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  1. Hi, I am considering applying for Seaman Specialist, how much time would you expect to be at sea? Thanks. Going in to AFCO tomorrow.
  2. How long is a piece of string mate, that sort of thing changes all the time.
  3. Can't tell you about sea time but it is one of the lower scoring trades on the aptitude so in theory easier to get into. Also it is a "new" trade after another rethink of roles. Eyesight needs to be good for this one, and the consensus seem to think that although it sounds like a good and interesting job on paper it doesn't actually qualify you for much in civvie street.
  4. Good point mate, one of my oppo's in his last year as a CPO spec and has a problem cos he needs to retrain in something. Better going into a technical trade if you want to look to the future (unless you are too thick) :wink: :wink:
  5. We can't all be the brightest penny in the bunch! Thanks for your help. I guess there must be a need for these people otherwise the role would not have been created.
  6. The newly formed Seaman Specialist branch is an amalgamation of the old Seaman branch (boats, ropes etc) and the Tactical Communications element of the old Communications branch. As for qualifications there are a few:
    Royal Yachting Association Short Range VHF Certificate (SRC)
    General Operator's Certificate (GOC) for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
    NVQ (not sure what level) in First Aid.
    Plus various other qualifications in boat handling etc issued by the Maritime Trades Organisation.

  7. Lots. Like the rest of us!
  8. Sandygob, it sounds like you don't know much about the branch at all and your arrogance is insufferable.
  9. Lingyai has hit it on the head, try and get into one of the technical branches if you can, when you eventually get back to civvie street it does give you a good advantage - never hurt me.
    If you don't manage a technical branch, don't worry. Every trade is as important as the next - all pieces in the jigsaw puzzle, if one piece is missing it doesn't work.
    As to time away, well that's been covered.
    Good luck.

  10. If you really want to join the navy then join. Technical branches are better for employment prospects when you eventually decide to return to civvie street.
    However whichever branch you join please remember that the RN offers great opportunities to continue your education. Take advantage of these as soon as possible.
  11. Maritime Trades Organisation? I am MTO (N) and have never handled a boat in my life!
  12. The specs get RYA boathandling quals, which in turn are rcognised by the MCA/DOT. IIRC they also get a deckhand qualification, but I forget the issueing body.
    As to your question reference sea time, when you finish training you will be drafted to a TOPMAST squad billet for a period of up to 60 months. At sea you will accrue seperated service. As your sep service accumulates,you will qualify for harmony time,(currently @180days) when you can go back shoreside for leave, courses, or any other activity you may have agreed with your DEPCO/EWO. As to the length of actual dployments, the absolute longest deployment most ships can expect to do now is 9 months max.
    Remember to double check any advice you get on the web against the official line from he AFCO.
  13. Hi i am also looking to do the same trade it does sound intresting. I want a varied role would warfare specialist be better. But i do like the sound of seamen specialist. :lol:

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