WS and Skills/Qualifications

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  1. Hi all,

    After I finish A-Levels this year I'm planning on joining the Navy, I did consider Army and RAF but neither really appealed to me in the end. The role that's drawn my attention most is Warfare Specialist, because initially it seems like a fairly interesting and diverse job, but after reading around on the forums here the people who say WS is anything other than boring are few and far between, and most say to just go into engineering which at the moment doesn't seem particularly exciting or something I think I'd do well in.
    CIS Specialist also stood out to me and appears to be a job that would give me more useful skills under my belt when/if I eventually leave and I am interested in working with electronics/computers, but like engineering I'm not sure if it's a role I'd be suited to (I prefer using equipment/computers to physically working on them).

    I suppose my main question is what can a WS can expect to be doing day-to-day other than the general duties such as cleaning, and if WS doesn't provide useful experience as people claim what opportunities does the Navy give to gaining other qualifications?

  2. I'm just a recruit waiting for my dates to Raleigh, but from what I've read on the website you can expect to work in the ops room with sonar/radar, manning defences, keeping watch whilst docked, playing with giant guns and firearms,. and humanitarian missions.
    Then the usual cleaning jobbies everyone has to do. I'm a bit like you by the sounds of it. I finished my degree, decided to join the RN as a WS and found a lot of negativity towards the trade, read a lot of "all they do is clean" etc. To me it sounds the most exciting trade, as I too am born without an engineering bone in my body and would quickly become unsatisfied with an alternate trade.
  3. Yeah that's what I understood from it, and is what attracted me to it. Most of the people shunning WS said they spend a lot of time cleaning, though I'm sure almost everyone has to at some point so it can't really be a negative against the role/branch. At the end of the day you do what you'll find interesting, which for me will likely be WS. If I'm able to pick up other skills on the side in the mean time then the transition back to civilian life might not be so hard. No point going into engineering to get an engineering qualification to do more engineering when you leave if you don't like engineering.

    Good luck on getting your date for Raleigh though, up to 24 months for WS probably isn't a thrilling wait. I haven't even applied yet so I still have every single day of it to look forward to!
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    A refreshing observation.

    Something unique to the Warfare Branch is that for as long as I can remember, some intellectually challenged & more vocal individuals seem to think they are the only people on the planet that have a menial aspect to the job that involves painting and cleaning. As far as they are concerned, the rest of the entire Navy apparently has a team of contractors parachuted-in to do those bits for them. Most people just get on with it, but there will always be those that insist on a song & dance, gnashing of teeth and howls of anguish as a preamble because they still think they are in secondary school against their will and were forced to join the Navy by the press gang. Obviously, we don't shoot missiles and fire weapons at baddies continuously every day & there are mundane aspects to every job, as I'm sure you'll appreciate.

    It is true to say that the upperdeck is largely Warfare "part of ship" and this involves "ship husbandry" preservation evolutions which indeed involve oiling, greasing, cleaning and painting. Not much fun in UK, but few complaints are heard in the tropics.
  5. Actually one query I just thought up is do WS specialise in one thing, i.e. radar, or is it what I'm led to believe and they do everything from manning guns to radar and just rotate?
  6. I see what you did there =D
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  7. My AFCO told me that after three years as a WS you can specialse in either above or below water warfare. From there it was explained to me that you'll be schooled in all aspects of either above or below water warfare, rather than just specialising in one specific aspect i.e radar.
  8. I know, I'm not proud of it.

    Ah that's alright then, for some reason I was under the assumption that you had to choose during or straight after training.
  9. Nah I don't think so. I think you may be given a brief insight into the various overall aspects of which ever branch you're joining up to at Raleigh. Then during phase 2 at Collingwood be shown in greater detail each element which contructs in this case the Warfare branch; from what I've read a lot of shooting, cleaning and comms work.

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