Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialists

Discussion in 'Joining Up - Royal Navy Recruiting' started by shark, Apr 12, 2008.

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  1. Hello people,

    Just looking for some help in reference to joining up as a specialist, in Hydrography and Meteorology, as I have now fully decided on a career in the Royal Navy, I am looking for some information about this job role.

    I already have been asked to attend an informal meeting by my AFCO, who will be able to answer most of my questions, just looking for some advice from you people, as you're obviously clued up from what I have been reading over the past few days.

    Is there always a job available in this area, or is it likely that there will be a waiting list for me to get in, if I even can?

  2. Like most branches we are undermanned, having said that I waited about two years(1995-1997) to get a place. One thing to ask at AFCO is will you be higher or lower pay band!
  3. Your other question, yes there will always be jobs in this area but like most things in the RN, don't expect it to have the same name in 5 years time as they are constantly rebranding branches!
  4. Re: Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialis

    Hi Shark,

    Welcome to RR. I am joining this branch also, just completed the application process last week. You should be looking at a wait of around 14 months from what I understand.

    My AFCO also informed me that the branch will be demerging so you will have to choose between Meteorological or Hydrographic. I have chosen the latter myself.

    Best of luck :thumright:

  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Re: Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialis

    As always, KF is correct- about a 14 month wait from passing the recruiting test to entry.

    Fact is, it's a very small branch & there's few training places available.

    Good luck.
  6. Re: Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialis


    Thanks for your help and advice so far. Just a few more questions, which was obviously to be expected... Once you've done your recruiting test... and there is this 14 month wait, what are you doing during that wait?

    Also, what are the tests like at the AFCO, I'm apparently going to be having one on my first interview/like/thing at the AFCO on Tuesday?!

  7. Re: Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialis

    I am currently in the process of looking for a job having just returned from 9 years down under. I'm having the dilemma of deciding to try and look for temp work or be slightly economical with the truth and apply for a permanent role. I think these days, 12-14 months in a job isn't bad!

    Have a trawl through the newbies section. There are loads of threads on tests and interviews.
  8. the_matelot

    the_matelot War Hero Moderator

    Moved to Newbies board.

    Am I right in believing that the merger they said would work a couple of years ago hasn't worked and they are now going back to the old system of SR and Naval Airman Metoc?
  9. Re: Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialis

    Go with not mentioning it and apply to permanent jobs, if they ask tell them (no point in lying), but turning up to a job interview and saying you will be leaving is a great way of not getting it.

    Have you tried the local uni's (they quite often have lots of work going on 12 month contracts)?
  10. Uh, I know this.. the Time and Motion Man?
  11. Re: Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialis

    Basically, although they will never admit it of course ;)

    It's a good branch to work in, the accomodation onboard is mega-cushty and the watch rotation system is great if you're young free and single.

    Survey or die!
  12. Heya,

    Had my first interview/presentation yesterday and learnt a bit more. Nothing that I was very impressed with.

    Apparently, the wait for getting into HM specialist is going to be about 12 - 15 months. I think it's worth the wait though, I don't really want to be forced into something that I will enjoy for the first year and then wish I had waited.

    Got to fill out these forms now, then take a test.. see how it goes.

  13. Re: Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialis

    That's me!!! :thumright:

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