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Communications Technician- All you can be told!

Tom27

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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?

Thanks

Tom
 
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Tom27 said:
I have read the leaflets on the RN website.

They tell you what you need to know.

It looks a good and interesting job.

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.

I take it Comms Tech is more about operating high tech equipment than administering IT.

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.

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

It does.
 
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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.
 
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Ninja_Stoker said:
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).

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?

-djmm
 
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djmarkmclachlan said:
Ninja_Stoker said:
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).

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?

-djmarkmclachlan

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.
 
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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:
 
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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).
 
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IB08 said:
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).

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.

Tom27 said:
What are the promotion prospects like as a Comms Tech?

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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Ninja_Stoker said:
djmm said:
Ninja_Stoker said:
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).

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?

-djmm

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.

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?

-djmm
 
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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.
 

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