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Warfare Spec or Aircraft Handler

icarus11

Midshipman
Hey everyone. I’m currently stuck between applying for Warfare Specialist or the Aircraft Handler role. I’ve heard the AH can have a waiting list of up to two years so I was wondering if anyone knew what the waiting list is for the WS? As if it is shorter I might apply for that instead. Also if anyone has any advice on which role might be better feel free to comment. Thanks.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
What is your preference?

Don't join a branch purely just to get in earlier, you could end up in a role you're not happy with.
 

icarus11

Midshipman
I slightly prefer AH, but i’d still be happy with WS. Though I think AH has better employment after you leave so i’ve heard.
 

slim

War Hero
I slightly prefer AH, but i’d still be happy with WS. Though I think AH has better employment after you leave so i’ve heard.
You are thinking about joining the RN.
Think also about the time that will come when you leave the RN
Not too much call in civie street for WS
AH have far more scope, Plenty of airfields that need their skills.
Fire fighters, many AH have joined the fire brigade.
Some AH used to work inn Air Traffic Control, I don't know if this is still the case but more than a few took this route
Your decision
 

icarus11

Midshipman
You are thinking about joining the RN.
Think also about the time that will come when you leave the RN
Not too much call in civie street for WS
AH have far more scope, Plenty of airfields that need their skills.
Fire fighters, many AH have joined the fire brigade.
Some AH used to work inn Air Traffic Control, I don't know if this is still the case but more than a few took this route
Your decision
Yeah I think AH seems more appealing in that respect. Cheers mate.
 

buffersduffer

Lantern Swinger
@icarus11

Joining as a chock head will limit the type of ship you’ll sail on, great though if you want to avoid submarines

pro’s & cons either way

If your already thinking of the afterlife and your scores good enough take the accelerated apprenticeship, engineers are still in demand outside
 

slim

War Hero
@icarus11

Joining as a chock head will limit the type of ship you’ll sail on, great though if you want to avoid submarines

pro’s & cons either way

If your already thinking of the afterlife and your scores good enough take the accelerated apprenticeship, engineers are still in demand outside
Engineering will always be the preferred option.
However not everyone has the educational skills required.
 

Waspie

War Hero
I slightly prefer AH, but i’d still be happy with WS. Though I think AH has better employment after you leave so i’ve heard.
Don't assume you will be employed in a similar role in civvy street!!!! That applies to all RN trades. BUT what the Navy and armed forces in general will do is give you a sound platform, confidence and personal skills), to achieve whatever you wish.

I bet if you did a poll of all ex servicemen you'd find very few doing what they did whilst serving!!!

As a general rule of thumb, WS will spend more time on board than any FAA trade.

As Wrecker said, don't sign up because you will get in earlier. You may live to regret it in the long term!!!
 

Waspie

War Hero
You are thinking about joining the RN.
Think also about the time that will come when you leave the RN
Not too much call in civie street for WS
AH have far more scope, Plenty of airfields that need their skills.
Fire fighters, many AH have joined the fire brigade.
Some AH used to work inn Air Traffic Control, I don't know if this is still the case but more than a few took this route
Your decision
Down side with AH after service, if you want to get into the fire department on a civvy airfield or fire service full stop I believe the age limit for joining is 35. Not gospel today, but it was a few years back. I know a few time served chock heads that were turned away due to age after doing their 22!!!
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Don't assume you will be employed in a similar role in civvy street!!!! That applies to all RN trades. BUT what the Navy and armed forces in general will do is give you a sound platform, confidence and personal skills), to achieve whatever you wish.

I bet if you did a poll of all ex servicemen you'd find very few doing what they did whilst serving!!
!

As a general rule of thumb, WS will spend more time on board than any FAA trade.

As Wrecker said, don't sign up because you will get in earlier. You may live to regret it in the long term!!!
My bold.
Too true. I joined at 16 as an OM(AW) around 25 years ago. Basically a WS in old money. I just fancied being in a warfare role. No thoughts of the ‘afterlife’.
Then I crossed trained to Aircraft Controller. I only did 12 years but that was enough for me.
I’m now running my roofing business.
Absolutely none of my trades had anything to do with my present occupation.
However, what I developed from being in the RN in general is the resilience to ‘keep on keeping on’.
As already stated, do what you want to do, not what gains an earlier entry date.
Good luck with what ever you decide and keep us updated.
 
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