Soon to be an AET!

Chewy

Midshipman
Hello,

Just had my date for basic training so am soon to be one of you lot! So feel free to let me know what I'm letting myself in for. Any funny stories or advice about your basic training and phase two at Sultan or other training establishments would make a good read. Get you all remanising on days gone by.
 
after basics and pt 2 training you can expect to join one of only two remaining air stations for pt 3 training on your "preferenced" aircraft type.
there you will be trained in the essentials such as the Hangar push, rusting and dusting techniques and the delights of sitting in the issue centre reading crusty issues of FHM, loaded and the likes of.
Then after passing QM & QS (well thats what it was) you get a draft to a ship and then the reality really kicks in......
 

junglyAEO

Midshipman
Depends what you're after.

Small team, lots of time at sea in frigates, then go Lynx. You'll get lots of additional responsibilities early and you'll have a new cab in a few years time.

Big squadrons, shiny new(ish) helos, dull operations (though that may change soon), but life on flatops, go Merlin. But you'll have to live in Cornwall.

Shiny pointy jets, handlebar moustache and fitting for new "light blue" jersey, go Harrier. You'll have to live in East Anglia and be prepared to move to Scotland in a few years time. Very little sea time, but you will find yourself in the 'stan.

More operations than you can shake a stick out, proper jointery and the chance to work with some top blokes in exotic locations around the world. Some sea time, some "camping with guns", lots of time in the desert and some time in the arctic - go jungly. You'll have to have penchant for "classic" aircraft though, as the mighty King is going to soldier on for years to come.

If you only want to have female offspring, then be a bagman.

Hope this helps - best of luck as an AET, you're joining the best branch in around.

jungly
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
junglyAEO said:
Shiny pointy jets, handlebar moustache and fitting for new "light blue" jersey, go Harrier. You'll have to live in East Anglia ...

One minor correction here; Wittering / Cottesmore are not in East Anglia, they are actually in the East Midlands (I know, out a flat featureless landscape populated by inbreds into a flat featureless landscape populated by immigrants!). :)
 

Chewy

Midshipman
Cheers JungleyAEO,

Good advice, it's really got me thinking of which aircraft I should choose.
Im not one to look for easy options for an easy life, I want to push myself and work my way through the ranks as quick as possible. Any Specific aircraft that might help me achieve this?

Also I would love to work on the new Joint Strike Fighters when they are commissioned. I assume expereince on the Harrier would hold me in good stead?

Although I would like to travel so the new super lynx could be an option them?

Not sure yet? but I'm sure after phase 2 I will have more of an idea!
 

Jungly_J

Newbie
Congratulations, you opted to join the best branch in the RN. I've been in for about 20months, got my QM QS qualification back in April on 848 squadron, been on numerous detacthments, and join my frontline squadron in January. The Jungley circuit is the way to go, it offers so much more than the lynk or merlin world.

With reference to your post the other day regarding pay, its not great. Unfortunately we're in the lower pay band as AETs, but as soon as you're a killick you'll move th the higher pay band. As i said earlier, i've been in for 20months and bring home just under £1000 a month.

Raleigh and Sultan are a means to an end, the real fun starts when you get to your airstation.
Goodluck
 

fido

MIA
Jungly_J said:
Congratulations, you opted to join the best branch in the RN. I've been in for about 20months, got my QM QS qualification back in April on 848 squadron, been on numerous detacthments, and join my frontline squadron in January. The Jungley circuit is the way to go, it offers so much more than the lynk or merlin world.

With reference to your post the other day regarding pay, its not great. Unfortunately we're in the lower pay band as AETs, but as soon as you're a killick you'll move th the higher pay band. As i said earlier, i've been in for 20months and bring home just under £1000 a month.

Raleigh and Sultan are a means to an end, the real fun starts when you get to your airstation.
Goodluck

Does twenty months really give you enough experience to define the only way to go? Especially when you apparently have no experience of Lynx or Merlin and have not yet joined a front line squadron! Back in your 848 training box with the building bricks boy!
 

millwall_star

Midshipman
hi i hope to become aet ant i have my interview soon and i need to revise up on the trade could people please tell me what it is you do as avionics or airframe this would be very helpful thank you
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Hello & welcome,

Have a trawl through the "Newbies" threads, you should find the answer to your quest. Alternatively try the "search" function for AET.

Good luck to you, hope your interview goes well - a very good job to apply for. (Wish I'd done the same, but I was too good looking & ended up being a marine engineer)
 
**Welcome Onboard**

Remember Royal Navy by choice

Fleet Air Arm by abillity :w00t:


Harriers are not a bad choice, snag is you will be crab trained, just bite your lip and get on with it.

Good Luck
 

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