odd question, but when is it exactly that you're awarded your dolphins? as submarine school lasts only another 10 weeks after 8 weeks of basic, and that seemed too short a time to be turned into one of Gods chosen few.
Got to ask, what is an ET(MES). Is it an E(TM), E(IS), ME(SM). I am guessing you mean ET(ME(SM)) If so you will do usually SMQ dry in Faslane or Devonport - next you will do your SMQ wet and then you will get your dolphins. SMQ dry lasts a bunch of weeks - about 8 I think and then qualification at sea another 6 - 8. Then when you do that you will go straight and do your Cat D watchkeeping etc....
Engineering Technician - In the ME world, forget Stokers and Tiffs, everyone joins up as ET now. The idea is that the ET receives the training for his next job just before he does it (rather than with tiffs, where you train them for years and they've forgotten it all by the time they join).
in really simple terms, the ET is the "makey-learny", LET is your skilled tradesman, watchkeeper/maintainer, POET is your diagnostician/head of section, CPOET is a group head.
What the MESM world gets now is Leading Hands doing real jobs with real skill, the LET is a formidable killick.
.....Not at all. Just (IMHO) as a MESM the killick has been a sadly under used bloke, capable of much more than he's been allowed to do.
LET(MESM) provides a distinct difference between the AB and the LH ability, now the MESM killick should get the responsibility (and recognition) he deserves.