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  1. Evening all,

    Already in the mob, had a go at the MLAT exam. Scored over 90% and it has been advised to me I branch change to be a linguist, supposedly it's part of the CT branch?

    Never knew such thing existed - I just wondered if anyone has more information on the branch as nobody in my work place seemed to know much about it? Will I spend my days cleaning radios or will I actually spend the majority of my time doing something language related?
  2. Got no idea. I applied to be a cunnielinguist and spent the rest of my time cleaning the ladies heads:(:(:(
  3. Had to google that one!
  4. If you branch transfer, you'd first undergo the general CT training course at Chicksands, and be employed as a 'generalist' (for want of a better word) CT initially. This is likely to be at least a couple of years. Later you can specialise in various different areas, including languages as a linguist. I myself am one. As a linguist, you will indeed be employed on language work as your core role (though you won't speak much). We don't clean radios, that's for WE's.

    Language training is primarily undertaken either at Chicksands or Shrivenham.

    There is information on the CT branch on here if you search. You won't get too much detail into the job via these means, however.
  5. pm'd you thanks!
  6. If you are offered the chance, go CT. It is one of hte best and most interesting branches in the RN.
  7. How so Alfred? I don't mind my current branch but feel I could be happier elsewhere.. don't want to do something I regret!
  8. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    What is your current source branch?

    A CT's role is quite an interesting one and will afford you the opportunity for pretty swift advancement and very good training if you apply yourself. If you have a bent for languages is that mirrored by decent technical ability? There are streams within the CT branch and the opportunities there are growing all the time, including quite a few foreign posts.

    If you're reasonable bright and happy to work I'd go CT in a heartbeat, as the Navy progresses over the next few years they will have a great role especially when we start to see some of the new equipment being delivered.

    Note that given the nature of the role you simply won't get a lot of detail on here and I doubt anyone would even PM you more (I wouldn't). What you could do is ask your DO to see if you could get some time with CTs (alongside in Dev/Ports - if there is a ship about to deploy) or up in Portsmouth (or further North). A little initiative may impress your DO!
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  9. I don't mind my current branch which is why I'm uneasy about jumping the gun here! Would I be right to assume other than training, I'd mostly be at sea? My general conception about the job is handling ship communications, and then more sneaky beaky stuff such as trying to listen in to "things"?
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2016
  10. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    No, lots of shore posts in UK and overseas.

    Not at all

    Go and get a visit!

    Put it another way - leaving the Service as a METOC, which is a good job and really valuable, will be difficult to get a decent career outside should you so choose/need. However, leaving as a SR (or commissioned) CT, there will be a far greater variety. Always pays to think a little longer term.
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  11. Haha, yeah I'll sort out a visit then- it seems I have no real idea!

  12. I am in an LFS role now. My second LFS draft.

    The job is mostly tri-service. In locations away from Guzz, Pompey and Faslamabad. My last 'fleet' job ended in January 2009, and I probably won't work single service again for the remainder of my time.
  13. Listen to your Uncle Wave-Dodger. he no speak with forked tongue
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  14. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

  15. That's because we know what you're like, and we don't want you back!
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  16. You've been shown a very good door to interesting and fulfilling things. Run toward it, run like the wind.
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  17. I'm actually not in Georgia, no. Visited last year and would take that in a heartbeat. Georgia, USA that is. Not the former Soviet hellhole.
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  18. No, he's there for the whole yeara :confused:

    I really must get out more....:(
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