Warfare Specialist

Hello,

I plan to join the Navy when I am older (14.5 currently), and I have been doing my research about stuff. What does a Warfare Specialist do (the RN website is kinda vague), and would it matter if I am slightly red-green colourblind? Would it be a good idea to join the reserves when I am 16 or just go straight in after A-Levels?

Thanks,
Pome-Grenade
 

Balwearie101

Badgeman
Hello,

I plan to join the Navy when I am older (14.5 currently), and I have been doing my research about stuff. What does a Warfare Specialist do (the RN website is kinda vague), and would it matter if I am slightly red-green colourblind? Would it be a good idea to join the reserves when I am 16 or just go straight in after A-Levels?

Thanks,
Pome-Grenade
It’s all on the RN website mate. You are tasked with identifying threats. You’ll learn about a variety of different methods in doing so, and will work with the latest weapons technology.

As for the colour blindness, it won’t bar you from entry, but it will limit your job choice. As you’re tasked with identifying threats, I’m not sure if warfare specialist will be the job for you, but I’m not 100% on that one.

Best thing to do mate, is give your local AFCO(Armed Forces Careers Office) and be completely honest with them. They will tell you on the spot if they think that is the job for you. They will even be able to give you a more in-depth look into what a warfare specialist is.

Finally the reserves. Is that what you would go for at 16 and the regular RN after A levels? Or one or the other? The reserves are great if you want a career in something else, and adventure on the side. But if it’s a life long career in the RN i’d go regular. But that’s just me, it’s all down to you to decide what you want to do buddy!

I hope this helps, and all the best in whatever you decide to do.


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Ballistic

War Hero

Hvrry

Midshipman
Roles in Warfare Specialist:

AWT Radar (above water tactical) = Basically use long, medium and close range radar, which provides early of potential hostiles in sea, land or air.

AWW Gunner (Above water weaponary, what I'm going in as) = Using long and close range radar, you identify threats toward your ship and engage using various weapons to defend your ship.

EW (Electronic warfare) = You will use electro-magnetic spectrum to scan and identify hostile radars and weapon systems. Aswell as using your knowledge of your ships radar to provide the earliest possible warning of a threat or hostile.

UW (Underwater warfare) = You will work with IT which is based sonar equipment in order to identify submarines posing a hostile threat to your ship and those ships in company with you.

Hope this helps, you don't get to choose what role you want but you can have a preference. Also I believe some of the roles require you to pass certain exams. As for the colour blindness call the Navy, they'll let you know.
 
Roles in Warfare Specialist:

AWT Radar (above water tactical) = Basically use long, medium and close range radar, which provides early of potential hostiles in sea, land or air.

AWW Gunner (Above water weaponary, what I'm going in as) = Using long and close range radar, you identify threats toward your ship and engage using various weapons to defend your ship.

EW (Electronic warfare) = You will use electro-magnetic spectrum to scan and identify hostile radars and weapon systems. Aswell as using your knowledge of your ships radar to provide the earliest possible warning of a threat or hostile.

UW (Underwater warfare) = You will work with IT which is based sonar equipment in order to identify submarines posing a hostile threat to your ship and those ships in company with you.

Hope this helps, you don't get to choose what role you want but you can have a preference. Also I believe some of the roles require you to pass certain exams. As for the colour blindness call the Navy, they'll let you know.
AWW Gunner sounds epic, think that's what I'd want to be. EW sounds cool as well but I really want to be trained on lots of weapons
 

Hvrry

Midshipman
I've completed all stages and am just waiting for my Joining date, I'm going in as a hopeful gunner. However I'd also really like to be in EW. Like I said you don't get a choice but you do get a preference.

But before you just think gunnery is for you because you like weapons, make sure to look at all the roles. If you like gunnery I'm sure you'd like Seaman Specialist (which is much more hands on in my opinion).
 

Hawke11

Midshipman
I've completed all stages and am just waiting for my Joining date, I'm going in as a hopeful gunner. However I'd also really like to be in EW. Like I said you don't get a choice but you do get a preference.

But before you just think gunnery is for you because you like weapons, make sure to look at all the roles. If you like gunnery I'm sure you'd like Seaman Specialist (which is much more hands on in my opinion).
id be open to all roles as you will find out in week 9 of your basic training.
 

CheekyMrT

Badgeman
I've completed all stages and am just waiting for my Joining date, I'm going in as a hopeful gunner. However I'd also really like to be in EW. Like I said you don't get a choice but you do get a preference.

But before you just think gunnery is for you because you like weapons, make sure to look at all the roles. If you like gunnery I'm sure you'd like Seaman Specialist (which is much more hands on in my opinion).
Im scouring threads for information on Seaman Specialist but struggling to find much apart from some bitter comments saying use the search and threads that are not a century old!

Kinda hoping you wouldn't mind sharing your thoughts?

I wanted to join when i was younger, but it never quite happened i rebelled and then life happened, Kid, marriage, separation funerals. I always regretted not joining and thought i was to old for it, until i browsed the RN career page to see i'm still just in it.

I've got around 10 years of management experience in retail and hospitality, so hoping to develop my career as and when i can within the RN.

I've just registered with my test on the 9th July. My first choice would be Marines but I'm now to old (35) I like the thought of being hands so thought maybe diver mine clearance would be good but i've been told there is a 2 year wait for people now which might push me over the age acceptance. Another option was Seaman specialist which sounds varied challenging and fun. I have a few concerns which could be deal breakers as would ruin some of the amazing perks of being in the Navy like travel and seeing the world.

1. I've seen a lot of comments about chipping and painting in older posts, less in newer is this not such a thing anymore. Not that i mind doing it just worried ill be a painter for 1 - 2 years while learning the ropes (pun intended).

2. I understand I would be part of the ships security while in port, does this mean you graft for months at time while at sea only to be on guard while the rest of the crew get rec time to explore the new surroundings? again don't mind doing this, but If i can't explore and see the world this would be a big no for me and i would need to radically rethink the job applying for.

3. I have concerns that there are no transferable skills and wonder where progression stops, again i've read there is and isn't a real progression path for this position beyond a certain point.

I think these are my main concerns. Other possible positions if i score high enough in the test maybe engineering as this would give me a great qualification should i wish to go back to the civvie life. not to sure i want to sit in a room all day staring at a screen.

I will obviously discuss this with the careers center when i go in. but i am looking for advice from people with hands on experience and not just from people trying to sell a role to fill a quota.

Probably woffaled enough just wanted to give yourself and anyone else that wished to offer some advice as much info as possible.

Thanks :)
 

slim

War Hero
If you score well enough in the test then my advice would be to go engineering.
Even though you have not joined yet you should not only be thinking "what can I do for the Navy" but "What will the navy do for me"
Engineering opens up a myriad of opportunities once you have completed your time.
Must admit have not seen many shore roles for Seaman specialists.
If you are doing "A" levels you should get a good enough score for engineering.
Start preparing for civie street soon after you join.
Don't forget to use your annual education allowance to increase your qualifications.
I understand that this allowance may also be used towards driving lessons :)
 

CheekyMrT

Badgeman
I 100% want to be at sea. I think I would be so disappointed if I had a shore base position.

I'm 35 so my a levels are a long time behind me, not that I have any. I sat the test when I was younger and got above average so lets hope I've not lost to many brain cells.

I have my driver's licence but wouldn't mind getting a parachute or scuba diving licence
 

slim

War Hero
I 100% want to be at sea. I think I would be so disappointed if I had a shore base position.

I'm 35 so my a levels are a long time behind me, not that I have any. I sat the test when I was younger and got above average so lets hope I've not lost to many brain cells.

I have my driver's licence but wouldn't mind getting a parachute or scuba diving licence
If things have not changed since my time you will find most shore stations have a diving club.
So cheap to learn to dive and if you really like it go and apply for the ships divers course (if they still have ships divers).
If you manage to go AET and get based at Yeovilton then the army do sky diving at Neveravon, not too far away.

Remember AET is Gods chosen branch :)
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
You will yearn to be ashore eventually! Just get in first - get as good a score as possible, then choose a branch/job you'll enjoy. At your age, the biggest problems will be low(ish) salary, taking orders from 'kids' fitness.

There are no Ship's Divers now - I was one. In their infinite wisdom, 'they' scrubbed round them. As said, there is a lot of diving available and on a shore base it is very cheap to learn. However, it is NOT a cheap sport outside the military confines.

If my missus knew how much all the 'tat' in my shed cost, she'd go ballistic!

It is also possible to do sky diving - in fact ANYTHING is possible!
 

slim

War Hero
You will yearn to be ashore eventually! Just get in first - get as good a score as possible, then choose a branch/job you'll enjoy. At your age, the biggest problems will be low(ish) salary, taking orders from 'kids' fitness.

There are no Ship's Divers now - I was one. In their infinite wisdom, 'they' scrubbed round them. As said, there is a lot of diving available and on a shore base it is very cheap to learn. However, it is NOT a cheap sport outside the military confines.

If my missus knew how much all the 'tat' in my shed cost, she'd go ballistic!

It is also possible to do sky diving - in fact ANYTHING is possible!
Sometimes mistakes are made by those who make decisions.
Surely Ships Divers must be one of them.
On Ark Royal they were frequently called into action
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Sometimes mistakes are made by those who make decisions.
Surely Ships Divers must be one of them.
On Ark Royal they were frequently called into action
I simply cannot comprehend that 'they' will pay civvies to do all the simple stuff we used to do. Stand fast the CDs for some things and big jobs. Then there is the security aspect when foreign - 'they' are prepared to let Johnny scuba diver under one of our war canoes or sleek black messengers of death?

I have done several things while actually at sea - who now cuts a tangled lobster pot wire (not rope) from around the fore-plane?

I do know that there were some issues with some people who had qualified as SDs, but Christ, it shouldn't have been too hard to firm things up.



And breathe. (Deep!!)
 

CheekyMrT

Badgeman
You will yearn to be ashore eventually! Just get in first - get as good a score as possible, then choose a branch/job you'll enjoy. At your age, the biggest problems will be low(ish) salary, taking orders from 'kids' fitness.

There are no Ship's Divers now - I was one. In their infinite wisdom, 'they' scrubbed round them. As said, there is a lot of diving available and on a shore base it is very cheap to learn. However, it is NOT a cheap sport outside the military confines.

If my missus knew how much all the 'tat' in my shed cost, she'd go ballistic!

It is also possible to do sky diving - in fact ANYTHING is possible!
What she doesn't know wont hurt :) must cost you a fortune if you want to get your kit abroad! EDIT - Just read your based in Spain so maybe not ha!

That's good to know, both are insanely expensive if i want to buy my own kit afterwards but offer such great alternatives to seeing the world from different perspectives. I'm just glad cycling and hiking are relatively cheap in comparison.

I'm doing some practice tests and pulling in mid to low 20's so probably a little way to go before i hit the "good" range.
 

crash_evans

Lantern Swinger
The key is to work as quickly as possible and don't miss any questions on your RT test. I am pretty sure if you search there are some tips on the RT test on here. I am also pretty sure the ones on the RN website are remarkably to the actual ones. Wait and see how you get on and then chat with the recruiter to give you your options. Then the decision comes down to what you want to do.

Before I pop smoke, I will say that just having RN on your CV will be a massive transferable skill. Don't signup to something that will be good when you leave, do something you will love when you are in. It could be a long 4 years otherwise..
 

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