Intelligence

#1
Evening Chaps,

New to the site, so hello to everyone. I'm just waiting for my AIB date, been waiting a while, to hopefully (after being successful at AIB) join in the Warfare branch. However, I'm particularly interested in working in Intelligence, which I assumed would be achieved by working in the Warfare branch. Can anybody shed any light on 'entry' to this particularly section, am I right to assume that you can only streamline after a certain amount of training? Are there any opportunities in intelligence after the Navy, secondments and movement into government departments? Lastly, does it make any difference if you choose between surface or sub? I'm desperate to start my Naval career and am not too fussed between the two. Thank you in advance for your posts, positive or negative, and I understand that this area of work is particularly sensitive which may impede on the responses. Cheers
 
#5
You will, of course, need to develop a taste for Martini before you actually receive your '00' prefix.

I think I'm allowed to tell you that.
 
#7
I can take the flack been on a weekend bender with my mates. When I reread it I can only agree. I was the counting stoker not the writing type :oops:
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
#8
sgtpepperband said:
Join the Regulating Branch - the only intelligence left in the RN... :thumright:
We are doomed I tell you :afro:

I prefer John Winton's decription

"Regulating Branch, the last refuge of the inane and illiterate!"
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
#9
Bluntly, if interested in being a proper int type then join the army. Int is very much a side step in the RN, and even with current possible changes afoot, will always be seen as a career dead end. I'd think long and hard before going to the RN for an Int career - look seriously at your motives - is it the RN or Int that you want to do? If the latter, then try the Army/RAF.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#10
Purple_twiglet said:
Bluntly, if interested in being a proper int type then join the army. Int is very much a side step in the RN, and even with current possible changes afoot, will always be seen as a career dead end. I'd think long and hard before going to the RN for an Int career - look seriously at your motives - is it the RN or Int that you want to do? If the latter, then try the Army/RAF.
The RAF Intelligence Officers spend most of their time either analysing photographs taken from high-up at RAF Brampton &, like Naval Intelligence, translate and analyse communications content. The RAF have a Tactical role on Air Stations & a Strategic role at UK HQ.

The Army specialise in hiding under floorboards & peeing into bottles whilst there. As long as it isn't a part-used Martini bottle, this should not greatly affect Naval Intelligence.

For more info, call into to your nearest AFCO, giving two short taps on the door followed by three long ones....
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
#12
Ninja - agree Crab air have a bespoke role and that we are in fairly sensitive territory here. I will say this though, based on extensive experience in this area - if you want to dabble in Int, then its possible to do without too much hassle. If you want an RN career in it then you can expect to spend a lot of time in very dark holes in Northwood and probably never get promoted beyond Lt Cdr. The RN has always seen N2 personnel as a subspec, in much the same way as highly specialised Navigators or other niche roles. There simply aren't the billets out there to sustain a credible naval intelligence officer corps.

The Army & RAF have much broader postings - very purple in nature and with much better career prospects - including wider postings.

Your choice boils down to whether you want to dabble in Int and have a naval career, or do Int as a career. Its up to you, but if you want an Int career, then for variety and range of postings I'd say go Army / RAF and not Navy.
 

ollie123

Lantern Swinger
#14
You could consider joining as an Communications Technition, they are at the brunt of reporting to Senior members of command on enemy transmissions etc.

There is always the chance to learn Russian or Arabic to translator level which is an asset where ever you go to work.

Promotion prospects in this branch or very good as well so I have been told. You are required 2 GCSEs A* to C grade in Maths and English.

Ofcourse, if you have the aptitude etc then you could become an officer later on.

I join as an MCD on Sunday, after being successful at AIB, I was told I didn't pass highly enough to become an Above water Warfare Officer, so instead I could go down the submarine route.

I decided become a MCD with the hope of becoming an MCO in afew years time once I have somke invaluble fleet time.
 
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