Need advice WE(SM) or ME(SM)

#1
Hello all i want to join the royal navy and i am sure i want to go into the silent service but i am stuck between two jobs ME or WE. What role has the best career prospects after the navy ( if i wanted to leave), what role has the best benefits. thanks for any advice in advance


Ps i have used the search function and can't find much on this topic
 
#2
Both have fully employable skills in civvy street and are more or less the equal, although as an ex-ME I'd say the ME branch covers a wider range of skills.
 
#4
ME's do have a much tougher work schedule, and I'm not just saying that because I was one.

Boats, being steam driven, are manhour intensive when alongside for maintenance. Most ME's do far more duties than their WE counterparts, apart from the wreckers, which is why I was glad when I finally got a fwd draft as a wrecker.
 
#6
Good days and bad days but on the whole, yes, every day was different and if you have a good group in the engine room it makes it more enjoyable.
 
#7
I'd caveat what WreckerL has said by saying that as a WE, if you're streamed SWS, your watchbill can be pretty horrendous at times. Due to serious manning issues in the branch it is not unheard of two be in a 1 in 2 watchbill alongside.


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#8
Thanks guys i think i am going to go for ME also what happens if one guy on a boat ends up being an ass**** and you're stuck with him for the deployment?
 

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#9
You've answered your own question. Its the same where ever you work. Shouldn't be too bad though, Wrecks has retired!.
 
#11
As a WE you will have to learn to work in the dark, back afties do it with the lights on.
Both I believe, if you stay long enough and get selected for the training can take you up to degree standard in your chosen engineering branch
 
#12
Thanks guys also would i go to submarine school after basic training the navy website doesn't mention it for ME but it says WE's go to it for 4 months?
 
#13
ME's go to the nuclear school at Sultan. They don't go to the submarine school unless as an instructor/divisional staff but thats at Senior Rate level.
 
#14
Since my last reply i have put much thought into this and i have ultimately decided that i will go as a skimmer ME first then after a few years i will transfer to boats, thanks everyone who gave advice it was much appreciated
 
#15
Since my last reply i have put much thought into this and i have ultimately decided that i will go as a skimmer ME first then after a few years i will transfer to boats, thanks everyone who gave advice it was much appreciated
Good luck with your chosen career
 

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