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Warfare Officer

RAM28

Midshipman
Hello,
I have currently applied as a Warfare Officer and I have my recruitment test at the end of this month. I have applied for this role as some of the roles responsibilities have appealed to me as well as the officer pay of course;) however I am starting to get doubts about the role as many reviews on this forum have described the role as "boring" which may be one of the reasons it is currently a high priority role.
So I was wondering if someone who has served on the warfare branch or anyone with an unbiased opinion of the role could give me further insight into this opportunity.....thanks!
 

fishhead

War Hero
Any role can be viewed as boring or challenging depending on how much effort you're prepared to make to be a success. Having said that no role is wall to wall excitement 24/7. There are no guarantees on offer other than it will be different to anything you encounter in civvie street.
 

RAM28

Midshipman
Thanks for the quick reply fishhead, I suppose it could be completely boring and I'd still rather be doing that than anything else on civvie street
 

WannabeAdmiral

Lantern Swinger
I'm also looking into Warfare Officer - from what I've seen, the most boring bit seems to be Officer of the Watch duty, which is standing in the bridge for 4 hours (!) giving conning orders. Not exactly thrilling, but I suppose someone has to do it.

I think the biggest thing I saw against it was that there are no skills you learn that are useful back in the civvie world, but if you intend to be a career officer it doesn't really matter.
 

Ballistic

War Hero
I'm also looking into Warfare Officer - from what I've seen, the most boring bit seems to be Officer of the Watch duty, which is standing in the bridge for 4 hours (!) giving conning orders. Not exactly thrilling, but I suppose someone has to do it.

I think the biggest thing I saw against it was that there are no skills you learn that are useful back in the civvie world, but if you intend to be a career officer it doesn't really matter.

Good luck trying to be bored as OOW during a RAS or an ADEX , Flying Stations, OOW Manoeuvres ... :rolleyes:
 

Spare_Rib

Lantern Swinger
Pretty much your entire job as a Junior Warfare Officer will be spent on the bridge being the 'boring' OOW. You may want to investigate other branches if you feel this way already......
 

Rubicon

Newbie
Speaking as a Merchant-ish (Superyacht & Sail Training) OOW who's in the process of joining the RN as a Warfare Officer, OOW duties on a warship seem to be far more engaging than civilian watchkeeping. Your legs will get tired as you don't get comfy armchairs with cup holders like we do ;), but at least you've got other people on your bridge to talk to, and enough work fixing every 6 mins to keep you amused forever.
I actually reckon the bridge work sounds more engaging than sitting in the ops room, but I am a total throbber.
 
yeah, so.

Yes, being an OOW can be dull as dishwater. I've hallucinated on watch due a combination of tiredness and boredom.

It can also be one of the hardest things you've ever done - running a watch when you're in close tactical co-ordination with a couple of other ships, some helos, and a submarine playing silly buggers, all at night, avoiding fishermen, will stretch your mental capacity in about 15 seconds. Sometimes you'll be hanging on with your fingernails and hoping it'll all be over soon.

Being an OOW means you are at the very front of the action (sometimes literally) for good or for bad. It is a job for people who want to put their hand up and take it on, not afraid to fail and stand up again and again. The "man in the arena" is cliched but highly applicable to it all.

I love it and loathe it with equal measure.
 

WannabeAdmiral

Lantern Swinger
yeah, so.

Yes, being an OOW can be dull as dishwater. I've hallucinated on watch due a combination of tiredness and boredom.

It can also be one of the hardest things you've ever done - running a watch when you're in close tactical co-ordination with a couple of other ships, some helos, and a submarine playing silly buggers, all at night, avoiding fishermen, will stretch your mental capacity in about 15 seconds. Sometimes you'll be hanging on with your fingernails and hoping it'll all be over soon.

Being an OOW means you are at the very front of the action (sometimes literally) for good or for bad. It is a job for people who want to put their hand up and take it on, not afraid to fail and stand up again and again. The "man in the arena" is cliched but highly applicable to it all.

I love it and loathe it with equal measure.

That's exactly what I'm looking for! Though standing for 4 hours doesn't thrill me.

What sort of things did you hallucinate? I've never had a hallucination before (at least, I don't think so...), so what's it like - especially when you can't show it?
 
Any role can be viewed as boring or challenging depending on how much effort you're prepared to make to be a success. Having said that no role is wall to wall excitement 24/7, except maybe a Sea Harrier Pinky? There are no guarantees on offer other than it will be different to anything you encounter in civvie street.

Fixed, free of charge :)
 
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