Faraday Programme , CIS & ET(WE)


Greetings Shipmate's - newbee here.

CrabFat jnr has decided to become a Fishead or maybe a WAFU (good for him I say, nearly did it myself but the smell of the Fat was just too tempting)

Anyway, he didn't score enough for Supp 3 trades so has been offered ET(WE)(CIS) or take a retest.

Regarding CIS, my limited knowledge is that Pre-Faraday, CIS was under Warfare but has now moved into Engineering.

So what are the 'old sweats' doing in these trade's - are they cross trading or are they still 2 separate trades ?

How are new CIS recruits trained - do they do the same initial trade training as a ET(WE) and then stream into CIS ? and at what stage does this happen?

I take it that when you get your 'hook' you do more tech training - is that the same with each promotion ? (RAF concentrated on Supervisor/Management training)

How are the trade sponsors handling this - do they intend to amalgamate the 2 trade's & at what stage in their career's ?

And finally, how much fault diagnosis/rects/networking do CIS do ? (sorry, I don't really know much about the trade) - could you fill us in on the sort of work involved

Thanks for your help guy's 'n' gals :)

I'd personally steer clear of ET WE CIS at the moment - the various transfers from Warfare to WE have been fucked up magnificently.

I'd suggest he revises hard and goes for a retest.


ATG, thanks for your honesty.

A question to ET(WE) folk, Weapons Tech's in the RAF didn't really do much fault investigation/diagnosis (sorry guys) it was basically bomb on/bomb off and guidance/control system faults were dealt with by Air Electricians / Avionics. Do the ET(WE) do much diagnostics/repairs ?


Hello @alfred_the_great - can you expand? My son scored high enough for most branches including ET WE but decided upon CIS. However he is having doubts and is wishing he had gone marine or weapon engineering now. He starts Raleigh in November.
Bascially, there was a good idea (and at least some of it was a good idea) and tried to merge WE and CIS together. Only they didn't do their homework, made some massive assumptions and presumed everyone would be cool about it.

But now, instead, you've got a situation where two people can be doing exactly the same job, but on different pay scales, with utterly different chances of promotion etc. As you can imagine, this hasn't gone well, and lots of people are very threaders. But I'd suggest CIS and WEs are the current crisis of the week, which is good (everyone is finally trying to work out how to make it work) and bad (there's a reason they're in crisis).

CIS is great fun, and I have a lot of time for them (no comms, no bombs!), but the transfer hasn't served them well. I'd re-state that my personal option - if I were joining as an AB - would be to go either CT or Aircrewman....
It's almost as though nobody remembers the OM debacle...........

OMs would've worked, if only we'd stopped job rotating the poor buggers every 3 months.

The USN (and the RN back in the day) effectively use OMs and it works. You just need to accept that one AB can't do RP, Gunnery, TAS, part of ship and still have time to learn their kit.


War Hero
CIS is in a very strange place. All were thrown in one pot (warfare trained with the CIS engineers) and expected to 'crack on' with differing levels of pay to do almost the same job.

before all of this meddling, CIS not so many years ago were doing well on retaining the numbers to do the job. Not perfect but better than most. After the last couple of years of 'change' it will (apparently) take 10 years to recover the numbers!!

huge change is coming to the CIS world and almost reverting back to how it was.
almost sure whatever you have been sold about CIS, will not be what it turns out to be in the near future. As a starting point, I would separate 'Faraday' from 'CIS'

such a shame really as it was always seen as a crackin branch to join

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