Weapon Engineer Officer - training pipeline help


War Hero
StixJimboRM said:
K640 said:
StixJimboRM said:
K640 said:
StixJimboRM said:
older_joiner said:
professional training element at HMS Collingwood (which is in Hampshire mate).


Last time I looked Portsmouth WAS in Hampshire!

Is there a new UK boundaries map?


I thought Collingwood was in Fareham which is in Hampshire but isn't in Portsmouth, so OJ was correct in correcting the OP :wink:

I think you are splitting hairs there, don't you? :roll:

I guess that's the polite way of putting it :D

You are clearly a strawberry mivvy! simples

I have a horrible feeling that I'm missing something here... :oops:


Lantern Swinger
Having an educated guess at the acronyms...

CBRND = Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defence (used to be called NBCD in my day!)
SPO = Ship's Protection Organisation
ISSC = Intermediate Sea Survival Course

Others more current than myself will be able to provide a little more detail on what each entails.

All of the above takes place at HMS Excellant. CBRND training is a series of briefs followed by a visit to the Gas Chamber to test those gas masks! This is followed by more briefs and practical firefighting training in the fantastic simulators we have. And the Pièce de résistance: a bash in the DRIU (Damage repair Instructional Unit) see here for more details:

The DRIU is great fun, especially if you get to go into the machinery space.

SPO (Ships Protection Organisation) Takes place on HMS Bristol and again is a very enjoyable evolution teaching you how to respond should any undesirables get aboard the ship.

ISSC is all about how to survive should you be required to abandon ship and gives you all the skills necessary to survive, culminating in a leap into a freezing cold lake (depending on the time of year) to board a life raft. Great stuff!

I hope this is of some help to you and I wish you all the best!


War Hero
mmatt22 said:
I am brushing up my knowledge for my AIB; I am applying as a DGE Weapons Engineer. This is a summary of the training pipeline I have put together from info from the website + careers office publication.
Please if you can point out any mistakes or things I may have missed out + any information on what happens after SEMC, e.g. next step? Is there an exam at the end?

Training Pipeline:

Start BRNC Dartmouth (Devon)
28 weeks – split into 2 terms of 14 weeks

Term 1: Initial training featuring; induction, firearms SA80 course, defence writing and Command Leadership & Management, Boat handling + navigations, warfare, Whole ship organisation, operation planning and Marine environment. Also Basic Sea Safety Course and ABLE.

Term 2: 10 weeks of Initial Fleet Time (ending in Fleet Board), then back to BRNC for 4 including MARL + passing out

Professional training – HMS Collingwood (Portsmouth)
Approx. 10 months at HMS Collingwood SEMC(WE) course.
• Phase I :
13 weeks - Naval Systems, Principlces and Techniques
• Phase II:
12 weeks - Weapon Engineering, Administration and Management.
• Phase IIIa:
6 Weeks – Leadership CBRND/SPO/ISSC
• SFT(WE) as AWEO (Surface fleet time? As an assistant weo?)
Platform base PJTs
• Phase IIIb
6 Weeks - Platform/CIS PJT
Then join the fleet as a junior WEO?

I have underlined parts i do not understand - So if anyone can help elaborate them that would be great.
The person that gave me information on the SEMC course mentioned that between ether Phase I and II or II and III there is more time at sea. I cannot remember were, can anyone help me?

Many thanks

I had your post relayed today to a WEO who is very well placed indeed to advise.

The reply says:

"His outline is spot on. To answer the queries:

- SFT - Specialist Fleet Time as an Assistant WEO for approx 12

- There is a period of sea time between Phase 1 and 2, which
has just been implemented, known as Junior WEO's time to prepare them
for the management phase again lasting approx 12 weeks.

- After SEMC you join the Fleet as a WE section officer -
either Deputy WEO, Weapon Section Officer or some sort of other
technical sounding title which is pretty much ship dependant. "


Lantern Swinger
mmatt22 said:
Thanks so much all :)

Oj - Yes I am hoping for January entry, I have my AIB this Sunday, will let you know how it goes/what they say about entry.

Sorry, meant to reply yesterdau but I was on my phones internet.

Good luck with the 3 (2) days and let me know how the situation is when you've passed.

edit- Soleil

From me, many thanks as that is information (other then your helpful links at the beginning of this week) I have yet to find as I haven't been able to contact my recruitment Lt as of yet.


Lantern Swinger
mmatt22 said:
Thanks so much all :)

Oj - Yes I am hoping for January entry, I have my AIB this Sunday, will let you know how it goes/what they say about entry.

How'd it go?

I have been told that all AIBs running until christmas are booked now, so it looks like May for me now.


Sorry it took so long to reply I have been away, but I passed :)!!!!

I have got my selection letter through two days after I got back (and before my AIB pass letter had even come back ^^) and I will be starting in January.

Cant wait :)


Lantern Swinger
Good man
When you say been away, I take it for granted it has been in a drunken stupor from the celebrations.

How did you find it?

I'm glad the selection letter turn around time is rapid as I have to give my 1 months notice at work, should I pass my AIB at the beginning of December (late cancellation).

Latest Threads

New Posts