What can you tell me about...

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  1. Hey, all!
    I posted a thread a couple days back regarding changing specialization choices before being sent off to Raleigh. Again, thanks to everyone who posted!

    After looking at the RN site, I've become more interested in a couple of area which I hope people can tell me a little about. Possibly someone who is/had worked in that field who can tell me what actually happens in day-to day work and not just what they want you to think. Employers have a way of glossing over a work description.

    The areas I'm interested in are:

    Personnel Logistician or Supply Chain Logistician,
    Communications Information Systems (CIS) specialist,
    Warfare specialist.

    At the moment, these would all be on the surface fleet, but hearing about the role ont he subs would be interesting too!

    Thanks guys!
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  2. Who did you threaten then :laughing7: ?
  3. Bloody hell, that's broad brush. It would be easier to say what branches you weren't interested in!!
  4. Everyone any anyone who makes sassy comments :p
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  5. Haha, yeah almost! I'm not expecting a single person to tell me everything. Just a little bit about what they do/did if they were in these fields.

    I'm pretty sure I'm not interested in being a marine engineer though, to narrow the list down a bit!
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  6. That's me out then :)
  7. I took a crack at doing Mechanical Engineering at Jewel & Esk college a few years back. I just couldn't hack it. I think I'd be making a mistake going for an engineering position.
  8. Well parried young jedi, go far, you will. :laughing7:.
  9. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer


    As Wrecks has said, you've covered most branches there. In order to help us, why not tell us what you want from your job? Do you want to be busy/not so busy, do you want to work routine hours/have some variety, what elements of a job do you think you'll enjoy? etc etc
  10. I think telling you that would mean you would be suggesting branches to go into rather than informing me about them so I can make up my own mind without being persuaded. No offense or anything.
    Nut as for your questions, Sure, I'd prefer to be busy (not swamped, but busy.) I'd like to have some routine so I can plan around it more effectively. I mostly enjoy working as part of a team - which was a big part of me wanting to join up in the first place. I'd also like to be an a branch where its possible to progress and learn, rather than a 'dead end' job.

  11. I'm joining up as a CIS(SM). Apart from the information that is on the Navy's info sheet on the specialisation, i came up with this that seems to be a bit more detailed. This is what i revised before i had my selection interview and it seemed to do me well when i was asked what a CIS does.

    The CIS branch deal with all forms of Electronic communications. They mainly work in the main communications office. Their duties including tuning up of transmitter and receivers, HF, UHF and VHF. You will also deal with the satellite links back to the UK. You will also be involved in running the internal computer links and solving people problems. If the systems fail then you need to act quickly to re-route by whatever is available and in the worst scenario go back to the older style communications. You will always be watch keeping (Shift work) at sea and when ashore in the comms centres as it's important to maintain 24 hrs connection. You will also get involved in whole ship evolutions such as Seamanship, fire-fighting and general ships maintenance.
  12. This is interesting. If I opt for CIS, I'll definatly revise this for when they interview me. You say they work mainly in the main communications office. Does that mean I wont be at sea often?
  13. No as in the communications office on board the submarine or ship. There will obviously be times when not at sea so you will do your job ashore. This is the write up from the Navy's info sheet if you havent seen it already.

    As a Communications and Information Systems (CIS) Specialist (Submariner) you’ll be​
    a central member of the submarine’s Warfare branch. Using highly sensitive radioand satellite systems, you’ll send and receive vital messages from the shore, shipsand other ‘friendly’ subs. Those messages will often contain orders and otherinformation for those in command. And, as you’re part of a covert operation, a lotof it will be classified ‘top secret’. Whether you’re on routine surveillance or goinginto action, you’ll be part of a tight-knit team on board one of the most formidable
    fighting machines in the Royal Navy.
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  14. Just to warn you Jamie, CIS is one of the higher RT scores you'll have to get.
  15. When I sat the RT initially, I was going for marine engineer. Obviously I had a sufficient score then for that - I'd assume the score for CIS inst too much higher. Would I be required to sit the RT again even if it was a high enough score?
  16. If the score was high enough, no worries. If not then it's "round again cox'n".
  17. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    If you like to be busy, I'd avoid logistics, unless you want to be a chef.
  18. Sometimes too much information about a subject/career can be confusing.

    Ask yourself what you want out of the job, read the brochures from the careers office and dive in! Too much info will cloud you and possibly steer towards a bad choice.
  19. What makes you say that? I mean, I sort of had a fear that logistics (especially supply chain) is basically a glorified shop keeper. No offense to anyone doing it - I'd assume there's more to it.
  20. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    Logs (pers) and (supply) tend to be busy at senior rate level only, at sea that is (in fact a PO (pers) on a frigate is very, very busy), when in a UPO ashore they seem to do as much "staff training" as the Junior Rates.

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