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Recruitment for Weapons Engineer

soleil

War Hero
Rating, 16 year old

That would be this role, then.


How far have you got with your application so far?
 
My son is also 16 and is waiting for his medical. That and the fitness test are the remaining things to do. He applied for AET in April.

He has been interested in the Navy for at least 3 years so has been looking at various aspects over that time, the history, the fleet, types of aircraft, TV programs, where he would be based as AET, where he would train etc, he joined the local gym several years ago. He has been in the Scouts for 5-6 years, so is familiar with looking after himself, been doing his own ironing for a couple of years. During lockdown he helped me with some DIY projects so got familiar with hand and power tools. He plays cricket for the local club. All useful stuff to talk about at the interview. There are useful videos on YouTube about the interview, and the aptitude tests. The AFCO issue a booklet with example tests in it. He practiced all these for quite some time.

The first stage was the aptitude tests, then interview, then eyesight. From what other people say on here the order seems to vary a bit. He had some surgery as a small kid and Capita who run the medical side asked for some info from his GP. This took them more than 2 months to supply so caused a big delay.

He is now waiting to hear from Capita about the face to face medical. Meanwhile he is running regularly to keep his fitness up ready for the test and hopefully HMS Raleigh at some point not too far off.

I would guess Weapons Engineer would also require some interest in technical knowledge/skills, but I don't think they quite expect someone who can dismantle and repair the ship's missile system at this stage. I guess good scores in the Mechanical Comprehension and Numeracy parts of the tests would be expected for engineering roles.

I am not ex-navy so this is all based on my son's experiences over the last 6 months. Hope it helps.
 

soleil

War Hero
The intention of the interview is to assess your suitability for the Naval Service and for the role you have applied for.

Areas which are covered include home background, education, work record, spare time activities, interests and hobbies, fitness, motivation and service knowledge.

You should be aware of the Terms and Conditions of Service under which you will serve and of the Royal Navy's policy on drugs.

You should know all about your training, initial training and professional training, in fact, you should know all of the details about your role which are given in the relevant Careers page. I would suggest getting some of those little coloured index cards from a stationer and writing down everything about the role which is on there on the cards.


If you can call in to W H Smith's or a larger newsagent, look out for a copy of Navy News.

I would also suggest that you look through the video updates here for some ideas on current deployments and the ships of the Fleet.

 

Greendog

Newbie
My son is also 16 and is waiting for his medical. That and the fitness test are the remaining things to do. He applied for AET in April.

He has been interested in the Navy for at least 3 years so has been looking at various aspects over that time, the history, the fleet, types of aircraft, TV programs, where he would be based as AET, where he would train etc, he joined the local gym several years ago. He has been in the Scouts for 5-6 years, so is familiar with looking after himself, been doing his own ironing for a couple of years. During lockdown he helped me with some DIY projects so got familiar with hand and power tools. He plays cricket for the local club. All useful stuff to talk about at the interview. There are useful videos on YouTube about the interview, and the aptitude tests. The AFCO issue a booklet with example tests in it. He practiced all these for quite some time.

The first stage was the aptitude tests, then interview, then eyesight. From what other people say on here the order seems to vary a bit. He had some surgery as a small kid and Capita who run the medical side asked for some info from his GP. This took them more than 2 months to supply so caused a big delay.

He is now waiting to hear from Capita about the face to face medical. Meanwhile he is running regularly to keep his fitness up ready for the test and hopefully HMS Raleigh at some point not too far off.

I would guess Weapons Engineer would also require some interest in technical knowledge/skills, but I don't think they quite expect someone who can dismantle and repair the ship's missile system at this stage. I guess good scores in the Mechanical Comprehension and Numeracy parts of the tests would be expected for engineering roles.

I am not ex-navy so this is all based on my son's experiences over the last 6 months. Hope it helps.
 
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