Branches for New Entries

Hi Everyone,

I will shortly be coming to the end of my New Entry training at President so I will shortly need to think about what branch to join. At the moment I am thinking about AWFP or Communications. I have been asking guys in the mess who are in these branches what they think but just wondered if there was anyone out there in either branch who could give me some background, i.e training, how often you get called up, where you do your training ect?.



Lantern Swinger
Why not go and sit in some of their lessons 2 weeks for AWFP, 2 weeks for Comms maybe do a weekend and get to know the people you will work with and whats involved. Thats what we do at our unit if someone is undecided. Its a big decision and not one to be taken lightly.
I've recently heard a buzz that some units aren't allowing NEs to choose branches and are being put into AWFP for a period of time. As much as I agree with trehorn, cutting off branch choices shows biased preference for AWFP


Lantern Swinger
I must admit our unit seems to use AWFP as a means of keeping people in training while waiting for a seat in the extremley crowded Gunroom, but for those that slip through the CW net all available branches are still open( they are getting fewer and fewer though)


Lantern Swinger
Having been a member of BOTH branches I would say there are pros and cons to both. Depends what you want to get out of it. AWFP do tend to do more fun things like running around with guns and driving around in boats, BUT at the end of the day your day to day job is to stand on the gangway for hours at a time holding a gun.
Comms is a bit different in that you actually do a "job". It can be a bit more boring that standing on the upper deck with a gun, but I've always felt more useful to the RN being a communicator. Having said that, there is a slight lack of direction in the comms branch at the moment - but steps are being taken to rectify this.
As mentioned previously why not spend a bit of time with both branches and see for yourself?
As far as getting called up goes, you WILL get called up - no matter what branch you're in. It's just a matter of time. :rambo:


Lantern Swinger
Forgot to mention that as far as training goes, with Comms you can attend a training weekend once a month in Fareham. There are also additional training events (weekends or week days) working with a real mobile RN comms unit. You can also work in an RN comms centre, or go to sea on RN or RFA ships. The training is there if you want it. Just depends on how much time you are looking to put in.
Hope this helps!?


Lantern Swinger
Try being on watch at 3am in a tiny comms shack with a broken portable dvd player full of porn. Those are the times when you'd do anything for a loaded rifle!!!


Book Reviewer
dunkers said:
Ah was that formerly C4ISR?
Yes and no really - C4ISR was the main specialisation while Comms(Sea) was a sub-specialisation. At the rating level, the only sub-spec was Comms(Sea), while in the occifer world there were a number of sub-specs open.

dunkers said:
Out of interest, are the regular and reserve CIS branches one and the same thing?
That was certainly the intention when it was set up a couple of years back with the RNR training documentation being derived (with little dilution) on the RN material.

There's a thread here about CIS if anyone's interested.
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