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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2009
    Age on entry:
    British or British/ dual citizenship
    A recognised first degree in a computing-based subject, 180 UCAS points and 5 GCSEs (A*-C)/ 5 Scottish Standard grades (1-3)/ equivalent, including English and maths. Not all courses and qualifications, especially those at BTEC or of a more vocational nature, are suitable for inclusion within this 180 points total. Therefore candidates should seek guidance through their Naval Careers Adviser.
    Engineer (Information Systems) Officers can be men or women. However, only men can serve as Engineer (Information Systems) Officers in the Submarine Service. They must also hold full British citizenship.

    Job description

    Information is at the heart of every successful modern organisation. That is especially true in the Royal Navy, where the right information delivered at the right time can mean the difference between life and death. It is Engineer (Information Systems) Officers - E(IS) - who manage all our information systems needs.

    On board

    Engineer (Information Systems) Officer

    Name: Ian Stubbs
    Age: 26

    What do you think the next two years might have in store?
    When I've passed my Fleet Board exam, I'll go on a Trainee Management course for six weeks. Then I'll be teaching information systems for about six months, then I'll go on and work on the systems themselves either on shore or on a ship. These days, the ships are floating computers.


    How important are information systems to the Royal Navy?

    There's a big drive on information systems in the Armed Forces and increasingly the Royal Navy, Army and RAF do operations together, because we all need to rely on the systems. It's an exciting time to be on board.

    Is part of your role to teach new recruits how to deal with the technology?

    Yes. As new technology is introduced, all the people on board who use it need to be as well trained as we can get them.

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