Career in Navy -help to choose branch

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  1. Im considering a career in the Navy - been offered mine warfare specialist, Comms branch communicator, Warfare specialist both surface and boats as well as some I have rejected out of hand - steward, seaman specialist, logistics these don't really appeal to me no offence.

    Seriously considering mine warfare - just wanted to know daily tasks and places visited on small ships plus what they do when there at base.


    Any help much appreciated!
     
  2. Have a look at the "Ton Class Association" site. Things can't have changed that much. Whatever you end up doing in the RN enjoy yourself.
     
  3. MCMV's tend not to travel that far...Med, Gulf and lots of time around the west coast of Scotland.

    Depends on what you want out of the navy, any skills that you learn in the navy need to be transferable to the outside world. Given the options you have been offered, I would go for Comms.
    The reason for this is, as a comms bod, you can serve on any vessel the navy has left. MCMV's Destroyers, Carriers or even boats..(spit). Various civilian organisations employ comms specialists, also it gives you the chance to go in other directions like operating with commando units etc.

    Minewarefare, limits you to MCMV's and has little to offer a potential civilian employer in the outside world. Also there is a very good reason why MW ratings are called muppets....and to negate the chance of offending any serving or ex muppets I won't divulge the reason, but any muppet with an IQ higher than his shoe size is considered gifted. 8O MCMV's are great vessels to serve on but a summer deployment around the Western Isles is not as exciting as a trip to the West Indies.

    Spider
     
  4. Hello pal.

    I joined the RN as a cabbage mechanic (chef) and after a few years and a bit of looking around to see who had an easy life with good foreign trips re-catted to Scablifter (Medical Branch). FFs & DDs

    What I'm trying to say is that if the job you initially choose doesn't really suit, then there is often scope to change to something else.

    chin chin
     
  5. There is no choice, only one option.


    Aircraft Controller.
     
  6. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Ninja or Mario will be along shortly to advise that you shouldn't go in with the idea of transferring to another branch.

    Cook to Scablifter, no extra training required then :wink:
     
  7. :D :D :D :lol:
     
  8. When you got to the careers office ask if they are recruiting Splash Target Coxswains. It's a little known specialisation within the Warfare branch and you probably won't find anything on the RN website about it as it is fairly exclusive.

    Judging by your spelling and grammar, you seem fairly switched on, unlike some of the spakkers that come on here asking questions. Mine Warfare might be a little bit below your capabilities, I would seriously look into STC as it might be perfect for you. It's higher payband as well which is always a bonus!
     
  9. I always wanted to go STC but my NAMET wasn't good enough and I couldn't get my mile and a half below 08:30.
    If I had to join up again It'd certainly be something I'd look at. They take left handers too.
     
  10. Yeah it was only recently that they managed to get the kits to convert the targets for left handed use. Apparently it was a procurement fcuk up and they were stuck in a warehouse in Pompey Dockyard for 4 years! Prior to that the lads had to use Harry Black Maskers and cable ties to switch the stearing tackle which wasn't entirely safe. We all remember what happened on the massive in '03 don't we! :lol:
     
  11. I left the Massive before 03! What happened? It always took me ages to get from fx to the quarterdeck
     
  12. Fcuk me, yeah. Poor Knocker, I still see his missus from time to time, she's still in and has just about got over it now. I guess that image of what happened will be ingrained on her mind for life, not something you can just forget.

    It's sad that these things have to happen for changes to pe made. Fcukin IPT.
     
  13. How about left footers?
     
  14. I don't really like to talk about it mate. They did a really nice tribute in the Dockyard Dandy a few months back to mark the anniversary. You might be able to find it on their website.
     
  15. No problem, it's a shame the Miniature wasn't as good a ship :( Worst draft ever
     
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  17. This is far to complex for my limited dabber intelligence, please Un-Nuco into a language I understand.

    I am fluent in English, Jockanese and Jackspeak, I also have a basic understanding of Geordie, Scouse and Manc and I can get by in a bar with Brummie and Mush. Unfortunately I don't understand a word of Janner.
     
  18. Spidiver you say you can go in 'other directions' but then on here ninja and most people say that once you have chosen a career its very difficult to change so im confused :? !!!

    I have read in other literature that once you have a commission then you can go on and get a commission in another area - say start in MW and then progress to MCD!?!?


    And 2_Deck_dash what the hell are Splash Target Coxswains - sounds like a back door spacemans favourite hobby!!!! STC's never heard of em!!!!

    I've already told my AFCO over the phone that MW is the way I want to go now!!!!! Now Im thinking going Comms!
     
  19. I'm not surprised you have never heard of God's chosen branch, it's not the sort of thing they bandy about at the AFCO. I gave you a piece of advice, probably the best advice you will ever get on this site, take it or leave it. You will have to do your own research into this, they won't even consider you as an STC if you can't show some basic initiative.
     
  20. You stick to your guns with MW. Most members of the Branch have served in the Gulf at some time or other during the past three years and enjoyed the sights of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain plus many other ports along the way to and from the UK. Others have served with NATO groups in the Baltic, Western Europe and the Mediterranean.

    Small ships are tops as far as camaraderie, early responsibility and job satisfaction are concerned (you're not a small fish in a big pond) and you get to play with some pretty serious technology including advanced minehunting sonar, UUVs, precise navigation systems, weapons systems and explosives. You also visit harbours too small for other ships to enter and they are normally the best runs ashore. The only drawback is that minehunters don't normally carry splash targets.

    Incidentally, the Captain of HMS Daring, the new Type 45 destroyer, is an MCD officer.
     

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