ET (WE) Or Warfare Specialist?

Travv

Newbie
Hi,

I've decided that I'm definitely going to apply for the navy, probably near the second half of next year as that's when my college course ends. I've looked through the roles and I'm split between either ET (WE) or Warfare Specialist. From looking I've seen that as a WS you can specialise in above water, electronic and under water warfare, all of those specialisms seem interesting to me and could change my choice. However, both attract me and I wanted to see if there were any people who serve/served in the Navy either in these roles or not, any information about these roles would be useful.
Thanks.
 

wave_dodger

MIA
Book Reviewer
Hi,

I've decided that I'm definitely going to apply for the navy, probably near the second half of next year as that's when my college course ends. I've looked through the roles and I'm split between either ET (WE) or Warfare Specialist. From looking I've seen that as a WS you can specialise in above water, electronic and under water warfare, all of those specialisms seem interesting to me and could change my choice. However, both attract me and I wanted to see if there were any people who serve/served in the Navy either in these roles or not, any information about these roles would be useful.
Thanks.
Your post is quite skewed. What about ETWE..specialise in CIS, sensors or weapons. True engineering or a slant towards CIS and cyber?

WS very different and evolving, especially EW which again has leaning towards electronic attack and cyber in both offensive and defensive postures with closer tie ins to Information Warfare and Intelligence.

Maybe another way to look is where do you want to be further down the line and even after the Navy.

Engineering to operator, you couldn't get more polarised.
 

Travv

Newbie
Your post is quite skewed. What about ETWE..specialise in CIS, sensors or weapons. True engineering or a slant towards CIS and cyber?

WS very different and evolving, especially EW which again has leaning towards electronic attack and cyber in both offensive and defensive postures with closer tie ins to Information Warfare and Intelligence.

Maybe another way to look is where do you want to be further down the line and even after the Navy.

Engineering to operator, you couldn't get more polarised.
Sorry, only realised now that I didn't mention a few things: as an ETWE I'd prefer to specialise in weapons, and as a WS I'd probably lean towards AWW. I haven't put any thought into what I'd like to do after the Navy as if all goes well I intend to stay for a full career, but now you've mentioned it I'll start looking at that side too as I could always have to leave either voluntarily or not.
 

Sumo

War Hero
why wait to apply, some on here have taken longer than a year to get through to acceptance, speak to a recruiter, get the ball rolling, you could probably defer an entry date until course is finished.
I would go down the engineering route, more transferable in civy street, I was WE for 24 yrs
 

Taztiff

War Hero
That's a lie I used to get out of rack for scran, piss, and M&M tried to make it for a crap but not always successful
We had a CWEM(R) who regularly managed a full 24 hrs in his pit during Sunday at sea routines. No wonder you could never find the rest of his department.

(I'm sure he had a galvanised bucket for.... incidentals!)
 

Sumo

War Hero
And as many at night as you can fit in ;)
if clankies didn't go so slow at qualifying they would get some rack time before end of draft.
1 in 6 on the panel was a ball breaker, with the 7 getting a watch off, took forever to get the clankies up to speed :p
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
if clankies didn't go so slow at qualifying they would get some rack time before end of draft.
1 in 6 on the panel was a ball breaker, with the 7 getting a watch off, took forever to get the clankies up to speed :p
Not this one, panel was a doddle after the RP, panel only had a couple of basic drills, must have been designed for a WE. The Reactor panel had more different drills than you could shake a hairy stick at!!

On the two boats I was on the panel, it was WE's who were the worst operators, mainly Fire Controllies for some reason!
 

Sumo

War Hero
we fire controllies on ship control, PO(WE) and REA drivers, Sonar Benders panel, only PO on panel was POMEM, skipper didn't trust him to drive, plus we said as he was fwd tech he should be pannel, nothing to do with filling or watch bill?
 
I am going in as a warfare specialist, at the moment its high priority on surface fleet. My AFCO has said if I pass the interview I could be at Raleigh by July, its a great job great people and get played to see the world what more can a 23 year old ask for lol
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
My advice?

Be mercenary. Identify which job will give you the best chance of civilian employment with transferable technical qualifications and correspondingly higher earnings potential.

Most matelots only serve six years - what do you want to do when you leave?
 

wave_dodger

MIA
Book Reviewer
My advice?

Be mercenary. Identify which job will give you the best chance of civilian employment with transferable technical qualifications and correspondingly higher earnings potential.

Most matelots only serve six years - what do you want to do when you leave?
As always sage advice from @Ninja_Stoker

What looks sexy now might not pay the bills in 15 years time. It's a very difficult thing for someone (often) not long out of school to try and think long, but it will pay dividends.
 
Warfare spec, you'll watch keep on a 1 in 4 rota most of the time at sea, four hour watches split pretty equally through the night and day, starting 0800. When not on watch between 0800 up to 1800 you'll be working part of ship, most probably painting or greasing, or cleaning "flats" which is internal communal spaces.

On watch you'll be in the ops room, with a screen to look at. A good watch will rotate members on the screens to try and alleviate boredom.

WE, you'll have a watch system, that I've seen as high as 1 in 7, where you do rounds through the day and night, wandering round making sure nothings broke or on fire. Also look after some of the more sophisticated weaponry. Apart from flats to clean you'll be in the mess or mincing around most of the time.

Warfare department is the largest on board and is involved in nearly every evolution a ship does, which will involve the on and off watch, even the middle of the night if that's when it occurs.

WE is more self contained and only gets involved in a few evolutions, which usually occur during the working day.

Both are involved with emergency operations.

Good luck with what you decide on.
 

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