Writer or CIS? Decisions!

Ahoy89

Midshipman
#1
Passed my RT and I have a few options.

Originally I wanted CIS but I now hear it's changed? I've spoken to a few people who are current CIS and a couple of them have branch changed and the others warned me against it!

My second option was writer.
I also had mine warfare specialist.

Anyone have any opinions?!
I know it's my decision at the end of the day, think I'm heading more towards writer... Not sure of this engineering lark!

 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#2
Depends on the individual.

CIS now has technical qualifications, Writer & MW don't.

If you are looking for transferable skills, I'd place ET(WE)CIS first, followed by Writer. Writers don't go to sea much. Mine-Warfare is similar to Warfare Specialist but restricted to minor war vessels. As such, apart from the Gulf, overseas travel is unlikely to take-in much beyond Europe if things remain unchanged.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#8
Writer offers more shore time. For sure. May not sound appealing now but it will in a few years.

However, more paper work/admin and auditing etc.
It's certainly the case that the average matelot only serves around six years - usually because they gain the transferable skills and their personal circumstances evolve. Once people settle in to a relationship, maybe have kids etc., going to sea is no longer compatible for everyone.

One thing that does bewilder me however, is people who join the Navy who don't want to go to sea from the outset.
 
#9
It's certainly the case that the average matelot only serves around six years - usually because they gain the transferable skills and their personal circumstances evolve. Once people settle in to a relationship, maybe have kids etc., going to sea is no longer compatible for everyone.

One thing that does bewilder me however, is people who join the Navy who don't want to go to sea from the outset.
My bold - in my experience this is, very worryingly, an increasing trend - I blame the Careers Advisers!;)
 
#11
Spent my time in the Writer branch - for me, though, I was always looking at the greener grass - really enjoyed the RASs (even at 05 dubs) (batman on the bridge roof - superb!) - seaman specialists skidding around in seariders, s**tloads of stokers on a run ashore together having a good crack. Almost tx to HC but it would have meant next 4 years at sea on a 42 or some such...staring at Movement Occurence Reports all day was never my ambition...just sayin
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#17
Promotion should be pretty much equal and depends on the competency of the individual being reported upon, not where they are serving.

Trouble is, there will always some who are able to write 'better' appraisal reports than others so although it shouldn't be the case, there can sometimes be localised anomalies due to flaws in the reporting chain process.
 
#18
Given the change to pay structures, eligibility for Engineers FRI and fast track under Faraday, CIS has suddenly become alot more attractive
 

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