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Hydrographic and Meterology Officer

Lion

Newbie
Hello,

I'm in the processing of joining as a Hydrographic and Meteorology officer and I'm currently preparing for my career discussion.

I was wondered if anyone could give me more information about the day to day role as a Hydrographic and Meteorology officer?
Any other information would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you for you responses, this has been extremely helpful!

Hi Lion,

I'm in the same boat as you so to speak, I'm also applying for HMO (with a view to specialising in Hydrography down the line) - I started my application in mid-March, around the time that COVID-19 became serious. I've got to the stage of submitting my medical form (minus eye test voucher) and the ACLO at my local AFCO has given me a call to make sure that any questions I had were answered initially. According the the ACLO, he said that from start to finish (so getting a date for phase 1 at BRNC) is about 12 months at the moment due to the ongoing crisis and that PJFTs and medicals can't be properly completed, but he also said don't be surprised that, once all the restrictions are lifted and a semblance of normality starts to kick in, applications start to get pushed through a bit quicker.

What stage are you at currently?
 

Lion

Newbie
Hi Lion,

I'm in the same boat as you so to speak, I'm also applying for HMO (with a view to specialising in Hydrography down the line) - I started my application in mid-March, around the time that COVID-19 became serious. I've got to the stage of submitting my medical form (minus eye test voucher) and the ACLO at my local AFCO has given me a call to make sure that any questions I had were answered initially. According the the ACLO, he said that from start to finish (so getting a date for phase 1 at BRNC) is about 12 months at the moment due to the ongoing crisis and that PJFTs and medicals can't be properly completed, but he also said don't be surprised that, once all the restrictions are lifted and a semblance of normality starts to kick in, applications start to get pushed through a bit quicker.

What stage are you at currently?

Hi The Man Said,

I'm also looking to specialise in Hydrography. I started the process around April last year and did have a lot of delays but I managed to complete my medical and PJFT in February. I'm currently preparing for my Career Discussion which is just before the AIB, which will be over Skype.
 

Griggsy

Newbie
Anyone have any idea what the wait time is for openings in H&M Officer roles? Was looking into it over lockdown, became very interested in applying and have just seen they've closed applications.
 

fishhead

War Hero
Anyone have any idea what the wait time is for openings in H&M Officer roles? Was looking into it over lockdown, became very interested in applying and have just seen they've closed applications.
I'd be surprised if anyone on this forum could give you an accurate forecast. If they have closed applications it usually means they have enough in the pipeline plus a few spares. The best plan is to ask your local AFCO if there any other options that could tempt you.
 

Griggsy

Newbie
I'd be surprised if anyone on this forum could give you an accurate forecast. If they have closed applications it usually means they have enough in the pipeline plus a few spares. The best plan is to ask your local AFCO if there any other options that could tempt you.
Thanks fishhead.
I've emailed my local AFCO to see what the deal is, hopefully they can shed some light.
Is there a progression to Officer from Specialist? Or is it just worth looking down a different path.
 

soleil

War Hero
Anyone have any idea what the wait time is for openings in H&M Officer roles? Was looking into it over lockdown, became very interested in applying and have just seen they've closed applications.

Griggsy

I think that what has happened is that there are now sufficient applicants already within the system to generate the numbers most likely to be needed for the next couple of intakes to BRNC.

There was meant to be an intake in May of this year but, for obvious reasons, that didn't take place. I would imagine that those applicants who had done sufficiently well at AIB to be added to the pool of candidates from which the intake could have been composed in May were then carried forward to make up the most recent intake or to be added to the next one. This means that there is a secondary group, those candidates who were able to be AIBd before the September intake; some of those will have high scores from the AIB and they will form the basis of the next intake and probably the one after, so January and May, if that is when next year's first intakes take place.

I know, for example, that applications for Pilot and Logistics Officer have now closed and are unlikely to re-open until around March of next year. They have closed for 6 months.

In the meantime, the intake for January can be made up from the high AIB scorers who were in the system but not allocated to the joint 'delayed May'/normal September intake. Other applicants who were processed up to the AIB stage can now go through the AIB and some of those can be added to that pool.

As far as I can see, there will be some candidates going through processing at the moment who will be allocated to May.

Having said that, how May will be calibrated will not yet be clear. The numbers required should be clearer after January, though.

In March, on the assumption that these Officer roles have re-opened then, there is a possibility that there may still be spots open for May, so any candidates keen to apply would be well advised to consider the possibility, especially if they are applying for a role for which they may be a shortage, Engineering of some kind for instance, of the processing moving fairly quickly to fill any gaps which are showing in the May intake.

I know that 6 months will seem a long time for keen would-be applicants, but these months will whizz by and, before you know it, we will be in March and applications will be open again.

I think that my advice to anyone in that situation would be to continue with your preparations as normal, reading each issue of Navy News, keeping up with Defence matters and current affairs and especially to keep up with physical fitness.

Although the word at the moment is that the closure for these roles is likely to be for 6 months, I would recommend that applicants consider the possibility of the calculations in the New Year leading to an earlier re-opening; the wise applicant will be all ready to go, the moment that happens.
 
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Griggsy

Newbie
Griggsy

I think that what has happened is that there are now sufficient applicants already within the system to generate the numbers most likely to be needed for the next couple of intakes to BRNC.

There was meant to be an intake in May of this year but, for obvious reasons, that didn't take place. I would imagine that those applicants who had done sufficiently well at AIB to be added to the pool of candidates from which the intake could have been composed in May were then carried forward to make up the most recent intake or to be added to the next one. This means that there is a secondary group, those candidates who were able to be AIBd before the September intake; some of those will have high scores from the AIB and they will form the basis of the next intake and probably the one after, so January and May, if that is when next year's first intakes take place.

I know, for example, that applications for Pilot and Logistics Officer have now closed and are unlikely to re-open until around March of next year. They have closed for 6 months.

In the meantime, the intake for January can be made up from the high AIB scorers who were in the system but not allocated to the joint 'delayed May'/normal September intake. Other applicants who were processed up to the AIB stage can now go through the AIB and some of those can be added to that pool.

As far as I can see, there will be some candidates going through processing at the moment who will be allocated to May.

Having said that, how May will be calibrated will not yet be clear. The numbers required should be clearer after January, though.

In March, on the assumption that these Officer roles have re-opened then, there is a possibility that there may still be spots open for May, so any candidates keen to apply would be well advised to consider the possibility, especially if they are applying for a role for which they may be a shortage, Engineering of some kind for instance, of the processing moving fairly quickly to fill any gaps which are showing in the May intake.

I know that 6 months will seem a long time for keen would-be applicants, but these months will whizz by and, before you know it, we will be in March and applications will be open again.

I think that my advice to anyone in that situation would be to continue with your preparations as normal, reading each issue of Navy News, keeping up with Defence matters and current affairs and especially to keep up with physical fitness.

Although the word at the moment is that the closure for these roles is likely to be for 6 months, I would recommend that applicants consider the possibility of the calculations in the New Year leading to an earlier re-opening; the wise applicant will be all ready to go, the moment that happens.

Thats pretty much answered all of my questions soleil. Thanks for the advice!
 
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