FAA Warfare ASW Aircrewman Q and A.

craigy

Midshipman
If its combat you want - join the marines or the Army.
If you want a career and a trade that is transferable - stick to the Navy.
Don't see many jobs i the Job Centres for combat trained sailors!!!!
Ha, I knew you'd say that I am ex-infantry. I was considering RM but I'm too old!
 

Waspie

War Hero
Ha, I knew you'd say that I am ex-infantry. I was considering RM but I'm too old!
Ha, I knew you'd say that I am ex-infantry. I was considering RM but I'm too old!
I hate to disappoint!
Even as a AET on Junglie squadrons you'll see little combat. Yes you'll complete some small arms training and fire some rounds down range but actual combat - doubtful. Your skills as a engineer are way too valuable to lose on a 5.56 or 7.62!!!
Infanteer!!! After 20 years at Bovington with tanks I can understand the need for change.
 

craigy

Midshipman
I hate to disappoint!
Even as a AET on Junglie squadrons you'll see little combat. Yes you'll complete some small arms training and fire some rounds down range but actual combat - doubtful. Your skills as a engineer are way too valuable to lose on a 5.56 or 7.62!!!
Infanteer!!! After 20 years at Bovington with tanks I can understand the need for change.
I'm excited either way, would love to get involved with CHF.
 
I hate to disappoint!
Even as a AET on Junglie squadrons you'll see little combat. Yes you'll complete some small arms training and fire some rounds down range but actual combat - doubtful. Your skills as a engineer are way too valuable to lose on a 5.56 or 7.62!!!
Infanteer!!! After 20 years at Bovington with tanks I can understand the need for change.
Tell that to the guys on 849 who had to return fire at Bastion when the Taliban invaded :)
 

ra232

Newbie
@Mark Dip
I'm joining as an Aircrewman next month and just had a couple questions. I read through the document link you provided about promotion and training pipeline and was wondering if that is still current? Are Aircrewmen still promoted to acting PO when wings are gained? Also, to be promoted to Acting Leading Hand it writes how ABLC needs to be completed, what is ABLC?
Thanks
 

Mark Dip

Midshipman
@Mark Dip
I'm joining as an Aircrewman next month and just had a couple questions. I read through the document link you provided about promotion and training pipeline and was wondering if that is still current? Are Aircrewmen still promoted to acting PO when wings are gained? Also, to be promoted to Acting Leading Hand it writes how ABLC needs to be completed, what is ABLC?
Thanks
Yes and no. Depends on the training pipeline as flying training normally takes precedence over a leadership course so programming occasionally means that you may have to wait to complete LRLC. But generally speaking you should finish OCU having completed the pre-requisite courses for you to be rated Acting PO, therefore joining the frontline as such.

I wouldn’t worry about this too much, firstly concentrate on the course and to be honest you’ll have little control, if any, of your training pipeline ie. when your courses will be.

If you want to do any pre-course reading, maybe some meteorology, a bit of oceanography and start to follow some open source intelliginece commentators on Twitter etc. I’d suggest H Sutton “Covert Shores” as this will help you to start understanding some aspects of your role.

Good luck with the course, head down and keep focussed!
 

Subbers

Midshipman
Thought I’d add my thoughts so far! I joined the RN in 2018 as a direct entry aircrewman and am due to join 824 in the near future.

may sound cliche but I can honestly say I’ve not had a bad day at work so far, maybe they’re yet to come in the near and far future, but a positive mindset goes a long long way. the life down here in Culdrose is good.

You learn to take on responsibility quickly and to know where and how to book things and arrange and organise yourself and are treated like an adult.

Alongside doing all of the courses required prior to joining 824, which most if not all are great experiences and very well run courses, I’ve had the opportunity to get away to Sicily on an exercise (and join one of the crews on a full sortie) which was awesome, sit a second language exam at the defence academy in shrivenham and spent some time learning to play horseback polo at the combined services club in Tidworth because why not. All thanks to the people down here in Culdrose. If you want to do something then go find out and ask people

there are many things you can do alongside your training/day to day job but I joined to get the most out of the navy and that’s what I plan on doing.

will be a lot to learn on 824 but I want those wings!
 

Waspie

War Hero
Thought I’d add my thoughts so far! I joined the RN in 2018 as a direct entry aircrewman and am due to join 824 in the near future.

may sound cliche but I can honestly say I’ve not had a bad day at work so far, maybe they’re yet to come in the near and far future, but a positive mindset goes a long long way. the life down here in Culdrose is good.

You learn to take on responsibility quickly and to know where and how to book things and arrange and organise yourself and are treated like an adult.

Alongside doing all of the courses required prior to joining 824, which most if not all are great experiences and very well run courses, I’ve had the opportunity to get away to Sicily on an exercise (and join one of the crews on a full sortie) which was awesome, sit a second language exam at the defence academy in shrivenham and spent some time learning to play horseback polo at the combined services club in Tidworth because why not. All thanks to the people down here in Culdrose. If you want to do something then go find out and ask people

there are many things you can do alongside your training/day to day job but I joined to get the most out of the navy and that’s what I plan on doing.

will be a lot to learn on 824 but I want those wings!
Get used to the camera lens too. 824 figure a lot on FaceBook in regards to keeping a photographic record of all their exploits including the training aspect of their role.

Good luck and glad your enjoying it - tis a grand life!!
 

MountainFox

Midshipman
Thought I’d add my thoughts so far! I joined the RN in 2018 as a direct entry aircrewman and am due to join 824 in the near future.

may sound cliche but I can honestly say I’ve not had a bad day at work so far, maybe they’re yet to come in the near and far future, but a positive mindset goes a long long way. the life down here in Culdrose is good.

You learn to take on responsibility quickly and to know where and how to book things and arrange and organise yourself and are treated like an adult.

Alongside doing all of the courses required prior to joining 824, which most if not all are great experiences and very well run courses, I’ve had the opportunity to get away to Sicily on an exercise (and join one of the crews on a full sortie) which was awesome, sit a second language exam at the defence academy in shrivenham and spent some time learning to play horseback polo at the combined services club in Tidworth because why not. All thanks to the people down here in Culdrose. If you want to do something then go find out and ask people

there are many things you can do alongside your training/day to day job but I joined to get the most out of the navy and that’s what I plan on doing.

will be a lot to learn on 824 but I want those wings!
Hi, I’m joining as direct entry Aircrewman in a couple of months too, very excited. Thanks for sharing it all sounds very positive. What was phase 2 training like for you? Where did most of it take place and did you have the opportunity of going home much during? Also, how did you find the process of being ‘streamlined’ into the ASW role? ASW is what I’m aiming for but the selection for CHF and ASW is a bit vague.

TIA :)


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Waspie

War Hero
Before the new training regime. I simply told my wife I’d see her after I gained my wings!!! She wasn't too happy but it was my career we were talking about.
 

Subbers

Midshipman
Hi, I’m joining as direct entry Aircrewman in a couple of months too, very excited. Thanks for sharing it all sounds very positive. What was phase 2 training like for you? Where did most of it take place and did you have the opportunity of going home much during? Also, how did you find the process of being ‘streamlined’ into the ASW role? ASW is what I’m aiming for but the selection for CHF and ASW is a bit vague.

TIA :)


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They’ve changed it now so that on streaming you’ll spend I believe a week in Yeovilton trying out CHF stuff and a week in Culdrose for ASW, prior to your aircrew interview board. Phase 2 training is good, you do a lot of courses all over the U.K. ie the dunker, survival etc. Then rest of flying training is down at Culdrose for ASW, yeovilton for CHF - does say on the careers website I found streaming challenging (rightly so) but really interesting and good fun...help each other out! If someone isn’t good at something then help them and likewise they’ll help you.
 

MountainFox

Midshipman
They’ve changed it now so that on streaming you’ll spend I believe a week in Yeovilton trying out CHF stuff and a week in Culdrose for ASW, prior to your aircrew interview board. Phase 2 training is good, you do a lot of courses all over the U.K. ie the dunker, survival etc. Then rest of flying training is down at Culdrose for ASW, yeovilton for CHF - does say on the careers website I found streaming challenging (rightly so) but really interesting and good fun...help each other out! If someone isn’t good at something then help them and likewise they’ll help you.
Great thanks. Yes I read about where the different training takes place but there is nothing in the actual process of streaming into one or the other. Sounds excellent though, was there anything you felt was unexpected or that you were unprepared for during phase 2? Why was the streaming challenging? I really appreciate your info so thank you so much!


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