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Seaman Specialist

Went for my test this morning, really let myself down on the maths but still passed overall. Amongst the list of opportunities was a Seaman Specialist (which is probably the worst-named job Ive ever heard) but it appeals to me as it seems like a very hands-on job so Im tempted to apply for it. Obviously the RN brochure talks it up, but is it actually a good option?
 

Rookie-WWFC

Lantern Swinger
I heard somewhere that seaman specialist is the shit job in the general service and I don't believe it requires that high a score on the RT, what else did you pass for?
 

Rookie-WWFC

Lantern Swinger
Not what you are suited to, just what you have passed the minimum scores for. I hear seaman specialist involves a lot of general duties and learning to tie different knots, but none of this is covered on the RT.
 

tiddlyoggy

War Hero
Book Reviewer
tenacious_g said:
Went for my test this morning, really let myself down on the maths but still passed overall. Amongst the list of opportunities was a Seaman Specialist (which is probably the worst-named job Ive ever heard) but it appeals to me as it seems like a very hands-on job so Im tempted to apply for it. Obviously the RN brochure talks it up, but is it actually a good option?

Obviously the best person to answer this question is someone who is a seaman specialist, but as none of your answers yet have come from serving personnel I'll give you a rough idea of what to expect. You use the term "hands-on", from my POV I'd say it is more so than other warfare branches, in that you'll do more actual seamanship: ropework, boat handling etc., but also more in the way of upperdeck maintenance, painting and greasing routines etc., some of which can get boring, however once you reach senior rate level you will be employed as chief bosun's mate in surface ships. This is a position of great responsibilty and you will be very busy.
 
Rookie-WWFC said:
I heard somewhere that seaman specialist is the shit job in the general service and I don't believe it requires that high a score on the RT, what else did you pass for?

The other roles I have been offered are Supply Logistics, Mine Warfare Specialist Warfare Specialist and Branch Communicator. Obviously I want something that would serve me well in civvy street too so any advice would be appreciated.
 

Rookie-WWFC

Lantern Swinger
I was encouraged by someone on my RNAC to go logistics, he said you can do people favours on ship and you get them returned plus you get a good qualification/experience for a job if you left but I'm sure someone whose already in and doing one of those jobs will tell you better than I can. Got to add that logistics was for on a submarine but I guess it's the same job on ship.
 

tiddlyoggy

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Rookie-WWFC said:
May not be serving tiddlyoggy but I believe you've just repeated what I said using more words.

No need to go defensive, I wasn't haven't having a go at you for not serving, just trying to help the guy, as you were. However, I'd have to say that I think your suggestion that I repeated what you said is inaccurate. "General duties" could mean just about anything, so I gave a bit more detail. I wouldn't ever claim to know everything a seaman specialist is expected to do, but I could give a little more information than had been offered up to that point, so I did, is that a wrong thing to do?
 
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