Info please!

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Guest

Guest
Hi, I am considering applying for Seaman Specialist, how much time would you expect to be at sea? Thanks. Going in to AFCO tomorrow.
 
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.
 
sandygib said:
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.
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:
 
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Guest

Guest
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.
 

rnsparker

Midshipman
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.

Regards
 

snowler

Midshipman
Guest said:
Hi, I am considering applying for Seaman Specialist, how much time would you expect to be at sea? Thanks. Going in to AFCO tomorrow.
Lots. Like the rest of us!
 

Dabs

Lantern Swinger
sandygib said:
Can't tell you about sea time ......

............although it sounds like a good and interesting job on paper it doesn't actually qualify you for much in civvie street.
Sandygob, it sounds like you don't know much about the branch at all and your arrogance is insufferable.
 
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.

Al
 

slim

War Hero
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.
 
rnsparker said:
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.

Regards
Maritime Trades Organisation? I am MTO (N) and have never handled a boat in my life!
 

clanky

War Hero
rosinacarley said:
rnsparker said:
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.

Regards
Maritime Trades Organisation? I am MTO (N) and have never handled a boat in my life!
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.
 

HOPPY1403

Lantern Swinger
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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