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MEO(SM) - Submarine Service



I have recently passed my AIB for Marine Engineer Officer (Submariner) and are wondering if anyone could shine a light on what the silent service is like to work in?

I am committed to the role but it has became increasingly apparent that their is a retension issue in the service. Why is this? I am concerned I am leaving a good career for something that people know something about I don't?

Any feedback or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated.


War Hero
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I would say because of the level of training and experience, particularly in the nuclear industry, nuclear qualified officers and Senior Ratings have highly transferable skills and civvy street pays well for this.


Lantern Swinger
Yep. The job is brilliant. You make of it what you will. The skill set you develop is in huge demand outside the mob, so there are lots of opportunities that might attract some people out. The retention issue is not so much because the MESM job is not interesting, it's that you pick up a set of skills that mean you can choose to do interesting work outside the mob, if you want to.
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