MACH5

Midshipman
Hello everyone.

I'm currently applying for CT. I previously passed comfortably for it in the NSRT. I recently took the new Defence Aptitude Assessment and I narrowly missed out, but I'll retake in a month with more preparation.

I've got some questions that I'd appreciate anyone answering. I've tried finding this info on this forum but can't find answers for these questions.

What's the actual training pipeline for those 2 years? The website mentions Collingwood, Chicksands and training on ship but I've heard there's some at Blandford. I'd appreciate being told this pipeline.

I've been told that you can either remain a generalist CT or have the option to further specialise. I know one of these specialisations is Linguist, but what other specialisations are there?

With the 2 years training, are there any gaps in between? While I'm aware military life requires commitment, I'm interested in the AT available through JSAT.

This may seem like a bone question, but I assume throughout that whole period accomodation is paid for?

Finally, while I'm aware the training is of a highly secretive nature, are there any books that serving CTs could reccomend to help understand any technical concepts?

I'd appreciate any help answering these.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
The only question I can answer is yes, all your accommodation is paid for and will be until you decide to move ashore in to your own house/flat, but having said that, once out of training there are accommodation charges depending on the standard of accom your put in.
 

MACH5

Midshipman
The only question I can answer is yes, all your accommodation is paid for and will be until you decide to move ashore in to your own house/flat, but having said that, once out of training there are accommodation charges depending on the standard of accom your put in.
Thank you wrecker, that's good to know!
 

Sandra

Midshipman
Hello,

I am a CT and unfortunately job wise there’s not really much I can tell you. You won’t find much information anywhere until you are in the job and appropriately security cleared.

Training wise you’ll do your 10 weeks at Raleigh then you will go to Collingwood to do some warfare training and other bits for around 6 months. You’ll then get some time on ship this is mostly to experience life onboard and learn how things work. You’ll then go to Blandford for just over 4 weeks then on to Chicksands for 6 months to complete your professional training. After that it’s back on to ship to complete your taskbook to show you can do everything that has been taught to you. Then there are lots of different job opportunities to do after this and you will also be promoted to leading hand on completion of all this.

You are right about linguist as a specialisation and there are a couple of other specialisations you can do but again it’s not something I can advise on but something you will gain more details on once you are appropriately security cleared.

I know it can be a bit frustrating not knowing really what the job entails until you are in it but I honestly love the job and everything that I have done so far so it is worth going for in my opinion.

AT wise you will definitely get time to do AT I have done loads even during training phase there was bits in between where you can do AT and other things.

Hope this helps
 

Waspie

War Hero
The problem with small branches, and one which is fairly classified, is information will be sparse. I think @Sandra has given you the best info on a informal navy forum.
 
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