information on the warfare branch

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  1. hi all, im into my last few tests in my application and im undecided which branch to join im intrested in the aet and warfare. the only thing that puts me off aet is that i dont think i will be able to take all the requirments in, via remembering all the ways to fix the aircraft, and the warfare is that what jobs will be open to me when i leave the navy, thanks for your time and il watch out for your reactions and info.
  2. do you know any warfare blokes - you most probably do but there too embarressed to tell you what they do for a living.

    you obviously dont know any WAFU's otherwise you'd realise what a bloody good branch it is.

    dont worry about remembering stuff - all you need to remember is how to wirelock, the rest we get out of tech pubs or we ask the supervisor.

    beleiev me FAA is the way to go, you getto play with helos or jumpjets, you dont go on ships that much - is this a plus in your circumstances, it i sin mine, you get to jump the queue at scran , on a down side every non-WAFU will hat eyou due to teh massive chip on thier shoulder masquerading as envy.

  3. Somewhat bias reply from above, ^~ . However, in my opinion I would say that both have their advantages and disadvantages. On the warfare side of things you now have the added option of knowing the technical side of your branch, ie, the electronics, and maintenance. This would be advantageous outside. There are communication companies, air traffic controllers, ordinance, etc.

    Just a thought. Would experience be needed for the type of aircraft one is working on in civvy street. Hence, would a Merlin tech be able to work on a 747 or such.

    Just a thought.

    Regards, Chris
  4. Im not sure what you mean. As warfare dont do any maintenance on equipments any more. Well apart from the upper deck maintenace.
    In my opinion do not go warfare. Unless of course you like sitting in a dark room watching a screen. Or like painting stuff grey.
    But i would also say dont go AET unless you like talking about yourself.
    WE is the way forward :)
  5. Don't join as a warfare rating, you'll spend 80% of the time with a brush, paint brush, cloth or mop in your hand and the other 20% on watch in the Ops Room.

  6. Am I to assume then that the WE Branch has come back in again under the ET badge. When the Warfare Branch thing first came in and people were OMs they took over the minor maintenance didnt they. Wish the mob would make their minds up. Mind you I did say back in the 90s that certain things would not work, and it looks like I was right.

    Cheers mate.

    Regards, Chris
  7. What goes around comes around. Old jobs new titles. The OM Branch thing didn't work so they went back to the old way of doing things but rather then accept defeat they rename all the branches.

  8. Cheers RP1986, that clears up a few things. My round next.

    Regards, Chris
  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Warfare specialisations no longer undertake technical training and operate the equipment that the Weapons Engineers maintain. (As used to be the case before OM's were invented & disinvented- a bit like Artificers will be re-invented in time). The working day is usually 08:00 to 16:00 with a 4 hour night watch whilst at sea for Warfare ratings.

    Despite howls of protest, Warfare ratings do no more cleaning than anybody else & a new joiner isn't permitted to take their Mum to sea to make their bed or clean-up after them. Nor do we parachute an elite team of cleaners in to complete the task whilst you sleep. You have to do it yourself - grossly unfair I know, but that's the way it is. Anyone that wishes to join and doesn't expect to clean has unrealistic aspirations. Yes, we all dislike it, but it's a fact of life. Many people spend more time moaning about it than actually doing the task.

    For the uninitiated a ship has to be kept clean for reasons of hygiene & for preservation. The Warfare department are allocated a "part of ship" much the same as all other specialisations. The Warfare part of ship generally tends to be the upper deck which is good news in the Bahamas, but not too nice in the Antarctic.

    A warship generally costs around £1M per metre, give or take, & Mr & Mrs taxpayer get upset if you let it rust away. (Rust is an oxidisation process in which salt water acts as a catalyst) so to stop that happening we put a protective layer on the static metal bits called "paint" and the moving metal bits called "grease". Gone are the days of cosmetic painting experienced by the old and bold sailors. Paint is too expensive for such frivolous actions whilst we scrimp & save for a new aircraft carrier.

    Hope that helps.
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  10. Been a CA long Ninja?
    when was the last time you were at sea?
  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    1. Five years nearly.

    2. Four weeks ago.

    And you?
  12. i'm not on about a ships visit :p
  13. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Me neither, Lofty.

    Had you asked me 5 weeks ago. I'd have had to say 5 and a half years!

    But you haven't answered my question.[​IMG]
  14. Ok youv'e got me, i've been shore side for the last year :crying:
  15. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Hmmn, odds are you're a tad more current than I, nevertheless, But, we do genuinely try to keep as up to date as possible.

    It's not easy going to sea with a zimmer, honest.
  16. I was an ACA up North a couple of years back, loved the job managed to drag it out for two and a half years before Pusser caught up with me and sent me back to sea. The three CA’s im my office had all been CA’s coming up to ten years each, (old system). I always thought they were good at their jobs, but if it wasn’t for the lad, lassies and myself working on the desk and keeping them current about navy life they would have been out of touch, and I still think the Warfare branch do more cleaning the anyone else, with the exception of the Stewards of course.

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