hello and help


Have been reading and enjoying the rum ration forum the past few weeks now since I have decided I want to apply for an officer commission in the RN.

Currently I am hoping to go forwards as a Warfare Officer or ATCO and was hoping to get peoples opinions on the pros and cons of both branches and what everyday life is like in both.

Any info that people can supply would of much help…
Welcome to RR!

I'm going to Warfare Officer (should fingers crossed be going in January). I chose Warfare because it was the branch that appealed most to me, I could see myself in that role, and perhaps that is something you should consider first, can you see yourself as an ATCO or a Warfare Officer?

Pro for ATCO, will give you a skill you can take to Civvy Street I assume, but that would depend on whether or not they are Civvy recognised, get that checked!


War Hero
ATCO is part of Warfare, very specialised and you would spend most of your career ashore on airbases. Some sea jobs but again all in the branch. There are oppurtunities to go on a Common Appointment (CAPs) but only a few manage it. Promotion beyond Lt tight and beyond Lt Cdr sparse.

Warfare Officer, plenty of sea time, different jobs, lots of fun (with some down sides), chance to drive sleek grey war canoes like you stole it and furhter on greater promotion oppurtunities.

If you want futher info PM me.


War Hero
FAA is still part of Warfare Branch. No matter how much the Pilots tell you otherwise they are Warfare Officers, sub specialising in flying duties.
Guns said:
FAA is still part of Warfare Branch. No matter how much the Pilots tell you otherwise they are Warfare Officers, .
Hum well the fact that my careers liaison officer is a ex pilot might explain why he was so emphatic about separating the FAA from the rest of the branches !!!!

Cheers for the clarification and the warning!!


War Hero
It's a bit of a peculiar demarkation really:

Aircrew are indeed Warfare, they can & sometimes do go on to command a war canoe.

ATCO, Naval Airman (Aircraft Handler) & Naval Airman (Survival Equipment) are classed as Air Support.

Air Engineering Technicians are classed as Engineers within the Fleet Air Arm.

The easy way to look at it is that on frigates & destroyers the primary weapons system is the aircraft, which is therefore part of the Warfare branch. There'll be howls of protest about that, but that is how it is portrayed from a Careers Perspective.

It's about as poplar as reminding a Royal Marine that is says "Royal Navy" on their ID card.

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