Air Traffic Controller

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  1. Hello chaps, posting this on behalf of spacktard brother, he's just done his AIB, bad news is he's been turned down for Warfare, good news is he's been offered Air Traffic Control. Or is it? He's just graduated in Marine Geology, and has been offered a couple of hydrographic survey jobs, but after being URNU for the last few years, and now being RMR, is obviously enamoured with all things dark blue....any thoughts/advice gratefully received.

    Rob (on behalf of the wee man)
     
  2. Well I'm a little long in the tooth to be advising whether or not to accept the Air Traffic offer. What I will say though is that your degree seems to be in a subject that you enjoy and most probably in a field that you would enjoy working in. Having been offered positions in the hydro graphic world it may be worth your while accepting one of them.
    If you do not enjoy the work then in a couple of years time hopefully we will still have a Royal Navy and you can apply again.
     
  3. atc would involve doing your brnc time with everyone else. You get to go to RAF Shawbury for your basic air traffic course then you go to either yeovilton or culdrose for your next stage. As for th rest of your career? Well you can flip between the 2 bases, go on exchange to the RAF or maybe a foreign exchange, you can join MAOT as a forward air controller, you can also take your ticket outside with you and get a decent job working for civvie air traffic if you so wanted. I'm sure there are some MAOT and ATC types on here who can tell you more then me though.
     
  4. There are no opportunities for Naval Officers to serve with 148 Bty, it is limited to upto 6 AB/LHs and 2 Senior Rates
     
  5. As said previously ATC will limit your drafts to Air stations/ships/RAF bases if unlucky enough. MAOT will enable you to work with Royal in support of 3 Cdo Brigade. No 148 drafts sorry. Seems RN Officers who go AC tend to wriggle like crazy to get out of their branch !! Possible combat indicator that its not the best branch ?! If you want a Green Beret then become a Bootneck Officer !!!!?
     
  6. Im going to the royal navy as ATCO, I start BRNC on the 25th o Febuary. A lot of people think going to a totally different area of work never works out for the best. I worked as a chef for a family run Restaurant for 3 years. Why didnt i want to become a chef in the Royal Navy i hear you ask?
    Well i wanted something new, exciting, the thrill of being the one in command of getting people home safely. A pilot can fly the plane, only the ground can tell him how to get there. I think its a very rewarding career. It is one i can not wait to begin.
     
  7. I'm not knocking your commitment in any way, nor disparaging your intent, but what the hell have you been reading (or drinking)? Welcome to the mob.
     
  8. [/quote]swalke40 wrote:
    Im going to the royal navy as ATCO, I start BRNC on the 25th o Febuary. A lot of people think going to a totally different area of work never works out for the best. I worked as a chef for a family run Restaurant for 3 years. Why didnt i want to become a chef in the Royal Navy i hear you ask?
    Well i wanted something new, exciting, the thrill of being the one in command of getting people home safely. A pilot can fly the plane, only the ground can tell him how to get there. I think its a very rewarding career. It is one i can not wait to begin.


    Generally I find that it's quite simple to find home, we mark it on our charts with big fat arrows and a big black line which we follow. Granted air traffic try and stop us hitting each other which does come in handy from time to time. Enjoy the mob though fella[hr]
     
  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Spot on!

    There are a lot of people that get an insight into the RN through various means, then decide which elements appeal & hope they can combine them all in one job. The reality is often very different, so whilst it's good to aspire to the James Bond lifestyle, don't join in the expectation that it will definitely happen or you'll be bitterly disappointed.

    There are one or two Royal Marines fast jet pilots for example, there are some Royal Navy Commando Officers, but the clue as to their primary role is the word that comes immediately after "Royal".

    Not so long ago I fielded an irate phonecall from the parent of a young sailor who was "Working at a boring medical reception desk. That's not what they joined up to do, they wanted travel & adventure".

    We all do, but it's a job, not an entertainment agency & there are mundane & menial aspects to all jobs. Study the literature- it's all mentioned in there.

    Welcome to Rum Ration & Good luck in your aspirations!
     
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Unless someone can advise otherwise: my perception of the whole point of All Arms Commando Course (AACC) is to enable personnel with required trade specialisations, which are usually not available within the Corps or in insufficient numbers, to augment 3 Commando Brigade with their specialist skills together with the Commando capability. Personnel working front-line with a Commando unit, if not Commando trained, could be viewed as a labour intensive liability rather than as an asset.

    So far as I'm aware your appointer will not simply send people on AACC unless there is an operational requirement which justifies the expense in terms of time and cost.
     

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