Preparing for entry as CT

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  1. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for preparatory study for entry as Communications Technician.

    In retrospect, this post seems pretty swotty, so I aim to redeem it with a :wink:
  2. Hi mate,
    I'm sure you'll understand that I can't go into anything specific on here, but my advice would be to make sure you have a good grasp of basic maths, English, Physics and particularly current affairs. If you're interested in doing languages as a specialisation, make sure you understand how grammar works; if you can understand how any language is put together, it will help you immeasurably.
    Best of luck.
  3. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    Secure your bedroom door with a lock. When people wish to enter get them to knock and wait.

    Use this waiting time to tidy all the doughnuts and coffee cups away, the fold up the twister sheet and turn off the porn. Then let people in only after they have signed a form.

    Hope that helps.
  4. From someone whose, been there and screwed it up, I second Squirrels recommendation. Swat up on grammar, particularly conjugation of verbs.

    It was never my strong point in school, when I tried to got CT as sideways entry it let me down badly, twice.

    Good Luck
  5. Cheers, Squirrell. What I assumed, really. My languages are pretty good, and got my revision books for maths and physics. Just wondering if there was anything I missed. Really looking forward to starting, should be 12 months til I rock up to Raleigh. Plenty of time for revision.

    Guns, thanks for the heads up. If I'd employed the use of a lock on my bedroom door as a teenager it would have saved me a LOT of embarrassment.

    Scouse_Scribes, cheers for that. Sounds like a difficult course. I really hope I do okay.

    Thanks again for all your speedy replies, guys. Got a lot of stuff to revise now, until the letter comes. I do kinda hope it's sooner rather than later. I start a new job in a call centre tomorrow which, needless to say, will probably knock a few precious IQ points off and devour a bit of my soul!
  6. Start learning morse now. By the time you get in it will probably be back in full swing, so you will save yourself alot of headaches if you get on that early.

    Download a programme called MRX and get practicing.

    The course has highs and lows in terms of difficulty, but if you put in a bit of effort, you shouldn't have much trouble passing.
  7. Jeez, I haven't done morse code since I was in Cub Scouts! I'll stick it on my to-do list.

    I'll be putting everything I've got into the course. I've heard the CT guys get all the girls?
  8. Scott, could you develop that statement mate? I started to learn Morse for something a few years ago but have let it slip. Is it making a comeback across the forces or just in limited Navy positions? I'd be interested to hear your views.

  9. I know there is alot of mention of learning languages, now is this something that as a CT you will definitely be expected to do (learn a foreign language, arabic, farsi etc) I was under the impression that it is one specialisation that you could choose to take, but there was more opportunity in the branch other than that?
  10. Yes mate, languages are an opportunity but there are other specialisations as well.

    It might be worth trying to get a bit of experience briefing people/ public speaking if this is something you struggle with, as this is a skill you'll need to develop on course.

    As Scott says, Morse is definitely worth getting to grips with! Touch typing too if you don't do it already.
  11. I'm so fired up for this job now. I really hope the next 12 months fly by. As I understand it, if you have been waiting over a year since your pjft, you have to re-take that? Has anyone else had to do that?
  12. Good points there SLL, I should have mentioned the touch typing and the morse, they will also give you a good head start.
    Languages aren't obligatory by any means, as correctly stated, they are just one of the specialisations you can acquire as a CT, it just happens to be the way I've gone in my career, that's all.
    As for getting all the girls.....I obviously missed that part!
  13. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    Touch typing and morse are the two areas that will give you time in the programme to then concentrate on items outside of your control now.

    Also revise your basic principles of radio telecommunications - AM/FM (what does frequency modulation mean? - I know what it means but do you), single side band what is the construct of a radio wave, how does atmospherics affect radio waves, differences is UHF and HF, learn the freq bands for VLF to SHF (google ITU and look at their definitions for the bands.

    Fitness - more fit the easier it is to pass the RNFT.
  14. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

  15. Cheers guys. That should keep me busy for a while. Guess I'm just gonna have to be patient!

    I'm not too worried about my fitness. Just not sure if I'll be able to pull off 10 mins 56 for the PJFT again. Pretty difficult with my 14.5 stone frame!
  16. Man up - I can do 8:45 with a 13 st 2 lb frame....

    Noting all the trade specific stuff here, don't forget to square away your phase 1 training (i.e. RALEIGH) - there's enough stuff on here to get you going on this one.

    On a CT specific point, and after you've finished your trade training, don't forget that you need to keep your skills up. I've seen CTs sacked because they couldn't meet the standards required on Ops/Deployment...
  17. Yeah fair one; neg-2'ing CT's is all the rage at FOST these days.
  18. I have just got to ask this question:" MORSE"?????
  19. it's free, it can use HF and is relatively quick, why not? Just because NATO uses every bit of bandwidth under the sun, it doesn't mean the rest of the world does....
  20. Alfred_The_Great, thanks for your advice, but I can assure you, I am all man! I may not be the quickest, but I always give it all I've got. But where I lack in speed, I make up for in penis size.

    I'll be looking into radio waves of all types then. Hopefully I'll be an expert by the time I arrive at basic training!

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