warfare spec or weapons engineer

busychris

Badgeman
Passed rt today thinking I would get a lower score than I did, I had set my mind on joining as warfare spec but the afco tells me I could pretty much choose any job, weapons engineer is the only other that appeals. Can't seem to find much info on what a weapons engineer does day to day any info/personal experiance would be much appreciated, I have trawled the navy website and also this forum, cheers
 

dan457brfc

Midshipman
As a Weapon Engineer you will be responsible for maintaining and fixing cutting edge radars/sonars/missile/gun systems.

As a Warfare Specialist you will be responsible for de-rusting and painting upperdeck fittings and spending at least 8 hours a day looking at a radar/sonar/ew display.
 

busychris

Badgeman
Saying that though I did say I wasn't interested in comms before she wrote the list

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busychris

Badgeman
Im fortunate that I dont need to worry about post navy because I have been a painter n decorator for last 10 yrs so have that to fall back on. Im joining the navy for the lifestyle, pension and its always been a dream of mine to join

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busychris

Badgeman
What do warfare specialists do when not at sea? Is weapons engineering all below deck or is it balanced outdoors/indoors? Dont wanna be stuck indoors the whole time hence my interest in warfare specialist

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Rachelthree

War Hero
Yes I have mate but 18 month wait

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I think this is the best bet. I mean you could wait for a job you really think you'll enjoy, but why do that when you can potentially get in the mob a few months quicker. Wise man.
 

dan457brfc

Midshipman
Being a WE I am biased but I think that any of the engineering branches are your best bet-good qualifications, working routines and a job where you will be constantly challenged to think for yourself. Or sea spec-hours of watchkeeping(bridge, gangway, ops room), endless cleaning and painting and very little to show for it at the end of your time.
 

Ballistic

War Hero
What do warfare specialists do when not at sea? Is weapons engineering all below deck or is it balanced outdoors/indoors? Dont wanna be stuck indoors the whole time hence my interest in warfare specialist

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Sensor displays and electronics associated with fire control are generally below decks but the "business" end of weapons are, of necessity, on the upper scupper. You'll get plenty of fresh air!
 

OMM

War Hero
Cheers for the replies, I think ill go WE.

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I start as a WE in November with a total wait time from recruiting test to entry of 22 months. So you know what to expect.
 
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