New guy here... looking at being an AET.

Hey guys,

Well, my dad has been an aircraft engineer for the past 35 odd years, both mechanical and avionics, a civy though.

My step brother recently passed out as a Marine.

So, i was looking at becoming an AET as its a chance to get into the trade and Navy.

Was hoping to hear peoples experiences, plus's, negetives if there is any. Just peoples general opinions.

Im off to the careers office tomorrow to have a chat with someone.


not a bad life as a AEM or AET as they are called now. As with any job take the good with the bad and piss off all the fisheads who hate WAFU's as were all good looking bastards (stand by for abuse from the seaman branch). Good range of aircraft to work on and now foundation degree if you make it to the dizzy heights of PO/CPO. So have fun and apply


Lantern Swinger
AaronP said:
Hey guys,

.........., i was hoping to hear peoples experiences, plus's, negetives if there is any. Just peoples general opinions.

Im off to the careers office tomorrow to have a chat with someone.


Such a shame you couldn't have hung around a while longer matey, we could have warned you off about being like your father. :( No you dickwad, I don't mean steer away from AEM, I just meant, well, be a real sailor. Like anything but an AEM. :lol:


Lantern Swinger
Bisley said:
Good range of aircraft to work on ................
Oohhh, you make me fcuking angry. Name one of the twats, and don't for goodness sake say a Harrier. Bet your into things like, oh, I don't know. How about a Lynx, or the Merlin.

Aircraft, I don't think so. The Seahawk left the Navy years ago and it could do a far better job than any of this modern siht, in fact the Gannet was a low and slow, but that was a genuine article in its days. Whatever happened to 'think ahead and prepare for the future'. Probably got lost in the past, along with a million other things and fat fcuking politicians who died of over payment.

Sorry wings, bit shtity tonight. :(
Dabs said:
Bisley said:
ooooooohhh DABS did we get out of the wrong side of bed today. TUT TUT obviously a failed steward!!
There's such a thing? :eek:
Are just been reliably informed from the man in the know. Failed steward branch does exist. Called Regulating branch :lol: soory as they like to be called now Naval Service policemen 8O
Seadog said:
Bisley wrote

foundation degree
It's still a fcuking HND-a foundation for a degree-if the candidate is up to it.

Calm down Seadog. I know its a glorified HND but i dont work for the education department who brought in those renamed HND's to make them sound good
:D Fleet Air Arm, best kept secret about the RN. 21 years and only 4 years Sea Time, most of that spent front line stuck on an air station or swaning of to the States by air.

Now stuck in East Midlands working with the Crabs. Fluffy uniforms and top food. :D

All I can say is!!!!



War Hero
I know its a glorified HND
Nothing 'glorified' about it Bisley. It's just an HND, more than is really required by hands on maintainers. CDF, supervision and a RATS toolkit is more important.
couldnt agree more JointForceHarrier, 16 years Harrier (all true blue- never the other barstewards) and only 6 years on me LSSB. neighbour two doors down has done 6 years as a chef just got his hook and already up to 5 years. makes him sick when the wafus in the street tell him the truths.

as they say at all careers offices join the navy son and you can fix aircraft - never do they say join the navy and you can iron an officers shirt, wipe his plate clean, peel spuds or give out items of stores with the biggest sulk on your face because you cant go upstairs.

8 on 8 off - dont make me laugh we where always going to night fliers and that was after a few beers in the mess


Lantern Swinger
4 years JHF, 21 years and 6 days, only 2 on a pussers ship you old seadog you. Mind you I have had to put up with loads of utterly utterly useless crabs and and the poorly classified REME "craftsmen".


Lantern Swinger
Aaron, from my understanding you need to be quite academically bright to gain fast promotion if that is what you are after, In my day Late 80`s on course it was dogwatch sports, Brickwoods, Rugby etc, some of my mates on POAET`s course AND LAET`s course do dogwatch academic instruction to pass the course, extra Maths and Physics. No longer weeks and weeks of tin bashing for the Grubbers.
Thus in theory you will be a clever B*stard, however practically you will struggle to join to bits of metal together. If thats what the Navy wants thats fine.
Advice start an A level maths course or MST121 with the Open University it will give you an overview of what to expect (and will be harder than AET course material) GCSE physics or OU course. AET course will be then alot easier for you and you will give yourself a better crack at Fastrack promotion if you so desire.

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