SheffGruff said:Bluntly, over submarines, the ACLO is sounding desperate. It seemed all the more so when he was suggesting that he didn't want to push me into it (which, really, is exactly what he's doing and I know it - he is just trying to make me feel like I have ownership over the decision). Because I have a less than ideal academic qualification for Engineer Officer he has been suggesting that I could use the willingness to work on submarines as a bargaining tool with the AIB.
I can't really blame him if there is a shortage - however I pointed out that I don't really believe I'm the sort of person that could spend three months underwater in a tube without going mad and climbing the walls (my wording slightly more diplomatic than that). He agreed that was what many people would expect but offered to put me onto an acquaint course to look at what life on a submarine is like - he is really putting in a lot of effort to try and pursuade me over this. Maybe when I'm a bit older and more settled down I may suit it, particularly with my nuclear knowledge, but for now I'm far too restless and don't want to spend my younger years looking at Faslane or a wall.
I am tempted more and more to drop my application for officer entry and to work as a tech - its more closely related to my current work type and I think you're right, it would be more fun. I could always apply to officer later on if I need the money or want to manage people. For now, I'm starting a new job as an Industrial Logic Programmer which I'll do for now just to get me out of working gigs and as a backup job.
Ninja_Stoker said:You are under no obligation to join as a submariner however you need to be aware that the contract you sign, if you join, states that you agree that you may be called upon to serve on ships alongside & at sea, in submarines, ships taken up from trade, air stations and shore establishments world-wide. It doesn't happen often but you could end up serving on boats anyway.
Best of luck.
chrism_scotland said:I know that the roles and titles have recently changed, is an ET similar to the old role Artrificer?
Ninja_Stoker said:chrism_scotland said:I know that the roles and titles have recently changed, is an ET similar to the old role Artrificer?
In broad tems: "Yes" inasmuch as they replace Artificers & mechanics, but are mostly less qualified than Artificers upon entry.
Doubtless a discussion will ensue: Artificers used to need 5 GCSE's A*-C (including Maths & English), they used to have to score significantly higher in the Recruiting Test, pass an additional maths test, a four year apprenticeship & were considered "under training" until at least the Rate of Petty Officer or Chief Petty Officer was attained. (depending whether AE, WE or ME). ET's require no formal qualifications upon entry.
chrism_scotland said:Do you have to be a certain rank as a rating to be considered for a commission?
Also do you have to be "picked" or can you put yourself forward for an AIB when a rating?