hey there, new member looking for some advice

hayzone

Newbie
Hi there guys and girls, I joined up in order to ask for a little advice. I'm 18 and am interested in a career in the armed forces. After much consideration i decided the Navy was probably my best bet, and it sold itself mainly because of it's variety of trades and its scope for travel.

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local AFCO (London) and got the application form. I was originally looking for an engineering role because of the oppurtunities I'd have after leaving the Navy, but after thinking about it for the last two weeks I'm not sure. I really want to enjoy my Navy experience to the best it can get and i don't want to regret what i choose later on. So basically, I want to travel as much as possible, and I don't want to be down in an engine room for most of my 20's. I just wondered if anybody could recommend a branch that would offer me both of these in large doses. I don't have any particular responsibilities back home so I could easily, and perhaps enjoy, a big amount of sea time. I just want to see the world and enjoy the company of the people i work with.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated, because I'm at such a crossroads in my life, and it seems like such a huge, daunting step.
 

stumpy

War Hero
Choosing the right branch is the most important factor in enjoying your time, so take your time and get it right. Personally I would recommend anything with the Fleet Air Arm.

Good luck!
 

dondon

MIA
Welcome to the site mate , can't offer any advice , been outside to long , loads of other peaple on here will jump in I'm sure , best of luck though ,
 
Joining as a wafu AET (Fleet air arm) would get you alot of engineering work in later life and you would get alot of carrier time. However there is the possibility of ET(WE) which, if selected for artificer would get you a foundation degree in engineering (you can go to Portsmouth uni and top it up to a full degree. That would get you on ship doing engineering and not be stuck down the main machinery space with the snagyest personnel in the fleet! Don't forget that once you have done four years and reached a given standard in your branch, you can apply for any of the sideways entry branches such as, Regulator (Navy police, good postings ie Deigo Garceia indian ocean) or Photographer (good drafts, good training and very well reconised training. There is my branch too mate. AB(CIS) or communications, lots of sea time there and if you are good or mad enough time with the marines and possibly a commando course. We always need good comms bods. You can change to artificer from CIS as well. Hope this helps. Any other questions give me a shout.

Jock
 
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angrydoc

Guest
If you want to get a lot of seatime and get around the place, seaman spec is pretty good - not much to take outside with you afterwards though. I prob should big up my own branch and suggest you look into being a Medical Assistant, but you're more likely to spend time in the UK and again, no direct civvy-recognised qualifications (at the minute!).

Good luck.
 

hayzone

Newbie
Thanks everyone for such swift replies, and really helpful ones too. Good to see a fear and loathing fan, and aet seems to sound good in terms of getting the best of both worlds.

also, how easy is it to get chosen for an artificier? ive only done gcse's, although i got pretty good grades
 

stirling2

Banned
Jock_of_the_sea said:
Joining as a wafu AET (Fleet air arm) would get you alot of engineering work in later life and you would get alot of carrier time. However there is the possibility of ET(WE) which, if selected for artificer would get you a foundation degree in engineering (you can go to Portsmouth uni and top it up to a full degree. That would get you on ship doing engineering and not be stuck down the main machinery space with the snagyest personnel in the fleet! Don't forget that once you have done four years and reached a given standard in your branch, you can apply for any of the sideways entry branches such as, Regulator (Navy police, good postings ie Deigo Garceia indian ocean) or Photographer (good drafts, good training and very well reconised training. There is my branch too mate. AB(CIS) or communications, lots of sea time there and if you are good or mad enough time with the marines and possibly a commando course. We always need good comms bods. You can change to artificer from CIS as well. Hope this helps. Any other questions give me a shout.

Jock

Not in my day!!
 

ET(WE)Sutton

Lantern Swinger
a few of my mates are AETs and all they do is stay on base near summerset.

the best i could advise would be ET(WE) as your not inside all the time in an engine room plus you can gain up to a degree.
 

clanky

War Hero
hayzone said:
Hi there guys and girls, I joined up in order to ask for a little advice. I'm 18 and am interested in a career in the armed forces. After much consideration i decided the Navy was probably my best bet, and it sold itself mainly because of it's variety of trades and its scope for travel.

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local AFCO (London) and got the application form. I was originally looking for an engineering role because of the opportunities I'd have after leaving the Navy, but after thinking about it for the last two weeks I'm not sure. I really want to enjoy my Navy experience to the best it can get and i don't want to regret what i choose later on. So basically, I want to travel as much as possible, and I don't want to be down in an engine room for most of my 20's. I just wondered if anybody could recommend a branch that would offer me both of these in large doses. I don't have any particular responsibilities back home so I could easily, and perhaps enjoy, a big amount of sea time. I just want to see the world and enjoy the company of the people i work with.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated, because I'm at such a crossroads in my life, and it seems like such a huge, daunting step.

The idea that ME's spend all their time "down an engine room" is pretty much outdated. We have responsibilities in every part of the ship, so as a stoker you pretty much get around everywhere. If you have a genuine interest in real engineering, rather than changing components or PCB's, consider ET(ME).
As a word of warning, a lot of the people who pot on these threads haven't been to sea this millennium, if ever, so take anything you read on here with a pinch of salt.
 

Hawkeye

Lantern Swinger
clanky said:
The idea that ME's spend all their time "down an engine room" is pretty much outdated. We have responsibilities in every part of the ship, so as a stoker you pretty much get around everywhere. If you have a genuine interest in real engineering, rather than changing components or PCB's, consider ET(ME).
As a word of warning, a lot of the people who pot on these threads haven't been to sea this millennium, if ever, so take anything you read on here with a pinch of salt.

Speak for yourself clanky I have done more seatime on the crest of one wave. and as for "The idea that ME's spend all their time "down an engine room" is pretty much outdated." I think not,
most do unless your in the MCR, chippies party or in your fart sack.
 

clanky

War Hero
Hawkeye said:
clanky said:
The idea that ME's spend all their time "down an engine room" is pretty much outdated. We have responsibilities in every part of the ship, so as a stoker you pretty much get around everywhere. If you have a genuine interest in real engineering, rather than changing components or PCB's, consider ET(ME).
As a word of warning, a lot of the people who pot on these threads haven't been to sea this millennium, if ever, so take anything you read on here with a pinch of salt.

Speak for yourself clanky I have done more seatime on the crest of one wave. and as for "The idea that ME's spend all their time "down an engine room" is pretty much outdated." I think not,
most do unless your in the MCR, chippies party or in your fart sack.
I've done a bit of sea time myself mate. I'm going to make 2 assumptions about you.....
1 You are outside now.
2 You where not a stoker.

I'll stand by the comments in my previous post. The notion that ME's spend all their time shovelling coal into the boilerfront is outmoded. It is certainly wrong to to be advising a potential recruit against a particular branch using false information. If I was to state on this thread "Don't be a Dabber, cos all they do is scrub flats" I'd expect any to be corrected.
Waiting for my assumptions to be corrected.
 
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