AET vs CT

masha35

Badgeman
I know, to some degree, this has been covered before by one individual, BUT.....

As some will remember/know, I have been accepted for AET(1st choice) and I have since found out I scored high enough to do CT aswell.

I dont want to make this any more boring/long than it has to be but im really a bit confused as to what direction to take(i know i have to decide in the end..but, its 18 yrs)

I have a politics degree and have always been good on current affairs, geo stuff, military etc etc...its kind of like a hobby. But so far it hasnt really turned into anything useful. Thus, a few years back i broke away from the 'social sciences' and tried my hand hand at engineering. I did an HNC and passed ok, but my maths wasnt great and i wasnt that brilliant, even though i liked it. I love my politics etc but have made a very strong effort to shy away from something that in civvie st, was failing me. I wanted to do a more hands on job.

That said, having been offered both posts potentially, im in a quandary! Ive had great help off here but noone knew, including me, that i had also been accepted for CT.


I know noone can answer me exactly, but a word of advice would help. You lot know the demands of eng in the navy and what it takes to make a go of it(exams, acceptance etc), likewise the CT stuff. I have no real idea, beyond the info here, of what i might expect(esp the CT thing). I want to be out fixing planes etc but my upbringing/interests/natural ability/comfortzone lie with intel.........dah dah!! Don't expect answers etc, but a few words of wisdom would be nice.........................thanks

endnote: i feel that i would just about cope with the maths of Eng, but would struggle abit. Im 35 now and the wait for AET is 6 months and CT is much longer. I see that promotion in Ct is approx half the time of AET(unless fastrack...from posts on here)....so the time lost in waiting is made up later , considerably....one hopes. Its a real humdinger!! Cheers again

Andrej
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
As a completely unbiased onlooker:

Intellectually, you should opt for the job that both interests you the most & stretches your abilities - otherwise you will become disaffected & wish to leave.

Aircraft Engineering Technician really is a very good job, extremely transferrable... But, whilst it's great in the Caribbean getting a great bronzy as you work, it's a bit different in the Arctic when the snow & sea is blasting you horizontally on a pitching deck at night whilst you're scrabbling around counting your Gucci, tinted chrome spanners.

Comms Tech is, lets say, cerebrally challenging. Ideally suited to those with a good grasp/flair for languages & a good analytical mind. The type of person that enjoys cryptic cross-words with a bias towards working indoors rather than outdoors.

(Whereas, Marine Engineers on the other hand, are generally damn good looking, humourous & cleverer than like what anybody else is :lol: .)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
anglichanin said:
The type of person that enjoys cryptic cross-words with a bias towards working indoors rather than out

And sleeping 20 hours a day and drinking gallooooooooons of tea :D :D

Oh yeah, that too.

There'll be a random CT or two along, about 14:00. They'll add their tuppence when they get up & make a brew. (Remembering not to wash the cup afterwards).

Last year I went to a lecture by a CT all about careers. It lasted 45 minutes & left us fully assured that they couldn't tell us about the job. But at least we now know they couldn't tell us about it. It would've taken me about 42 minutes less to explain the same :wink:
 

masha35

Badgeman
Yeah, its a strange one really. Both jobs have a lot to offer for me. I spent years on trawlers as a younger lad and i loved being out there doing the more hands on stuff, though as you say, things can get grim on a freeing night. On the other hand Im one of those sad gits that reads and reads all the time about politics, Afghan, Military affairs generally. I dont have any silly ideas that Ill be sneaking around like 007 but I kind of hope it will be interesting work. Analisis work could be very interesting, but very very grim depending on wht it is....sadly noone can really tell me ofcourse...
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The thing to remember is they are completely different.

If you like the smell of 'Eau de Paraffin,' working predominantly outdoors in a (down) draught, in a physically demanding envirnment, getting your hands dirty, working on hot noisy electro-mechanical stuff on our primary weapons systems with the responsibility of knowing that if the engine stops mid-flight, it gets very messy if you were the last person to have a "tweak".

Likewise if your bladder can take-it & you liked the film U571, mental origami, secret stuff & pretending you know something then possibly CT is the better option. (But don't tell anyone).
 

masha35

Badgeman
I suppose it all comes down to my neurosis of maths really. Given that both jobs are appealing in their own ways, I would probably opt for Eng if it were not for my fears of being unable to progress further down the line because of the advanced Eng maths required. Sadly, those fears do exist and despite the longer wait, I keep leaning towards the devil i know, so to speak. Damn it, im spinning around in circles. Then, again having options is not th worst problem you could have.

Ive still got time to decide fully. Medical come monday, that will be fun!!
 

Ja5on

War Hero
Whilst this thread is here, what are the promotion prospects for AET and do many get to become officers later on?
 

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