my Test results are and depending on results I might have a closer look at other jobs I would be able to do with my score.
Basicly I just love aircraft and as I cant be a pilot I would really love to do something with them.
I have another question what does it mean that NA(AH) is a transferable trade?
Could I apply to transfer to AET when I am in the NA(AH) trade even tho the score from the test at the AFCO wasnt high enough?

You say you can't be a pilot.
Without prying why is that if it is what you really want to do? If not in the RN there could be openings elsewhere.
 

Gazza82

Lantern Swinger
Re: AET

No I've tried different things. lots of different things and now my age is the fact I cant anymore... But I've got used to the idea and think it atleast would be good to work with aircraft.
Maybe at some point I can take it up privatly.
 
Re: AET

Gazza82 said:
No I've tried different things. lots of different things and now my age is the fact I cant anymore... But I've got used to the idea and think it atleast would be good to work with aircraft.
Maybe at some point I can take it up privatly.

That's a good idea, you won't regret it.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Re: AET

Gazza82 said:
I have another question what does it mean that NA(AH) is a transferable trade?
Could I apply to transfer to AET when I am in the NA(AH) trade even tho the score from the test at the AFCO wasnt high enough?

By transferable, I meant that it is a trade which can be used as a civilian. (Unlike rear-gunner on a Lancaster bomber, for example!)

When you sign-on, assuming all goes well, the document actually states: "The Careers Adviser has explained all the trades available to me & I understand that I may NOT tranfer to another branch".

You will have people tell you all sorts of tales about transferring once joined - "Well My mate did this..." in short, you can't & shouldn't expect to be able to.
 

Gazza82

Lantern Swinger
Re: AET

Ninja_Stoker said:
Gazza82 said:
I have another question what does it mean that NA(AH) is a transferable trade?
Could I apply to transfer to AET when I am in the NA(AH) trade even tho the score from the test at the AFCO wasnt high enough?

By transferable, I meant that it is a trade which can be used as a civilian. (Unlike rear-gunner on a Lancaster bomber, for example!)

When you sign-on, assuming all goes well, the document actually states: "The Careers Adviser has explained all the trades available to me & I understand that I may NOT tranfer to another branch".

You will have people tell you all sorts of tales about transferring once joined - "Well My mate did this..." in short, you can't & shouldn't expect to be able to.


Ok thanks Ninja :thumright:
Thats fair enough I mean thats why you should think carefully before joining.
I've just heard alot that some people are transfering to different trades once in the RN and thought I'd better check if this was true
 
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