Warfare Specialist WS

ws1602

Lantern Swinger
I know there are posts out there about being a WS but they all seem fairly old (posted around '08, '09).

I've read about Phase 1 training and what really happens.

However, cannot find anything on Phase 2.

- What do you actually do?
- What is in the training?
- Where is the training?
- Do you get weekends "off"?
- What happens on completion of Phase 2?

Any guidance, help, advice would be appreciated.

Yours Aye
 

zulujools

Badgeman
Hi there, I can give some info for you. The WS is now split so you either choose AWW (Above Water Warfare) or AWT (Above Water Tactical). Phase 2 is at Collingwood for about 5 months for AWW and a little shorter for AWT. After that return to HMS Raleigh for further training of about 3 months regarding seamanship, weapon training and boarding party. This is for surface fleet so I'm not sure for boats (subs). Hope this helps :)
 

zulujools

Badgeman
Sorry forgot to tell you that you get taught how to use the weaponry on the ship, you have to choose what kind of ship you want to serve on, i.e. Frigate, Destroyer, etc. Yes, you do get weekends off, just not your first weekend.
 

zulujools

Badgeman
I can't answer that, personal choice really. My son chose AWW as the AWT's mainly just sit in the Ops Room in front of a computer and he prefers the "hands on" side of it. I know he's really enjoying it and has no regrets about choosing AWW.
 

tommo

War Hero
WS is split into more than 2 branches -AWT, AWW, UW, EW, MW, HM

The branch has pretty much gone back to source branches (for the old and bold pre OM days)

AWT is a Radar Operator (also trained in gunnery)
AWW is a Gunner (but they also keep Ops Room watches) and soon will be going back to keeping watches on the bridge. So the "not keeping watches" ideal people think they get doesn't happen. Even as Killicks they will be keeping Sea QM watches on the bridge again.

UW is a Sonar Operator
EW is an Electronic Warfare Operator
MW is Mine Warfare
HM is Hydrographer/Meteorologist

All sub branches do seamanship and now starting to do a seamanship taskbook as well as their trade taskbooks again like they used to.





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tommo

War Hero
They can put a preference down, however the needs of service comes first.

Those that fail the AWT course end up going AWW, there was a course of ratings (not all just a few) that purposely failed the AWT course so they could go gunner and go kicked out for purposely failing.

What they don't tend to realise, is they all keep watches in the Ops Room in some form regardless. And being a gunner doesn't mean you shoot guns all the time, and even less as you go up in rank


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AB111

Badgeman
Sorry forgot to tell you that you get taught how to use the weaponry on the ship, you have to choose what kind of ship you want to serve on, i.e. Frigate, Destroyer, etc. Yes, you do get weekends off, just not your first weekend.
Is "aircraft carrier" an option? haha. Is the choice permanent? Surely not. Thanks so much for the info!
 

AB111

Badgeman
WS is split into more than 2 branches -AWT, AWW, UW, EW, MW, HM

The branch has pretty much gone back to source branches (for the old and bold pre OM days)

AWT is a Radar Operator (also trained in gunnery)
AWW is a Gunner (but they also keep Ops Room watches) and soon will be going back to keeping watches on the bridge. So the "not keeping watches" ideal people think they get doesn't happen. Even as Killicks they will be keeping Sea QM watches on the bridge again.

UW is a Sonar Operator
EW is an Electronic Warfare Operator
MW is Mine Warfare
HM is Hydrographer/Meteorologist

All sub branches do seamanship and now starting to do a seamanship taskbook as well as their trade taskbooks again like they used to.





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Fantastic reply! I think it's a shame there's apparently not more information about this. I'd love to know more about many of those, such as EW. Because tbh it gets confusing with CIS, ET, CT and now all your acronyms. Not to mention things like "boarding party" which sounds really cool.
 

ws1602

Lantern Swinger
Fantastic reply! I think it's a shame there's apparently not more information about this. I'd love to know more about many of those, such as EW. Because tbh it gets confusing with CIS, ET, CT and now all your acronyms. Not to mention things like "boarding party" which sounds really cool.
I agree, it is what I call like the proper Navy stuff!! Not just your day to day job as an ET or AWW or stoker but like the other side of the navy that nobody ever see's unless its on TV!
 
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