Air engineer technician

All three services get more or less the same. It's just delivered over different time scales. I believe the RN do a foundation degree now?


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slim

War Hero
It's all different from my day, seems that if you cannot cut it as a mechanician you will be stuck as an OD and never make killick or PO. Shame as we had a number of mechanics who made extremely good Leading hands and even petty officers but would never have made it on Mechs course.
 

slim

War Hero
Promotion is based on ability, the three badge ABs we were talking about were from a previous era when the RN had a two tier system. There were mechanics in one tier and in the other were Mechanicians and Tiffs (spit) these were interchangeable and more highly skilled than the mechanics.
It was always possible for the brighter mechanic to be selected for mechanician training and so shift across.
However as always some mechanics slipped through the selection system and though they could pass basic training they were unable to pass the subsequent examinations which lead to leading hand and then petty occifer.
hence they stayed able rate for their whole career.
These were not useless people though, many were bright and able to turn their hand at other things, as a three badger they could normally be relied on to take youngsters under their wing and pass on their experience.
All were extremely good at dodging work , duties, dirty jobs and the like and could normally manage to get a cushy number such as chiefs messman, stores liason and the better communal duties.:D
 

caldee22

Lantern Swinger
It's all different from my day, seems that if you cannot cut it as a mechanician you will be stuck as an OD and never make killick or PO. Shame as we had a number of mechanics who made extremely good Leading hands and even petty officers but would never have made it on Mechs course.
How does it work nowhere days?
 
There are only AET's (no mechs or tiffs) in truth everybody is now a tiff.

Keep you nose clean, work hard, don't be the squadron cock and you will do well.


There is no field gun anymore to guarantee you at least made CPO!! [emoji6]


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caldee22

Lantern Swinger
Thanks JFH! I start training in April, do you think by the time i've done both basic and my phase 2 i could get on the new Aircraft careers?
 
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