Non-commisioned to commisioned officers

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  1. I'm just wondering if you can transfer to a commisioned officer, if you join as a Communications Technician and if so what qualifications do you need and how long would it take. Do you have to become a leading hand first, for example.

  2. There may be opportunities to develop as an Intelligence Officer.
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You may apply to become an officer at any time after completing phase two training providing your are academically qualified. Minimum "in service" qualifications are 5 GCSEs A*~C including maths & English.

    In most instances your Divisional Officer will recommend viable candidates after they achieve Leading Rate however exceptional candidates maybe put forward earlier.
  4. If you have the qualifications,(you do not make that clear) then do yourself a favour and join as an Officer.
  5. I'm with Higs on this one. If you have the required qualifications for officer then go down that route first.
  6. Just wanted to say that, if you hadn't realised or didn't know (and may a fat bird kick me in the knackers if I'm jumping the gun and making assumptions), but going for an in service comission requires lower academic qualifications than direct entry. It's what I was banking on but ya know what? Fcuk. I don't want to be an orrificer anymore. :D
  7. Why would an In service man have to be less qualified in your opinion?
    Does he get brownie points for already knowing how to wear a blue suit?

    Read Ninja -Stokers post carefully including the part which reads.....
    You may apply to become an officer at any time after completing phase two training providing your are academically qualified. Minimum "in service" qualifications are 5 GCSEs A*~C including maths & English.

    Once again you need to brace for that kick in the groin, you numpty.
  8. Well I wanted to work my way up the ranks. However I do have the qualifications needed, including over 500 Ucas points.
  9. I may be wrong, but I think you are a female, if that is the case, GO FOR OFFICER, and I will forget the blowjob.
  10. PMSL. Love it.
  11. Bugger me I read that wrong.

    I thought to my self you can get promoted for winning Uckers!!!!

    Teach me not to wear my glasses.

    Mind you - might not be such a bad idea. WAFU rules of course!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
  12. I worked my way up through the ranks, had all the qualifications needed and 473 green shield stamps. Wrote home to me mum and told her I'd been made Captain of the Heads. She replied "Make sure you look after your men, son".
  13. If you've got 500 UCAS points then for the love of god, be an Officer. Wanting to work your way through the ranks is admirable but stupid. You won't get any brownie points for having been a rating beforehand and getting ordered around by thick as mince fishhead Killicks and POs you're 10x quicker than will drive you crazy.
  14. CTs would commission into the warfare branch and could be employed in any of the areas that X branch have available. We don't have an ''intelligence branch'' as such.
  15. CT is a rating only branch.
  16. Thank you for that clarification, Karma. I was thinking of Warfare Officer when I wrote that.

    All this must put rwilliams in a difficult situation, as she has already gone through the application process for Rating.
  17. Yes.

    So she could join as an officer, not a CT then?

    I don't understand your point.

    Edit: Karma
  18. For me, there are a few factors to think about, but the most important one is ''what does one want out of the career''. Whilst there are a lot of financial benefits to direct entry as an officer, if one discovers that it's not a satisfying career then the financials don't make sense anyway.

    Being a CT is an extremely interesting role, lots of exposure and lots of challenges. On the other hand being a junior warfare officer was, in my opinion, one of the dullest jobs on board. Eight to ten years loitersiing on the bridge is a completely uninspiring prospect.

    On the other hand, getting some credible experience as a CT, then commissioning has some potential. It is very competitive, much harder to achieve than direct entry, but it can make sense. Former CT SUY warfare officers only have to do one bridge monkey job, and then a fairly short one to qualify and then they can fast track through to PWO or other employment more appropriate to their previous experience.

    It also depends what one wants to do in the long term, post regular service.
  19. Thank you for all of your advice, I'm definately going to go through my CT training all the way.
  20. Two different things there. Challenges are just different, neither more nor fewer. And fwiw I'm fairly familiar with what CTs do.

    In terms of using a language, plenty of opportunities nowadays although the health warning for an officer would be that it would take you off the treadmill and getting back on again might be a challenge. One of the CTs can comment on linguist use in the branch but elsewhere there are either exchange opportunities or diplomatic/ liaison roles. I know of Four warfare officers who did exchanges; France, Spain, Netherlands and Portugal for at least one job.

    Linguists are also employed elsewhere in management/ supervision roles or in the Civil Military Liaison world (CIMIC).

    I would suggest that a more consistent linguist career is available as a rating. Most of the officer treadmill is aimed at preparation and breadth, rather than deep specialisation.

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