hydrographic, meterological and oceanographic specialist

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  1. I'm very interested in this role. Anyone know anything about it?

    I have done a-levels in sciences so think this would be a great fit.
  2. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Your local AFCO will be a fund of knowledge
  3. My nearly 2 years on a survey ship in the South Pacific was like a paid for holiday. It was all rather spoiled by our forced attendance at a British Nuclear Test en route however. RN Survey ships were quite removed from the rough and tumble of normal RN life. It was all quite genteel. actually.
    Not sure if there is anything resembling that way of life today--but if there is and you are bright enough offer your services. My grandson at Southampton University is about to complete his degree and I've recommended he join the Hydrographic Service. Whilst my 2 years were enjoyable my wife was less impressed. To be fair though, the navy did pay for her to spend a few weeks in Auckland when we were in dry dock.
  4. im a bit worried now that there will be a long waiting list...

    it does sound a good job. I got told I have a better than average score on the RT, so hopefully that puts me in good stead.

    I will try and get more info from the AFCO , cheers
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2016
  5. It is, or was, the only part of the MOD to make a profit.
    Hydrographic Charts were used and respected world-wide
    They made much money for HM Treasury.
    I'm sure you have what it takes. Persistence pays off. Perhaps my grandson and you will enjoy the odd Horses Neck together.
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  8. hopefully yeah. :D
  9. Kindly explain what's funny about it. I'll willingly send you £5.00
  10. I would but my dramatic delivery.......
  11. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    UKHO still exists as a agency of MoD and still has that trading element. Indeed it still sells paper charts (declining through the use of WECDIS and similar products) but also generates sales of training and expertise.

    Based in Taunton there is a small cadre of uniforms in UKHO the majority of of the MET/HM cadre serve at sea or in related GEOINT positions.

    For the OP @daedalus345 its a very good option as a branch - small ships tours (GLEANER - v.small, ECHO/ENTERPRISE - small rotated crews, SCOTT - large with a small crew), Airstations and embarked MET Staffs. Quite technical, in demand and with lots of opportunity for further training and education.

    If you're doing A levels in Science based topics and have a decent grasp of maths you should have no issues and progression, including extraction to Officer is positive. Indeed MET/HM Officers have some pretty interesting and varied careers. You will get a lot of sea time.
  12. thank you for the info. I did my a-levels a few years ago now, btw. and been university.

    I rang afco and found out that there is a 14 month waiting periond (they did clarify that it can vary from that though). I am willing to wait, its a good job I had prepared myself to hear that though lol, and at least its not 2 years.

    will have to find some other work in the mean time as I am currently working part time at dominos pizza....
  13. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Is there a reason that you aren't working full time, I suspect that any interview you have will ask the question.
  14. the store has had a decline in business, so have been looking for work these past few months. which if im being honest i am not surprised with the amount of angry customers lol

    will it look better if I am working full time?

    got an interview for manchester aiport as security on tues, so hopefully that goes well...
  15. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    When I did interviews (for a different organisation) one of the first things I looked at was employment history, to me it showed some sort of commitment. It wasn't the job itself but the ability to hold one down.
  16. I see, well at least I have one at the moment then.

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