Warfare specialist or A.E.T ?

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  1. Hey guys

    I've just done my R.T but I didn't get a high enough score for A.E.T (bloody maths), but I have been told that I can go into Warfare Specialist. So I was just wondering if anyone can give me some advice as to whether I should go down the route of W.S or wait a year (hope I pass) and resit my R.T. My heart is pretty set on A.E.T but I'm not sure if I can wait a year.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    If your priority is is speed in which you can join rather than the actual job you intend doing for the next 5, 12 or 20-0dd years then you seriously need to revisit the RN wensite & have a good look at the two jobs - they could not be more different.

    WS is about a 12 month wait to join, is a non-technical branch, involves lots of sea drafts, watchkeeping (shiftwork) at sea and alongside as an armed gangway sentry.

    AET involves working with aircraft, usually based on an air-station. You can wait several years to serve on a ship and you generally go where the aircraft go. It is a technical branch and earns transferable technical qualifications.
  3. Thanks for the speedy reply ninja, I think I'll wait a year.
  4. Good man, joining Gods chosen ones will be worth the wait. Spend the year improving your mathe skills!
  5. Haha, glad to hear it
  6. Stay clear of warfare specialist or anything warfare.

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  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Some have few options other than to join non-technical branches. Ultimately it's the individual's choice whether to join & what opportunities they are prepared to earn themselves.

    Job-wise, I honestly feel each branch has something to offer but we do hear some feel they are hard done by in relation to other branches. Truth is, most are bright enough to realise that every branch has a menial, less appealing aspects.

    As often stated, the average matelot serves around six years & most often the reason individuals leave at this point is because their personal circumstances evolve as they mature & the separation element no longer suits. Some stay and bleat about it, the smarter individuals realise they've earned transferable life skills/experience but decide it's now time to move-on.

    It would be a bit of a sweepong statement to suggest a branch that includes Fighter Pilots, Mine Clearance Divers, Oceanography, Meteorology & Navigators amongst many others and one when actually in combat, is the branch that all other branches ultimately hold in great respect, should be avoided.
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  8. In truth there are no branches in the RN which should be avoided, having made this statement I believe that every applicant should research their choice(s), if they are going to get the most out of their service career they should be also thinking of how that choice will be used once service life is over. Technical branches will give skills which are normally transferable in civie life.
    I have seen some very clever and intelligent people who have gone opted for a branch requiring a low entry score when they could have entered as Tiffs (spit) This extra intelligence made them stand out and promotion through the rates was extremely rapid, some even having SD papers raised and eventually becoming hoccifers.
    So your navy, your choice
  9. Ninja, I really am not trolling or going for a wind up but find your comment that they are respected by ALL other branches a bit of a porkie. Maybe it was just the WEs that had issues with them, as a stoker you got to break your own kit but we had a whole department employed to do it for us. Ever seen the scrum in the Ops Room after SOCs while the scope dopes report numerous faults for the WEs to report NFF (no fault found). I won't start on Primo PWOs screaming that their kit doesn't work and a WE JR turning up the display brightness for him.
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Yep, I thought the same until the Gunners started shooting planes down during the Falklands conflict. When you're stuck below decks and the only thing between you and the bugger trying to kill you is a Gunner, one tends to view them in a slightly different light.

    That said, several weeks later, we reverted to looking inwards in the finest Naval tradition. Likewise church attendance diminished at threat warning White too.
  11. Ninja in my time in Post Falklands most of the Upper Deck Weapons Crews were WEs the directors were gunners but the guy aiming and pulling triggers weren't. Also the majority of the 4.5" Gun Bay crew werent Gunners. Just saying like.
    It may well have been a function of kit becoming more complex and requiring a technical understanding to ensure good operation, not sure but a thought.
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It's appreciated the WE's play their part. In my experience however, they're the only branch that think it appropriate to open a case of champagne when their kit actually does what it was designed to do.:)
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  13. That used to embarrass the **** out of me. The Missile Queens seemed to love it.
    Didn't happen with my kit though, everyone just assumed the guns would go bnag when required - which they did.
    And to be fair to the pinkies, nobody noticed their kit was working until comms fell over or the radar went down - a bit like the evaps or air conditioning really ;)
  14. Point of order .:eek:
    It was a small part of the WEs that got the Shampoo. The rest of us kept our equipment working day in and out with no more rewards than the stokers. The Weaponearing primos got their kit to work for 1 day between refits and got the Shampoo, just as annoying was the PWO(A) normally go to share it..........

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