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CIS Specialist vs. Communications Technician?

SouthLancsLad said:
Had my test this week and got a high enough score to be a CT, going to go for that. Just a shame that the waiting list is over 12 months.

Well done fella,
I've been a CT for 11 years now, and I have loved every minute of it. Wise move. I appreciate the long wait ahead must appear frustrating at the moment, but don't be disheartened, it'll be worth it in the end.

Squirrel.
 
Well done shippers, I've been a CT for only 8 years, and I have enjoyed it, I had to wait for a year before I could get in, but as Squirrel says, its worth it in the end.
 
the_matelot said:
andym said:
Can you join up as a CT?When i was at HMS Mercury i took the CT aptitiude tests and passed them but wasnt allowed to progress any further as i hadnt been a killick,even though i passed for Killick in 80!I was told to reapply when i got my hook.I thought CT's were recruited abit like Regulators(not being branch Failures though!LOL)

Andy,

CT's can be both direct entry and sideways entry. I took the sideways entry route. You can branch change up to killick level as long as you've got a minimum of 10 yrs service left.

If you're not good enough to be a CT, then you can always join the Failed CT branch aka EW (I'M BLOODY JOKING BEFORE THE GOLLIES GET IN A HUFF :D)

We've got guys joining the branch now with Degrees which is quite unusual-and we're not onabout crappy media studies degrees either-engineering, languages etc etc

Does a Business Admin/Management degree with a minor in French help in any way? :?
 
SoleBaje said:
the_matelot said:
andym said:
Can you join up as a CT?When i was at HMS Mercury i took the CT aptitiude tests and passed them but wasnt allowed to progress any further as i hadnt been a killick,even though i passed for Killick in 80!I was told to reapply when i got my hook.I thought CT's were recruited abit like Regulators(not being branch Failures though!LOL)

Andy,

CT's can be both direct entry and sideways entry. I took the sideways entry route. You can branch change up to killick level as long as you've got a minimum of 10 yrs service left.

If you're not good enough to be a CT, then you can always join the Failed CT branch aka EW (I'M BLOODY JOKING BEFORE THE GOLLIES GET IN A HUFF :D)

We've got guys joining the branch now with Degrees which is quite unusual-and we're not onabout crappy media studies degrees either-engineering, languages etc etc

Does a Business Admin/Management degree with a minor in French help in any way? :?

You've revived a thread from 2 1/2 years ago to ask that? :D

As long as you can get a sufficiently high RT score to enter the specialisation, then it is in NO way a problem. Mine is in politics and it hasn't done me any harm so far :thumright:

No doubt Squirrel will be along in a bit to try and convert you to become a linguist in the specialisation....
 
the_matelot said:
SoleBaje said:
the_matelot said:
andym said:
Can you join up as a CT?When i was at HMS Mercury i took the CT aptitiude tests and passed them but wasnt allowed to progress any further as i hadnt been a killick,even though i passed for Killick in 80!I was told to reapply when i got my hook.I thought CT's were recruited abit like Regulators(not being branch Failures though!LOL)

Andy,

CT's can be both direct entry and sideways entry. I took the sideways entry route. You can branch change up to killick level as long as you've got a minimum of 10 yrs service left.

If you're not good enough to be a CT, then you can always join the Failed CT branch aka EW (I'M BLOODY JOKING BEFORE THE GOLLIES GET IN A HUFF :D)

We've got guys joining the branch now with Degrees which is quite unusual-and we're not onabout crappy media studies degrees either-engineering, languages etc etc

Does a Business Admin/Management degree with a minor in French help in any way? :?

You've revived a thread from 2 1/2 years ago to ask that? :D

As long as you can get a sufficiently high RT score to enter the specialisation, then it is in NO way a problem. Mine is in politics and it hasn't done me any harm so far :thumright:

No doubt Squirrel will be along in a bit to try and convert you to become a linguist in the specialisation....

LOL I just ran a search, didn't even check the date! The only snag is that as I'm from Barbados (ergo Commonwealth) eligibility might be an issue though the navy site says "Special considerations apply." Quite frankly Communications Technician is the only job that I'm 'eligible' for that appeals to me.

Bring it on Squirrel(s)! 8)
 
I'm sorry to say that as you're not a British national, then you stand ZERO chance of being accepted. No If's, But's, What ifs etc I'm afraid.

Non British nationals are not eligible to become RN CT's.
 
Hmm...then I really don't know what to make of this:

Age on entry: 16-36
Nationality: British (Special considerations apply).
Qualifications: Two GCSEs (A*-C)/ 2 Scottish Standard grades (1-3)/ equivalent, in English and maths.
Gender: Communications Technicians can be men or women
 
Karma said:
t_m is entirely correct. Sole UK nationality only. that is the special consideration.

Then the clause "Special considerations apply" itself is misleading as it serves no purpose. Most (if not all) other positions carry no such stipulation.
 
I'm afraid that clause does serve a purpose, whilst I admit, it could appear misleading, implying that special cases will be considered on their merits, it doesn't mean that. The term means that whilst most other branches will allow commonwealth citizens to join as per regulations, the CT branch has a 'special consideration' applied to it, barring all but British Nationals.

Not what you wanted to hear mate, I appreciate that.
 
I was under the impression that you could not go into the CT branch as an officer. Am I wrong about this??
 
AledJ said:
I was under the impression that you could not go into the CT branch as an officer. Am I wrong about this??
No you are not wrong - you cannot join the CT Branch as an officer.

If you want to commission as a CT and stay 'in the branch' you have to go via the SUY route as a deep specialist X(EW). I'm not sure about the exact requirements but would imagine that, in the same way as Tiffs, you must be at least a CPOCT
 
Thats what i thought thanks for clarifying that. I had originally applied for CT branch but found out i could not join as an officer, and the recruitment officer advised i look for another branch. So as long as I do not fall ill again should be able to take the psychometric test in July. Hope to join as a logistic officer which is very different from the CT work, but ticks all the boxes for me!
 
Squirrel said:
I'm afraid that clause does serve a purpose, whilst I admit, it could appear misleading, implying that special cases will be considered on their merits, it doesn't mean that. The term means that whilst most other branches will allow commonwealth citizens to join as per regulations, the CT branch has a 'special consideration' applied to it, barring all but British Nationals.

Not what you wanted to hear mate, I appreciate that.

Drat...all hopes dashed in one blow! Thanks for clearing that up skipper.
 

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