Hydrography or Met Oc? Help please.

Holli

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#1
Just wondering what anybody's opinion is about this! I am really interested in both topics in WS(HM) and I understand you have to choose between one or the other. So I have a few questions for your guidance> :)

1: If I choose Met Oc will I be most likely to be based at an air station rather than a ship?

2: When do you actually have to decide what area you have to go into, is it after raleigh?

3: It looked on the Navy website that you are trained in both fields and then specialise later, Is that correct?

also if anybody is in either field I would love to hear your opinion of that area!

Thanks everyone
Holli :)
 

JW7121

Lantern Swinger
#2
Holli said:
Just wondering what anybody's opinion is about this! I am really interested in both topics in WS(HM) and I understand you have to choose between one or the other. So I have a few questions for your guidance> :)

1: If I choose Met Oc will I be most likely to be based at an air station rather than a ship?

2: When do you actually have to decide what area you have to go into, is it after raleigh?

3: It looked on the Navy website that you are trained in both fields and then specialise later, Is that correct?

also if anybody is in either field I would love to hear your opinion of that area!

Thanks everyone
Holli :)
Hi, i'm 15months into my wait for a start date for WS (HM), so only have the info I know from going through the recruiting process, and i'm sure someone will be along to correct me if i'm wrong!

As a MetOc you can be based anywhere that has an air capability, so both ships and air bases. Once you complete your trade training for MetOc you then spend the first 12 months on an air base before going to sea.

As far as I'm aware, you have to choose your specialisation whilst at Raleigh before you start trade training. I believe you are given info on both to help you make your choice, but you are not guaranteed to get your preference.


Personally, having been and met a MetOc, my preference is for Hydrography because you get more sea time, which is what i'm joining the navy for and I think i'll find it more challenging, and as a Hydrographer you get specialist pay.
 

Holli

Lantern Swinger
#3
[quote="J


Hi, i'm 15months into my wait for a start date for WS (HM), so only have the info I know from going through the recruiting process, and i'm sure someone will be along to correct me if i'm wrong!

As a MetOc you can be based anywhere that has an air capability, so both ships and air bases. Once you complete your trade training for MetOc you then spend the first 12 months on an air base before going to sea.

As far as I'm aware, you have to choose your specialisation whilst at Raleigh before you start trade training. I believe you are given info on both to help you make your choice, but you are not guaranteed to get your preference.


Personally, having been and met a MetOc, my preference is for Hydrography because you get more sea time, which is what i'm joining the navy for and I think i'll find it more challenging, and as a Hydrographer you get specialist pay.[/quote]

Thank you for your help, its really useful in helping make my decision , ya my first choice was MetOc but I am worried I won't get to spend much time at sea as that is one of the main reasons I joined the Navy too. Have you found any good sites explaining the two? Its really hard to find information on the military side of both topics!

Lucky you being 15 months down the road, dead jealous!
 

JW7121

Lantern Swinger
#4
Ask your AFCO if they can arrange a visit for you to go and meet a currently serving MetOc or Hydrographer. I was really undecided until I went and met a MetOc. He did say that as a MetOc wanting to go to sea you certainly wouldn't be discouraged, but Hydrography really is the route I want to go down.

Not really found any sites, but the difference between the two is pretty self explanitary really, as a MetOc you are esentially a weather forcaster, as a Hydrographer you are surveying the sea and coast lines. Best thing you can do is go and meet someone currently doing the job, its really useful.

Yeah, 15months down the line and no end in sight yet! Time has flown by so far though.
 

Holli

Lantern Swinger
#5
Thank you for you help, ya I will go to my AFCO and arrange to speak to someone on the topic! Thanks for your advice, and good luck, I hope you enjoy the WS(HM) it looks like we will have a fantastic career ahead! :eek:
 

metocman

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#6
Your location says London. Could always ask your AFCO to organise a visit/acquaint with the METOC section at Northwood, its pretty close to the Metropolitan station of the same name. Couple of days work experience would show just how keen you were. On the other hand you would mybe realise that it wasn't for you!

Thank you for you help, ya I will go to my AFCO and arrange to speak to someone on the topic! Thanks for your advice, and good luck, I hope you enjoy the WS(HM) it looks like we will have a fantastic career ahead! :eek:
 

JW7121

Lantern Swinger
#11
What is the current waiting time for this branch???
4 years for someone applying today I beleive. I have now got a start date for the end of May so will have been waiting 26 months by the time I join (was advised 18-24 months when I passed the RT so i'm quite lucky) - AFCO were very suprised when I got my date.
 

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