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Evening all,
I’m currently looking into different roles in the Navy. A few roles stick out more than others...one being the Warfare Specialist.
I have read a few threads about the role, and understand that there is now sub branches. Correct me if I’m wrong.
I would prefer a more hands on job, using weaponary and and learning different pieces of equipment.
The one main question I had is if Warfare Specislists are allowed of the ship when docked in overseas countries? Some people say that you will spend most of your time guardin the ship, whilst the rest of the crew have time off to “Adventure”. Not that this would be a problem just a pain in the arse!
As well as the above, I’ve read that there is quite a lot of ship maintenance to be completed if you take up this role. I don’t know if this is true however I wouldn’t be bothered if so. I’m currently in a 4 year engineering apprenticeship. I work 8 hours a day with a 20 minute break, so understand that some jobs have to be done which are tedious and boring. However on the contrary some are fun and engaging. All this being said this apprenticeship isn’t my thing, hence why I’m looking into the navy.
I also have a Careers presentation with my local AFCO to learn more about the navy as a whole.
It would be nice to get a reply from any serving or ex warfare specialists to inform me a little more on the role, but all the help and advice is appreciated.

Cheers in advance.
Tom
 
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I have read a few threads about the role, and understand that there is now sub branches.
Providing you pass the recruit test, interview and medical you will choose a branch of preference. In your case, it will be Warfare Specialist (WS). You do not choose your sub specialisation, but you can indicate your preference and this will be noted. Around Week 7 of Phase 1, you will be notified of your sub specialisation. This is all down to the needs of the Service.

Correct me if I’m wrong.
I would prefer a more hands on job, using weaponary and and learning different pieces of equipment.
All WS are trained in personal weapons (SA80 A1), but naturally Above Water Weapons (AWW) are trained in more weapons, and will be then streamed Type 45 or Type 23. This will then decide what further weapon systems you will be trained on. For example, Type 23 AWW are trained on 20mm, 30mm, MK 44 mini gun, GPMG etc.

With regards to equipment, all WS receive 5 weeks Action Information Organisation training (RADAR) at the start of their course. this is a PASS/FAIL module and must be completed before moving on to your 'trade' training. Which I suspect will be AWW (see above). The only exception to this is the Electronic Warfare (EW), as they only receive a 1 week 'taster' to RADAR. This is primarily because they have a greater knowledge of sensors etc.

The one main question I had is if Warfare Specislists are allowed of the ship when docked in overseas countries? Some people say that you will spend most of your time guardin the ship, whilst the rest of the crew have time off to “Adventure”. Not that this would be a problem just a pain in the arse!
Everyone has a role on board, whether this is foreign or in UK waters. If you are in the Duty Watch on the first day in, you dip out. As a WS, you will be either employed on the gangway (1 in 2 watches, 6 hours on and 6 hours off) for 24 hours 'guardin, as you said above. More than often you are the guy/girl who says make sure you peg out and in (so you know who is on board and who isn't). The evenings are where most of the fun is, watching people come back slightly worse for wear and guiding them up the gangway.. Or, you will be employed as a member of a firefighting team, in which case you will be sitting about and prepping your civvies for the next day. If you have a good CHOPS (M) (your boss), he will give you a make and mend (early finish) and you can go off and 'adventure'.

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I’ve read that there is quite a lot of ship maintenance to be completed if you take up this role. I don’t know if this is true however I wouldn’t be bothered if so. I’m currently in a 4 year engineering apprenticeship. I work 8 hours a day with a 20 minute break, so understand that some jobs have to be done which are tedious and boring. However on the contrary some are fun and engaging. All this being said this apprenticeship isn’t my thing, hence why I’m looking into the navy.
Everyone on board carries out maintenance to a more or less degree. I wont go on about the Weapon Engineers and their idea of 'maintenance'.. As a WS, you get the upper deck to maintain as well as 'flats' or passageways. This is split up into Part of Ship (Forecastle, Top, Boats and Quarterdeck) (Pointy end, top bit, bit where the boats are and blunt end). It is a bit pump doing it in Plymouth when it is honking and wet. However, when you are foreign you can off tops and get your shorts on and do some serious bronzing.

I know AWW sounds sexy and it has guns and shit, but 4 hours into a Thursday War off the coast of Plymouth in Feb can get a bit chilly... I can recommend sitting in the sound room hunting Russian submarines in the warm, eating biscuits.

I hope this helps.
 
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