Cryptologic Technician Vs Weapons Engineer

MACH5

Newbie
I'm currently looking at a few different roles, but weapons engineer and CT have sparked particular interest.

I've already started an application and taken the recruitment test. I prepared well for the test, having taken the practice online, in addition to buying a book with some extra tests and going over the all questions I was getting wrong.

My recruiter told me that I only got a few questions wrong in the whole thing, and that I could apply for any role that I wanted. Note that I am not trying to brag, I'm just repeating what I was told. I asked about several roles, including CT.

My recruiter was enthusiastically encouraging me to go for CT due to my score. He certainly made it sound like the creme de la creme, mentioning great training, classified info, working all over the fleet, etc. However, I can't help thinking that he might be upselling it to meet targets.

Going back to the recruitment test, I am somewhat doubtful. CT is allegedly one of the most difficult roles in the RN, and I'm unsure that single test demonstrates that I am capable of doing the job. As I said before, I did prepare a good bit, so I'd be lying if I said it was purely on the spot ability.

Weapons engineer also sounds like a brilliant hands on role that will be a good challenge.

I was wondering what anyone's thoughts would be of the two roles?

How do they compare in terms of enjoyment, deployment, social life, training, opportunities etc.
 

Wookie42

Midshipman
Unless things have changed when I was still serving, CT is a fascinating but very specialist role. It will limit the platforms in which you can serve as again, unless it's changed, CTs only serve in the more capable ships and some submarines. And because there are fewer CTs, when you are at sea, you will probably find yourself on operational deployments more - but then I always preferred doing something real to practicing for it. The other upside of CT is that some of the shore drafts and exchange opportunities are way more interesting.

But then against that, even as a WE you will end up specialising in certain equipments and so will again only serve in ships that have that fitted. It's swings and roundabouts really. On balance, i think if I were offered the choice, I would go down the CT route. Both will offer a rewarding career. But then I was neither - I was a WAFU - so probably better waiting until someone with recent experience of actually having done one of those roles responds.

Hope that helps
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
I was a WE and many moons ago, when CT was a new branch, I began the course. For various reasons I did not complete it.

This is freely available information from the internet and will not give away anything classified - I have just Googled SCIF on your behalf - I suggest you do the same! It will provide an insight and the beginning of a trail to follow for current information.
 

mick1199

Lantern Swinger
General rule of thumb, if the AFCO is pushing you towards a certain role, there’s something fishy amiss. Similarly, if this is a factor at all (it may well not be, I don’t know you or your circumstances) I believe WE, or at least WESM is still a high priority role whereas CT isn’t. Basically, the wait time might be a little shorter for WE, then again, you never know. At the end of the day, it’s up to you. They’re both vastly different jobs, so think on it.
 

RabC

MIA
General rule of thumb, if the AFCO is pushing you towards a certain role, there’s something fishy amiss. Similarly, if this is a factor at all (it may well not be, I don’t know you or your circumstances) I believe WE, or at least WESM is still a high priority role whereas CT isn’t. Basically, the wait time might be a little shorter for WE, then again, you never know. At the end of the day, it’s up to you. They’re both vastly different jobs, so think on it.
Please please reread your post then ask the question “Did I add anything useful to this thread or just post for the sake of it?”
 

MACH5

Newbie
Unless things have changed when I was still serving, CT is a fascinating but very specialist role. It will limit the platforms in which you can serve as again, unless it's changed, CTs only serve in the more capable ships and some submarines. And because there are fewer CTs, when you are at sea, you will probably find yourself on operational deployments more - but then I always preferred doing something real to practicing for it. The other upside of CT is that some of the shore drafts and exchange opportunities are way more interesting.

But then against that, even as a WE you will end up specialising in certain equipments and so will again only serve in ships that have that fitted. It's swings and roundabouts really. On balance, i think if I were offered the choice, I would go down the CT route. Both will offer a rewarding career. But then I was neither - I was a WAFU - so probably better waiting until someone with recent experience of actually having done one of those roles responds.

Hope that helps
The idea of deploying a lot sounds great to me.

In terms of subs, how exactly does it work? On the website there's no extra CT Submariner role. I'd like to be on a sub at some point but I wouldn't want to be constantly serving on them my entire career if that makes sense.

Also, you mention exchanges. What kind of opportunities would there be specifically?

In terms of WE, it would be more hands on type work which sounds great. However the CT gives you 2 years of training, by the sounds of it top tier stuff. Initially I was dubious as I thought it would mean I'd have to wait a lot longer to go to sea, but I now know you go to sea as part of your training.

I suppose it's trying to work out what I'd enjoy more, as I like both hands on work and tech. I'm also trying to gauge people that have worked in this role to see who enjoys themselves more.

Also, do they both have good opportunities upon leaving?
 

RabC

MIA
The idea of deploying a lot sounds great to me.

In terms of subs, how exactly does it work? On the website there's no extra CT Submariner role. I'd like to be on a sub at some point but I wouldn't want to be constantly serving on them my entire career if that makes sense.

Also, you mention exchanges. What kind of opportunities would there be specifically?

In terms of WE, it would be more hands on type work which sounds great. However the CT gives you 2 years of training, by the sounds of it top tier stuff. Initially I was dubious as I thought it would mean I'd have to wait a lot longer to go to sea, but I now know you go to sea as part of your training.

I suppose it's trying to work out what I'd enjoy more, as I like both hands on work and tech. I'm also trying to gauge people that have worked in this role to see who enjoys themselves more.

Also, do they both have good opportunities upon leaving?
I can’t speak for ex CT’s but there are loads of ex WE’s on here and I think we have all done pretty well in civvy Street. As any form of ex R N engineer (technician) you will have very marketable skills once you do leave.
 

MACH5

Newbie
I can’t speak for ex CT’s but there are loads of ex WE’s on here and I think we have all done pretty well in civvy Street. As any form of ex R N engineer (technician) you will have very marketable skills once you do leave.
That's very good to know. A major question I have is, did you enjoy your time in the RN as an engineer?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
CTs were embarked on boats as and when their discrete skill set was needed..... say no more!

There were good employment opportunities in the past and I should think there still are tremendous transferable skills. There are a couple of serving CTs on here. I'll leave you to use your investigative skills to find them. Be aware that due to the nature of the CT's job, you will NOT get much information on a public forum.

WEs also have good transferable skills. In 10 or 20 years it will be up to YOU and things may have possibly changed a tad........
 

RabC

MIA
That's very good to know. A major question I have is, did you enjoy your time in the RN as an engineer?
Yes I did enjoy my time. There were times I really didn’t like it but I think those occur in any job, overall I enjoyed it. Professionally it was rewarding and the camaraderie/social side was great.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Before you ask - what Rab said!



ETA - Also just noticed - if you scroll right to the bottom of this page there are lots of CT type posts and threads for you to follow.
 

MACH5

Newbie
Yes I did enjoy my time. There were times I really didn’t like it but I think those occur in any job, overall I enjoyed it. Professionally it was rewarding and the camaraderie/social side was great.
I'm glad to hear it! Thanks for the info Rab!
 

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