Factual Careers advice needed please?

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  1. Hallo,

    I've applied and flown through the Aptitude test. I was going for Submariner coms but I'm starting to think that's more a single mans game. Especially after speaking frankly to my Submariner uncle.

    Neither myself nor my missus have much problem with me going on detachment but I'm going a little cold on the Submarine front.

    My other recommended choices were as a Squipper and Hydrography.
    Does anyone have any POV on this?

    Please can I have a bit of gen to help us out?

  2. Squipper?
  3. Survival Equipment fitter....
  4. I would imagine as a Hydrographer you'd potentially spend as much or more time at sea than a submariner. SE's a pretty small WAFU branch if I remember correctly, but I suppose it's possible you'd deploy (not necessarily at sea if you get my drift) quite a bit.

    Both pretty specialist though, so maybe wait for someone with better insight.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Not quite sure why the submariner trade is considered anymore a "single-man's game" when one considers submarines tend to deploy regularly but for shorter duration than Aircraft Carriers (for Survival Equipment) or offshore survey ships (for Hydrographers).

    Submariners get paid more, but admittedly have very limited ability to communicate with home when deployed.

    My POV on "Squipper" is that it's an RAF term for their Survival Equipment maintainers. A term viewed with derision by the NA(SE) I just asked. :wink:

    Basically you are looking at 3 very diverse trades, so diverse that you have not named which submariner trade you were considering (but obviously not NA(SE) or WS(HM)) so it is not possible to offer a realisitic comparison.

    Speaking to a serving submariner is obviously a good way of gaining an unbiased insight, but be aware waiting times for NA(SE) & WS(HM) are considerably longer (18 months & 24 months respectively).

    Good luck.

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