Rough waiting times

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  1. Just researching and trying to decide which rating position I would like to go for, not that I want to apply for something just for the sake of it because it has the shortest waiting time, I was just curious what kind of wait I can expect for the following positions:

    Warfare Specialist
    Seaman Specialist
    Communications Technician
    Communication and Information Systems Specialist
    Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialist
    Mine Warfare Specialist
    Mine Clearance Diver

    I'm guessing from chatting to my AFCO it will be around the 2-3 year mark which I expected. I'm looking only at surface fleet as I don't feel the submarine surface is for me at this time, if I change my mind its something I could look into and I'd rather transfer from general service into submariners if that is the case, I'm not keen on the idea of joining submarine surface straight from civvy life just because they have a shorter wait because I run the risk of not liking it/finding it too claustrophobic etc.

    Cheers, many thanks!
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  2. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Waiting times should not be your main consideration, research the different branches open to you (there's loads of information on RR and the RN site) and then come back and ask any unanswered questions. If you join in any particular branch it is unlikely that you will be able to transfer to another once trained
  3. Once you've decided which one or two you'd consider yourself doing, then contact your careers office and they'll tell you the waiting times for your chosen branch(es)

    On a side note, when I sat my RT in March, a lad there was applying as a seaman specialist and he got told 48 months wait. Whether that has decreased I don't know.
  4. I can tell you warfare specialist is around 3 years and seaman specialist is around 5 years.

    I am currently waiting to become a warfare specialist
  5. Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Specialist is also 3 years
  6. I suspect many of the wait times may reduce (considerably) over the next 18 months, however, please decide what you want to be based on your compatibility and liking for the job, not on how quick you could get in to do the wrong job!! You can't change once in service either....

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