X(SM) question(s)...

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  1. With my AIB coming up, I realise I'm missing out on some information regarding my career path. I know it inside and out from the time I enter BRNC, through IWOF, Navigation Course, Specialist Fleet Time, Initial Warfare Course and through submarine training including Part 3 to gain the dolphins.

    After that... my knowledge is disturbingly short. I know that you have to eventually do the FNO and Advanced Warfare Course prior to pushing on Perisher (you know, if I get that far, but aim high and all that...). My real question is this: what sort of time scale are you looking at, appointment wise and so forth? How long on the first boat, what sort of jobs might you be doing in that time. Career progression, essentially.

    It's shameful I've got this far in the process and got through SIFT not knowing this. I've searched through the forums and found a few threads that have some of the information, but it's widely dispersed and not too easy to link together.

    Anyone got any ideas? All appreciated.
  2. If you're worried about getting asked this at AIB...don't. They are more interested in the depth of your knowledge about the beginning of your career pipeline (time at BRNC, length of commission, etc.) than how long you think it will take to get to Perisher.

    Edited to add : Apologies, didn't read all of your post. Your first job as a Junior X(SM) will be CASO - Casing Officer. You'll be in charge of making sure nothing attached to the Boat's casing rattles and gives it's position away (you'll probably find more detail on the job on Rum Ration, but I doubt the board will delve any further than that). As far as draft length, I believe it's around 2 - 2.5 years, although someone more qualified may come and correct me. You also won't spend each draft attached to a Boat, so find out what shore jobs you could get. You certainly won't need to know the ins and outs of the Advanced Warfare Course or anything like that for AIB.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011
  3. Also think about your longer term ambition - where do you want to be in 10 years time? Do you aspire to command?

    Best of luck.
  4. CASO is also nominally in charge of the casing party who are the blokes you see stood on the casing as boats enter and leave ports. During your first sea draft, you will have a series of different roles, this being just one of them. Others include SCO, CORRO, and NO. When you return as a watch leader, you will be either the TASO or TSO. All of these jobs have been described previously on here by people better able to than I, and if you use the search function, you will find them.
  5. Alright, I want to do a quick check of understanding here:

    CASO - Casing Officer
    CORRO - Correspondence Officer
    TASO - Torpedo/Anti Submarine Officer
    TSO - Tactical Systems Officer
    NO - Navigation Officer (not certain on this one)
    CBO - Confidential Books Officer
    SO - Sonar Officer (I know you didn't put this last one, but I'm going on a gut feeling here that something like this exists)

    The only one I couldn't seem to find a firm answer to was SCO.
  6. SCO - Signal Communications Officer.
    Not sure about SO (used to be used for Supply Officer aka Logistics Officer), but the rest are correct.

    Don't use acronyms at AIB, spell 'em out! You're not expected to be an expert, but do have a working knowledge of your future career.
    As I said before, future aspiration is worth considering.
    Good luck!
  7. Ooops.

    TASO. Towed Array and Sonar Officer.

    SO used to be Sonar Officer (Warfare branch) in the dim and distant past, but more recently was indeed the Supply Officer (Supply branch, as was), a completely different and unrelated job (which is now called LSO).

    The others are correct.

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