Joint Cyber Unit

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  1. NaN

    NaN Midshipman


    I've been looking at JCU(R) with some interest. I wondered what the path was for those opting for dark blue and more importantly what the role options were. I'm aware that there is PQO entry for the Army but that seems to be a hangover from units that existed before the Joint Cyber Unit.

    Has anyone been through the process? How long has it taken and aside from the sales pitch how well has it worked in reality? Is the work interesting?

    For what it's worth my background is very specifically in this area.

  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The Cyber Resasve, as you'll be aware is very specialised & small in number - to the extent few will be likely to be able to give much of an overview on here.

    I've processed three for entry and the entry eligibility parameters are best described as broad - I'll leave it at that.

    The best bet is to make direct contact to attend a briefing, so you get the detail straight from the horses mouth: [email protected]

    From my limited experience, I was singularly unimpressed.

    Good luck.
  3. NaN

    NaN Midshipman

    I've heard mixed things and I've also heard about the entry requirements after specific technical skill being, as you say, broad.

    I was just wondering if the RNR entry path was more or less onerous than the RAuxF or AR.

    Thanks Again.
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The selection process can be fairly slick for RNR if they want you fast. The last guy I processed sat the recruiting test, was interviewed and attested in one morning, his medical was the following week & I doubt he ever took a PJFT as he failed the medical, but that was studiously ignored. The only other hurdle was DV.
  5. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    Entry for JCU(R) is essentially via selection interview. The criteria for entry is quite high, a number of my soldiers/airman have joined and they had been serving, left and have 'rejoined' with a lot of experience and exceptional skill. I don't believe there is, currently, any ab-initio route to join, the rationale being the UK wants to attract people who already possess the necessary skills, or are on an acknowledged pathway.

    I don't know your background, skills or experience etc but suggest you give them an email. They will set you straight.
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  6. Nan. If you PM me with contact details, I will be able to provide you more information.
  7. NaN

    NaN Midshipman

    PM Sent :cool:
  8. NaN

    NaN Midshipman

    Cheers, skills wise my background is certainly in-play, the question is doing specifically (as possible from outside the wall) what, where, how often and with whom.

    I'm after the non-salesman view of the world from the perspectives of different services.
  9. Perish the thought. My shack on GYZY had one of these fitted for when we went out to do certain things.
    It was a really good bit of kit. I'd quite fancy being a Black Hat, but seeing as I'm over the hill, and nearly
    dead - ageism has overriden any chance of me volunteering for a third career as an earwigger.
  10. OK Billy (dons black hat). Once upon a time, I was on a boat with a bit of inboard sonar kit still fitted from 'Special' days but had 'never worked' since. Moving forward, off we went to San Diego, where, as a diligent and conscientious Senior Rate I noticed the HQ of the company that made this bit of kit were based. Nothing ventured, nothing lost - phoned them up - they were just along the jetty as it happened. Nice Merican chap came down the boat, looked at said piece of equipment and asked where the Flying F**k we'd got it!!! Turned out it was an extremely 'sensitive' bit of kit used by the likes of NSA. Anyway, he fixed it which made our UCs happy, as they could watch whale songs in 3D.
  11. Used to sit on passive if I was bored and cut through contacts to C/Room (DCB). Amazing the skills
    one can pick up if you've got time on your hands.

    Round of golf anyone?


    (I reckon this post has just been pinged by the one in the middle).

    A load of gumpf from the other side of the pond. 2010 WEB.pdf
    Last edited: May 22, 2015

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