Communications Technician- All you can be told!

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  1. Hi all,

    Can anyone tell me more about this role? I have read the leaflets on the RN website.

    It looks a good and interesting job. I never really noticed it before as I thought it was a similar role to CIS specialist. I take it Comms Tech is more about operating high tech equipment than administering IT.

    Does Comms Tech involve much sea time, or is it a more land based role, working in Navy HQ?

    A concern is that it does not really trasfer to civiian life after time in the RN is over?

    How well does one have to pass the recruitment test for this?


  2. Re: Communications Technician

    They tell you what you need to know.

    As with any other role there are some jobs which are good, and some which are less good. It's largely up to you to make of the opportunities what you will. The CT branch has more of the potentially interesting routes than others.

    Have a bit of a skirmish through the Newbies forum, the branch has been discussed several times and that will tell you what you need to know.

    It does.
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Communications Technician

    Welcome to the site.

    If all else fails you will find your AFCO can give you the answers you need and that's their primary function. (Link below).

    Comms Techs require the highest recruiting test score out of all the ratings jobs available & current waiting time, from sitting the test to entry, has recently drastically reduced from 24 months to just 4. (Because there aren't many people capable of scoring high enough, it seems).

    They serve mainly at sea on ships & submarines, but do serve ashore.

    It's a highly sought after transferable skill in the civilian workplace. Try GCHQ for a few clues.

    Good luck.
  4. Re: Communications Technician

    I thought that was WAFU? There seems to be conflicting information about this... Do you have a breakdown of the reqd. RT scores, per trade?

  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Communications Technician

    I do, but it's not for publication unfortunately.

    Comms Tech is the highest followed by Student Nurse, followed by AET & that's as far as we can tell you.
  6. Re: Communications Technician

    Can CT's serve onboard Submarines?
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Communications Technician

    As stated they serve on ships and submarines, yes.
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    Hi southlancslad, i'm an eastlancslad LOL. i was just reading your linked thread and found it interesting, thanks for putting that on. I really wanted to go for CT but didnt score high enough at the RT :-(. So i'm going as CIS, its now changed to WB(c) though, still very happy that i've got in the RN but getting in as CT would have been the icing on the cake. It just sounded right up my street... but hey i'm going in as the second best branch in the navy ;) I'm starting at HMS Raliegh on 13th July, very excited.

    JC91 :thumright:
  9. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Re: Communications Technician

    I before E but not in RALEIGH :dwarf:
  10. Re: Communications Technician

    I was actually considering this route as a potential career path if AIB doesnt go so well come september time. Is it likely that ive done well enough for comms tech seeing as I got the requisite score for officer?(On my recruit test).
  11. Re: Communications Technician

    What are the promotion prospects like as a Comms Tech?
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Communications Technician

    It's possible, but you can score high enough for Officer, but not enough for Comms Tech and, how's this for a conundrum? vice-versa!

    Interestingly, the Officer recruiting test score is measured differently and uses part - scores, focussing on high literacy & numeracy scores from individual sections rather than the all-up score. For Comms Tech, the overall score & the Reasoning section part-scores are higher.

    Theoretically you could also pass for Comms Tech & not score high enough in literacy & numeracy for Officer.

    In short, you need to ask your AFCO if that job option is available to you & it depends on your reasoning & all-up score.

    Promotion for Comms Tech is excellent/automatic providing you pass the exams as scheduled & are recommended for promotion/advancement by your line manager. (Divisional Officer)
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    As in, not for publication over this medium, or not available outwith the AFCO staff?

    I'm just interested as I don't actually know my score, but I'm certain I aced it - didn't answer 3 questions, but think it's probable I passed every other question I answered, so a good high 90%. However, I was simply told I had passed, and didn't bother to ask about scores as a) it doesn't make a difference, and b) I'm not interested in anything else.

    It's just me as a person though that I'd like to know if I was able to pass for others too (I was sure that AET was the highest so didn't bother - but am now wondering). Is there a way of finding out, say, if I were to ask the AFCO?

  14. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Communications Technician

    Strictly speaking you are not given your results, however if your AFCO tells you that you have scored high enough for Comms Tech, you know you've done fairly well overall.

    Just give them a ring to ask.
  15. Re: Communications Technician

    Is the Job of CT similar to being in say RAF Int?

    Does every CT learn a language?
  16. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Communications Technician

    CT is to do with Communications Intelligence translating or analysing data whereas RAF Int tends to be more about analysing photographic data & Army Int generally gather visual intelligence. They're all interlinked & often work together but the primary roles are mostly different. Not everyone is a linguist, nor are they all analysts.

    General guidance and Comms Tech factsheets will give a rough overview, your AFCO should be able to answer your specific queries. (Contact details on the Link below)
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    I know you mentioned about CT's being able to serve on Submarines, I take it you can volunteer for that one your professional training is over?
  18. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Communications Technician

    Male Comms Techs can expect to serve on submarines at some stage of their career whether they volunteer or othwerwise.

    With regard volunteering to serve on boats exclusively as a submariner- it will depend on whether there are billets available when you volunteer. Serving Comms Techs will doubtless advise the current possibility of becoming a qualified submariner CT.

    If you wait long enough, two or three are bound to arrive here at the same time- they are like sharks & hunt in packs :thumright:

    Usernames or avatars involving "squirrels" or suchlike usually blow their cover.
  19. Re: Communications Technician

    Thanks Ninja

    CT certainly sounds intriguing even from the little that is publicised about the role in the RN career literature.

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