CIS Information & Interview

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  1. Hello,

    I have my interview in a few weeks for CIS and have been researching a lot about the role, what it includes and what my specific role will be on a day-to-day basis. I haven't found a great deal of (reliable) information and the training that I looked at was a little vague.

    From what I gathered and have written down, I would start my basic training for 9 weeks at HMS Raleigh (I've heard it's 10 weeks and, again, this is unclear to me), and after passing, I would spend four months at the Maritime Warfare School at HMS Collingwood. After this, I'd spend some time on a real warship and then complete further training/exams at Collingwood.

    My daily role would be to send and receive communications and deliver them to the Captain, I'd handle weather forecasts, operate the radios, check supply requests and handle communications to back home such as Internet connectivity. If I passed all my training, I'd begin as an Able Rate.

    Does this information sound about right for CIS or have I missed a few things out? A few pointers or more information would be greatly appreciated.

    I was also stumped at what type of ship I'd be serving on, and how long my initial service would be for.

    Many thanks,
  2. Raleigh is 10 weeks, you can end up on any RN ship (or submarine if you go that route) and initial service is 18 years, NS will give you the full dit on length of service etc.
  3. Thank you. Is there any more information I should know? Do you think they'll ask me about the different classes of ships during my interview?

    Any tips for my interview would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Im joining Raleigh on Sunday and Im going in as a Weapons Engineer (ETWE), I had my interview back in May. They asked me about the different classes of ships, they asked me what weapon systems were on board the ships and about a couple of operations that the Royal Navy are currently involved in around the world. Also they wanted me to know about the training I will going through, where, how long, and what's involved ect. Most of the information you can get off the Royal Navy website or if your lucky to have friends who are already in like me, just ask them for the things you cant find.
  5. Thanks so much, I'm relieved to see somebody answer with some helpful information. I don't suppose you could provide me with some links as to what weapons are on board the ships and the likely class of ship I could be based on as CIS?
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  7. Sorry, I'm just doing as much as I can to prepare for this interview. I think the most daunting thing about it is not knowing what they're going to ask me. Many thanks again. Also, of course, any more information would be greatly appreciated.
  8. I got the information from this page on the website -
    Just click of a type of ship and the weapon systems on the ship will be displayed.

    The site for the role you want is this page -
    everything you need for the interview should be on that page.

    Hopefully I've been helpful, feel free to message me if you have any other questions and I'll try my hardest to help you.

  9. Hi,

    I was just wondering exactly what my Return of Service would be for CIS Specialist Able Rating. I cannot find the specifics on the website, all I managed to learn was that it depends on your branch, but usually it's 4 years. Could I have a more specific answer? Many thanks.

    Edit: I found something which states my initial length of service is 12 years after training, however, I can submit 14 days notice after 4 weeks training, for the first 6 months. After that and I serve 2 and a half years, I can submit 12 months notice to leave.

    So how long exactly is my RoS? 2 and a half years?
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2015
  10. Any final tips before my interview tomorrow, guys? Absolutely bricking it.
  11. it is longer than 4 months at Collingwood.
    would be at least 6 months with CIS training

    your core job will be to Operate Maintain Diagnose and Repair/Restore communications services for the ship/Submarine. Different ships/subs will determine how that is achieved. A T45 would have pretty different communications/IS system fits to that of a Submarine.

    after training, your initial draft would be on a Frigate or bigger. (Or return to the sub school if you are a wannabe submariner) You will serve on there until you complete your taskbook and gained enough experience/demonstrate enough potential in order to be selected for promotion to leading hand. That will be in about 4-6 years time. Unless you and a special egg and get selected for fast track.

    If you hear about the communications job from some older/ex sailors. It will have changed markedly over the last couple of years. The branch is heading towards information system managers, less traditional communicators as they would have known it.

    Ensure you do a little research as other have said on current ships around what they can do.
    also remember the 3 main dockyards. Maybe find out a little about them
    also, maybe be aware that the Queen Elizabeth class carriers are not far away and thinking about it, the first T26 frigate is only a few years away..

    good luck
  12. Thanks so much for the information. I really can't find specifically how long my training is at Collingwood, nor how long the basis is at Raleigh. I've heard it's 10 weeks at HMS Raleigh whilst only four months at Collingwood. I've mainly been researching up on the T45 Destroyer and the T23 Frigate. This might be a little overboard of a reply, but please read it and tell me if there's anything else I should include. This is the stuff I know:

    From the information I've gathered, the T45's primary role is to defend the Fleet from air attacks which it uses the Sea Viper missile to do so. It also patrols in order to stop drug smuggling and pirating.

    The T23 Frigate's primary role was to counter Soviet enemy submarines, but after the fall of the Soviet Union, it changed into a more diverse and versatile role and now patrols waters and protects our maritime trade. It also acts as an anti-ship vessel as well, however, it only usually defends its own ship, rather than the entire Fleet it's with.

    Phase 1 training at Raleigh is 10 weeks, and I'll learn team working skills, organization skills, get settled into the military style of life and I'll also be trained in weapon-handling and fire-fighting skills.

    Phase 2 at Collingwood sees me doing my professional training where I'll be there for four months (you said 6, so I'll bare that in mind and do a bit more research if I manage to find it) and I'll learn how to operate my equipment, how to maintain it, and how to send and receive information using the equipment I have. I'll also be trained in sea survival. Afterwards, I spend some time on an active warship and gain some practical experience (I don't know how long this part lasts on the ship, since I cannot find any accurate information on it).

    My daily job role is to operate the radios and maintain contact with allied ships and shore command. I'll be responsible for compiling orders and sending them up to the Captain and I'll also be responsible for keeping Internet connection on-board the ship strong. I'll handle weather forecasts, routine supply requests and essential day-to-day communications.

    The two operations I've looked into are Operation Kipion and CTF 150. The purpose is Op. Kipion is to protect our interests in the Gulf and provide security at sea, and ensure there's constantly a safe slow of both trade and oil in the region.

    CTF 150 is a Combined Task Force comprised of coalition countries which is responsible for fighting terrorism, stopping drug smuggling and anti-piracy on the surface.

    The 3 main naval bases are HMNB Devonport, HMNB Clyde and HMNB Portsmouth where 2/3 of our Fleet is currently stationed.

    My initial pay as a rating is just under £15,000 and, upon completion of training, goes up to just below £18,000. I get 6 weeks' paid holiday.

    Finally, I must serve for 4 weeks during initial training, to which after I can submit 14 days' notice for the first 6 months. After those 6 months, I'm obligated to serve a further 2 and a half years before being able to submit 12 months' notice, therefore making my Return of Service 2 and a half years. My contract is for 12 years.


    Sorry if it's long, just trying to get as much information as I can from you guys who've helped me so greatly. Many thanks.
  13. If you want to mention operations, Kipion is one. Dont forget the South Atlantic. (APT South)
    Another biggy is mentioning the CASD - Google that for info

    as for 'compiling orders'...I would say you would be responsible for ensuring all signal traffic at sea is sent/received and distributed on board. That could be anything, not just weather, stores etc.
    when you mention internet connection. Maybe expand that to looking after the information systems (IS) onboard and and example of that is maintaining the offship, internet connection with direction from command

    however, your phase 2 will definitely be at least 6 months at collingwood.

    PM me if you want to know more
  14. I passed my interview! Thanks so much for the help, guys. Appreciate it - definitely helped me get through it.
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  15. Nevermind.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2015

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