Warfare specialist

I got my PRNC and my entry date for Raleigh but after reading a lot of posts on here I’m worried I’ll regret my decision, is it too late to change to a weapons engineer or should I stick it out? Could anyone try and put my mind at ease about WS or is It as bad as they say?
See this it the thing I don’t wanna spend 4+ years being a glorified painter
Things may have changed since my time but most branches found themselves wielding the paintbrush at some time. Admittedly some more than others. If you want to avoid painting join as an officer and then you can direct the painting rather than do it yourself.
PS In later life when I became a home owner my painting skills have not been found wanting.:)
See this it the thing I don’t wanna spend 4+ years being a glorified painter
Join the army then and get people shooting at you!!!
Seriously, even we Wafu’s wielded a paint brush when the situation arose. The navy hasn’t got around to a painting and decorating branch. (Yet).


Lantern Swinger
I'm an ex chef and I was painting the lagging at one point. Everyone gets involved in the upkeep of the ship, she is your home :)

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I was a Dabber for 7+ Years and it wasn’t the manual work/ships maintenance that bothered me. As everyone has said, they’ve all been involved in that sort of thing one way or another. You’ll for sure end up doing more seamanship evolutions than all the other branches.

My cons for the warfare branch was sitting on the plot, wasn’t the job for me whatsoever.

I’m not gonna come out and say you shouldn’t join as a Dabber, but take opinions from some of the lads/lasses on here and make up your own mind.

BTW I’m potentially rejoining as a WE.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to PM me, i’ll Try to keep my opinions to myself and just give you facts and my own experience.


War Hero
The interesting thing is every job has a menial or mundane aspect. Be it ET(ME)s cleaning grease filters on sewage treatment systems, Comms Techs cleaning toilets, ET(WE)s painting equipment in the freezing cold after climbing up the mainmast at sea, or a Warfare Specialist carrying out gangway watches in the pissing rain at 2 am whilst everyone else is returning from a run ashore in Madeira or an Officer Under Training working her stint in the junior rates dinning hall potwash.

The odd thing is Warfare Specialists are probably one of the larger branches and therefore capable of moaning the loudest when it suits them.

They are no worse off than any other branch, they just like to think they are. @Chicogiz in your personal experience, as a Warfare Specialist of repute, how many hours a week, on average, does a WS spend painting whilst serving on a seagoing warship over the course of a year?

Hell, as a recruiter I even had to make my own cup of tea and work on a Sunday. Once. And here I am at stupid o'clock answering recruiting queries....


War Hero
Bit like having a CMEM’s uniform in your profile pic as a WO1 Career Advisor?

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Yep, I need to update that avatar piccy.

As a Careers Adviser, one continues to wear one's source branch badges, but yep, as an RN WO, one no longer wears branch badges on the lapels, just the propellor tattoos on the arse cheeks. It's probably in a BR. Somewhere.

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